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OUR SERVICES > INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING PROGRAMME (ILP)


☞ Important Notice:

With effect from 1st May 2019, the ILP capping of 4 learning credits per calendar year has been removed. That means to say seniors get to enjoy more opportunities to attend ILP learning course (fully subsided) under the NSA.

We encourage seniors to choose ILP courses that best match their interests.

Please note that last minute withdrawal from the programme without any valid reason will affect your acceptance for subsequent ILP courses.

We are introducing a new Refer-A-Friend (RAF) reward system.
Click here for more information.

Family Central - ILP


Our full list of ILP courses:
Stimulate Your Mind With Basic Coding!
Have a Fun-Tastic Time with Clay Art!
MS Word & Facebook for Seniors
Personalize Your Own Terrarium
Capturing Every Moment
Fun with Youtube and Gmail
Fun with Ukulele! - Part 1 & Part 2
Fun with Herbs!
Smarter SG Travels
Gotcha! (Smartphone Camera in Action)
Enliven Your Photos Through Google Photos!
Printmaking Galore!
My First Green Harvest
Get Creative with Designing Your Own Bag
Fun with Fingerprint Art!
Communicate & Sell
Connecting Through Instagram
Pebble Art
Ukulele 101
Get Moving with Zumba Gold
Basic Cartoon Animation for Seniors!
Fun with Guzheng Ensemble!
Let Us Sing!
Let's Make SHRINK-Keychains!
Making a Terrarium with Recycled Materials!
Colour My Tote!
Chinese Arts Appreciation
Fun with Crafts
Design & Paint My Tote Bag
Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Seniors for Smart Nation
Let's Get Fit-Tech-Stic!
E-Read & Cyberwellness
Creative Gift Wrapping
Basic Photography Skills
Walk for Life
WhatsApp & more
Basic Choral Singing Techniques
Learn to Design in 3D!

Family Central, a service by Fei Yue Community Services, was officially appointed by the Council for Third Age (C3A) as programme organiser for the Intergenerational Learning Programme (ILP) with effect from June 2013.

The ILP aims to encourage intergenerational bonding by matching youths and seniors in a group learning environment. Through practical lessons such as Skype, Facebook, managing health and laughter yoga, seniors acquire new knowledge while youths share theirs and learn character building.

Family Central can provide a framework and methodology, capacity building through training, consultancy and sharing of best practices, and participating schools can count their ILPs as part of their service learning initiatives. These programmes will help forge intergenerational solidarity and promote social cohesion.

Objectives of ILP
1) To enhance the mental and social wellbeing of seniors through learning and intergenerational interactions.
Studies have shown that physical and mental activity, as well as connectedness to friends and family, helps to keep illnesses such as dementia and depression at bay.

2) To improve public perceptions and attitudes between generations through intergenerational interactions, thus building social cohesion.
Both generations hold negative stereotypes about each other. Seniors are often thought of as "frail", "slow", "irrelevant", "behind times" and even a "burden". The youth are often considered "disrespectful", "stubborn" and "lack values". The ILP aims to correct these misperceptions by providing opportunities for seniors and youth to interact with each other.

3) To promote a vibrant lifelong learning landscape.
While there are many peer learning programmes available for seniors, intergenerational learning programmes, especially programmes where the youth teach seniors, are few and far between. With the ILP, seniors now have more choices when it comes to learning.


Benefits of ILP
For Seniors

Learn new skills and knowledge
Seniors have shared that the ILP's one-to-one instruction style, which can be customised to their individual needs and learning pace, helped them to learn better.

Make new friends
Seniors reported that they made new friends, both young and old. In fact, most seniors reported that they particularly treasured the opportunity to interact with the youth most of their children have grown up and are living apart.

Contribute to society
Through the interaction, seniors have a chance to share their knowledge and life experience with the younger generation. As such, they play an important role in helping to shape a new generation of Singaporeans who hold positive perceptions of seniors and ageing.

"I have successfully learnt the Social Networking tools- Facebook, and also made new friends during this programme. I enjoyed the intergenerational bonding activities between the younger and older generation."
– Shirley Teo, 55, senior participant at Temasek Polytechnic's Social Networks ILP


"They are willing to share with us their knowledge. They are also patient and helpful towards us"
– Susan Ong Siew Luan, 61, senior participant at Raffles Institution's ICT ILP


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For Youth
Learn a practical application of knowledge and skills. Besides applying their knowledge during the curriculum design process, the youth also learn as they teach the seniors. Seniors are often inquisitive and they tend to ask their student buddies questions beyond the formal curriculum. This then forces them to read up on the topic so that they can better teach their 'student'.

