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The National Council on Ageing and Older People produced three publications for schools to help foster a positive attitude to ageing and older people:

  • Young and Old / Óg agus Aosta (2000);
  • Bearing Fruit: A Manual for Primary Schools (1993);
  • In Due Season: A Manual for Secondary Schools (1993).

Young and Old was an interactive learning programme designed to promote a more positive image of ageing and older people among primary school children. Designed specifically for use in Irish primary schools and linking directly to the current curriculum, a copy of the learning programme was distributed to every school in Ireland in 2000. Óg agus Aosta was the Irish-language version.

Bearing Fruit (PDF | 7.8 MB) was one of two colourful and thought-provoking teachers' manuals produced by the Council as part of its contribution to the European Year of Older People and Solidarity between Generations. Bearing Fruit is aimed at promoting positive attitudes to ageing and older people among primary school children. It has been designed for use by teachers of 9-12 year olds and consists of 10 modular units together with ideas for discussion and class exercises.

In Due Season (PDF | 7.2 MB), like Bearing Fruit, was a programme of experiential learning. It aimed to promote positive attitudes to ageing and older people by facilitating an exploration of how young people feel about their own ageing and about older people.


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