In the indigenous communities of Colombia, many young people find themselves in a situation of academic failure, disconnected from the ancestral knowledge that makes the identity of their people. Linguist and Social Entrepreneur Abadio Green Stocel has invented an educational program where elders intervene in communities and schools to help younger generations understand where they come from and who they are.
Like her mother and grandmother before her, Margarita became "Otsü", the title given to elders who interpret dreams and communicate with spirits. In the Guarija desert in northeastern Colombia, the indigenous Wayuus people have an idyllic image of the elderly. They represent the memory of the group, in a community where oral culture is still very important.
When he was 6 years old, the "little" Albeiro Vargas began helping elderly people of his neighborhood, in Bucaramanga, Colombia. Thirty-three years later, Albeiro created a foundation that gathers everyday 260 abandoned elderly and children from the area, their "guardian angels". A way for young and old people to escape the streets.
On the one hand, young Brazilians who want to learn English; on the other hand, old Americans, English or Canadians, who live in retirement homes and have time to offer. In São Paulo, a language school has included Skype sessions in its program where students speak English with older people living on the other side of the world. The idea is simple, but one had to think about it.
Portraits of elderly around the world
Those who act
Those who act to strenghten the link between generations
Questions of generation
Crossing the views of youngsters and elderly on universal themes
Meeting the elderly all over the world
1 month, 1 country. In each country, a series of episodes to talk about aging in more positive way.