Develop both their character and values, including respect for seniors. The youth pick up leadership and communication skills through the ILP as they have to plan and execute the ILPs. Through their interaction with seniors, they also pick up values like respect for seniors and their wealth of life experience. Students often bring these values home which help them improve their relationships with their senior family members.

"It helped me as I learnt how to interact with people from another generation."
– Syed Abrar Jamil, 16, youth participant at Clementi Woods Secondary School's ICT ILP

"I have learnt so much more about myself, like being happy is the key and live life to the fullest. I feel that I have grown as a leader as I lower my pride and learn from the seniors and to practise humility."
– Sabrina Ang Xiao Ling, 17, youth participant at Dunman High School's ICT ILP

"Senior doesn't mean old. They are able to catch what is taught and are not slow at all."
– Joanne Low Hui Ting, 19, youth participant at ITE College East's Hair & Scalp ILP

"We are most appreciative of the opportunity to participate in the ILP under the auspices of C3A and with the appointed organiser, Family Central. The programme has been running now for 4 years as part of our Gerontological Management Studies (GEM) Diploma and is an extremely valuable learning opportunity for the GEM students, and indeed, for all involved. Messages, such as Mr Chang’s bring home the significance of the ILP to the senior buddies. I’m sure this appreciation runs to many other senior buddies in the many ILPs now in place across Singapore. We too look forward to many more ILPs and trust that we (students, staff and TP) can help in some small way towards this larger endeavour of ‘intergenerational solidarity’. Thank you for your support."
- Ms. Julie Anne Spencer, Section Head (Gerontological Management Studies), School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Temasek Polytechnic

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For Seniors

1. What are the eligibility criteria that I must fulfill if I want to participate in an ILP?
Answer: The ILP is open to seniors aged 50 and above, Singaporean or Singapore Permanent Resident (PR). Each ILP may also have other eligibility criteria stipulated by the organising school, so you will have to refer to the registration details for the specific ILP that you are interested in.

2. Do I have to pay to participate in an ILP?
Answer: It depends on the organising schools. Most of the ILPs are free. However, some schools charge a nominal registration fee or require a nominal deposit from the participants.

3. Where is the ILP held?
Answer: The ILP takes place at the organising school.

4. I am interested in participating in an ILP. How do I know when the next one will be conducted?
Answer: You can email us to indicate your interest and we will let you know when the next ILP is open for registration.

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For Schools and Students

1. What is the duration of a typical ILP?
Answer: An ILP can be between one to four sessions. Each session is at least 2.5 hours.

2. Who can organise an ILP?
Answer: The ILP is open to anyone who wishes to initiate a programme. Currently, the ILPs are initiated by schools, school clubs or even student groups within schools as part of service learning.

3. When can I organise an ILP?
Answer: The ILP is flexible, so it depends on your school's schedule. However, do inform Family Central early if you wish to organise an ILP to facilitate planning. At a minimum, you would have to give us at least 2 months' advance notice. This is to allow for sufficient time to plan and execute an ILP using the pre-developed curricula, and for the recruitment of seniors. If you wish to design your own ILP curriculum, more lead-time would be required.

4. I am planning to organise an ILP and develop my own curriculum. What are the more popular topics that the seniors are interested in?
Answer: Based on feedback from seniors, some of the topics that interest them include Microsoft Word/ Excel/ PowerPoint, photography, photo/ video editing, wellness, web design, IT, games, e-Bay, transferring of photographs from the phone to computer, gardening, floral arrangement, public speaking, and communication skills.

5. What is the size of an ILP?
Answer: The size of a class is flexible and depends on the number of people each school can accommodate. Typically, to optimize the learning experience in a classroom setting, we recommend that each ILP has a maximum number of 40 participants (seniors and youth). It can be a 1:1 ratio or a 2:1 ratio. The size of an ILP also varies depending on a school's resources, e.g. number of computers in the IT lab for an ICT ILP.

6. What is the profile of the senior participants in an ILP?
Answer: The seniors are generally 50 years and above, and are conversant in English. Many are working or retired professionals who are interested in acquiring new skills and interacting with youth.

