FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT

“From one generation to the next” is a pilot program organised on the island of Skopelos, with the participation of a Kindergarten and an Elderly Open Care Center, during which the kindergarten children learned about oral history and how to ask questions, through a process that resembles a game.
Using the methodology of oral history, they recorded fairy tales, stories from the daily life and the games the elderly individuals described to them. The innovation of this program lies in the fact that nothing similar has ever been done between these age groups.
The action was implemented in the framework of the “Points of Support” program which is co-funded by the TIMA Charitable Foundation, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Hellenic Hope Charity and the Bodossaki Foundation. The artwork was included in the thematic album published in June by the non-profit organisation “Plegma”.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of the program is to familiarise children with the methodology of oral history, and for them to spend time with men and women of the older generation, where they can find out how this coexistence can become interesting and fun.
After this experience, children will seek to spend more time with older individuals. In addition, the time that the elderly spend with the children fills them with joy and optimism, and they feel useful in society by conveying their knowledge.

FOUR ISLANDS

This action will take place in four island Municipalities (Skopelos, Skiathos, Andros), since it will be interesting to collect and compare the memories of the senior citizens through the oral history process, based on the common denominator of the sea and the life around it.
This action is realised thanks to a donation of the TIMA Charity Foundation.

Was the daily life of the islanders in the Cycladic islands different than that in the Sporades islands? How did they cultivate the land and what products did they grow? Did they play the same games? Did they tell the same fairy tales?

THE IDEA

The elderly have many stories to tell and share, but they usually don’t have anyone to tell them to, whereas young children frequently don’t have the experience of storytelling from their grandfather or grandmother.
As a result, a gap is created between the generations while popular wisdom and culture are no longer carried on from one generation to the other.

During these meetings, the children have the opportunity, with the guidance of teachers and a historian specialised in oral history, to collect information on the following subjects:

  • Fairy tales
  • Games they used to play in the past
  • Personal stories – experiences.

These narrations serve as inspiration for the children, who then go on to create their own works of art.
Each action is completed with a small celebration between the elderly and the children, where they have the opportunity to sing and play games together, and the senior citizens will show the children the games they played when they were young.
This website presents the narrations of each region and the artwork of the children combined with the stories that inspired them during the meetings.

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ABOUT US

Η αστική μη κερδοσκοπική εταιρεία “Πλέγμα” ιδρύθηκε το Φεβρουάριο του 2014. Με έδρα τη Σκόπελο, αναπτύσσει ένα πλέγμα πολιτιστικών δραστηριοτήτων σε όλη την Ελλάδα και την Ευρώπη.

“Plegma”, a civil non-profit organization, was founded in February of 2014. Based on the island of Skopelos, it engages in a range of cultural activities throughout Greece and Europe.

Its statutory purposes include:

  • cultural management
  • cultural activities
  • cultural networking
  • the organization of seminars and educational, cultural and tourism events
  • the organization of theatrical plays

Responsible for the historical aspects of the program was Kyriaki Foteiadou.
Eirini Pittakidou was Project Manager for Andros, Vassiliki Nikolakopoulou and Danae Kalliabetsou for Syros, and Elli Fameliari and Konstantina Angeletou for Skiathos and Skopelos.