On Sekken, we value the older folks and the young ones are encouraged to spend time with them.
Depopulation and ageing are key challenges that many rural areas have been struggling with. As a consequence, an increasing number of rural schools have been closed down. Securing local education has been a concern of rural communities for many years, On Sekken, we are accumulating valuable experience that many other schools and local communities - be it urban or rural – can learn from.
We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact. If we just thought a little more socially, however, these generations could become great resources for each other – all we need to do is put them in the same place. Children who regularly mix with older people see improvements to their language development, reading and social skills. When elderly people interact with young people regularly, they live longer and are healthier.
Building a community requires effort and persistence. It takes reaching out, showing up frequently, extending invitations repeatedly, and having patience. It also requires vulnerability - extending ourselves. Opening our homes and our lives to other people also opens our heart.
Here on Sekken, we believe in the value of community. We care for each other.