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Upcoming ILP courses

Stimulate Your Mind With Basic Coding!
Tags: programming, game, creating, robot, codes>
3 Julybacktotop

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Have a Fun-Tastic Time with Clay Art!
Tags: mould, techniques, magnet, cup, decorate>
3 Julybacktotop

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MS Word & Facebook for Seniors
Tags: document, safety, poster, create>
9 Julybacktotop

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Personalise Your Own Terrarium!
Tags: DIY, learn, grow, care, nature>
12 Julybacktotop

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Capturing Every Moment
Tags: photo, collage, edit, acrylic, smartphone>
18 Julybacktotop

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Fun with Youtube and Gmail
Tags: demo, vlog, video, smartphone, send>
18 Julybacktotop

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Fun with Ukulele! - Part 1 & 2
Tags: basic, beginner, strum, tune, practice>
19 Julybacktotop

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Fun with Herbs!
Tags: health, plant, grow, nutrition>
24 Julybacktotop

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Smarter SG Travels
Tags: taxi, travel, bus, map, Singapore>
24 Julybacktotop

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Gotcha! (Smartphone Camera in Action)
Tags: smartphone, photography, editing, collage>
25 Julybacktotop

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Enliven Your Photos Through Google Photos!
Tags: web, app, edit, password, storage>
25 Julybacktotop

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Printmaking Galore!
Tags: paper, print, tool, create, art>
25 Julybacktotop

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My First Green Harvest
Tags: hydrophonics, plant, handson, grow>
28 Julybacktotop

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Get Creative with Designing Your Own Bag
Tags: reuse, recyle, beauty, craft, practical>
29 Julybacktotop

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Fun with Fingerprint Art!
Tags: creative, colour, show, paint>
29 Julybacktotop

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Communicate & Sell
Tags: whatsapp, carousell, communicate, sell, buy>
31 Julybacktotop

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Connecting Through Instagram
Tags: smartphone, photography, editing, publish>
31 Julybacktotop

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Pebble Art
Tags: acrylic, paint, technique, brush, nature, admire>
31 Julybacktotop

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Ukulele 101
Tags: strum, music, song, perform>
31 Julybacktotop

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Get Moving with Zumba Gold
Tags: sweat, dance, aerobics, energy, music>
2 Augustbacktotop

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Basic Cartoon Animation for Seniors!
Tags: app, simple, tool, animate, video>
2 Augustbacktotop

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Fun with Guzheng Ensemble
Tags: music, fingering, instrument, song>
2 Augustbacktotop

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Let Us Sing!
Tags: technique, excercise, pitch, rhythm>
2 Augustbacktotop

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Let's Make SHRINK-Keychains!
Tags: design, mini, plastic, personalise, gift>
2 Augustbacktotop

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Making A Terrarium with Recycled Materials!
Tags: save, earth, green, garden, mini>
2 Augustbacktotop

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Colour My Tote!
Tags: effect, unique, create, mix, match>
5 Augustbacktotop

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Chinese Arts Appreciation
Tags: tea, culture, chinese, asian, western>
5 Augustbacktotop

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Fun with Crafts
Tags: terrarium, garden, art, traditional>
7 Augustbacktotop

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Design & Paint My Tote Bag
Tags: design, colour, sketch, paint, daily>
14 Augustbacktotop

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Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
Tags: sports, interact, gardens, outing>
14 Augustbacktotop

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Seniors for a Smart Nation
Tags: carousell, qoo10, shopee, shop, sell>
14 Augustbacktotop

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Let's Get Fit-Tech-Stic!
Tags: health, access, improve, manage, excercise>
16 Augustbacktotop

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E-Read & Cyberwellness
Tags: internet, worldwide, reading, feature, google>
21 Augustbacktotop

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Creative Gift Wrapping
Tags: simple, advanced, prepare, beautiful>
28 Augustbacktotop

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Basic Photography Skills
Tags: technique, tip, smart, phone, improve>
28 Augustbacktotop

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Walk for Life
Tags: stretch, practice, technique, basic, brisk>
28 Augustbacktotop

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WhatsApp & More
Tags: explore, feature, communicate, create>
4 Septemberbacktotop

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Basic Choral Singing Techniques
Tags: diaphragm, voice, warmup, practice, resonance>
4 Septemberbacktotop

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Learn to Design in 3D!
Tags: project, showcase, plant, virtual, design>
12 Septemberbacktotop

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Contacts

For course enquiry and registration, please contact:
Family Central - ILP
Tel: 6593 6474
Mobile: 9296 3500
Email: [email protected]

For ILP collaboration (schools and organisations), please contact:
Ms Debbie Chong
Mobile: 8876 1301
Email: [email protected]