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O projekte

About the project

This Learning partnership via the Project named: „ Capacities over 50 as rural development tool“  is going to address the aging of rural population and low level of  utilizing left capacities of experienced people over 50 aiming “Activating the social capital of  rural communities  by learning partnerships” .The common objective is  “To create the Learning partnership for exchange of rural community based training and learning techniques and experiences,  by utilizing capacity of experienced elder people.”  Project partners are coming from – Croatia , Czech Republic, Finland (2x), Germany, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, which are the same time members of the European Union Except of Croatia - pre-accession country). Latvia has stepped out of the project since the Grundtvig national agency, which has not approved her project proposal. The role of the coordinator will be taken over by Slovak partner – Vidiecka organizácia pre komunitné activity.The common Project activities  are: the kick off meeting,  seminars  focused on methods, tools and curricula in the area of mobilization of rural communities  involving people older than 50 in this process and in the related adult training and education three study tours,  providing learning opportunity to study these methods, tools and curricula in the different countries. Every common Project activity will be organized in different country and by different partner. In addition, the partner from Italy will secure the Project results dissemination using its existing communication paths – centres. Among common activities belong also other dissemination tool – Electronic Tool Library,  which will collect tools, methods and curricula and make it available for all project partners, and their members, learners in respective partner´s countries.

Result 1 – kick of meeting in Ireland, Moate, 19-20.11.2010The meeting was dedicated to the presentation of partner organisations, their  methods tools and curricula examples used in training activities (currently inserted in the Electronic tool Library at Further the following was discussed: action plan, the time schedule, the call for proposals for Projects seminars,  the e- conference as the common communication tool, Project logo, promotion and dissemination of Project results via channels of the EUROPE DIRERECT EU including press relies and information flow.

Result 2 – seminar in Finland, 1-3 March, 2011: Tools, methods and curricula in the area of mobilization of rural populationDuring the seminar the following methods and tools have been presented:  Teaching paths(IT), Problem solving method (FI), Stakeholder analysis (SK), Economic analysis of rural regions(SE), Community schools (CZ), Use of modern IT in rural areas and in cooperation between young and old (FI). Further on several presentations were given on cultural approach on participative teaching methods in rural areas (IR, CR, FI).

Result 3 – seminar in Sweden, Sätra Brunn, 14-16 June 2011,  Local Economy Days: “Capital to Local and Sustainable Development”The seminar enabled the exchange  of methods and tools in capacity building for local economy development. Several PPTs were given: Social capital – the theory and practice, Local sustainable development of rural areas by volunteers. Partial seminars accompanying the event were focused on  good practice exchange. The OPERA method was presented and proposed as the good tool in participatory training and capacity building in rural areas. This was illustrated by the visit in village Svartadelen, with local economy examples.

 Result 4 – seminar in Germany In the study trip the DE partners presented: curric. for Trainers as  promoters for voluntary engagement, PPT on „The effect of the demographic change on generation 50plus“ and examples of involvement of 50+ in the RA: „I wanna grow old HERE“, Sports- und culture-barn Raddusch, Participation in jour fixe of villagers and entrepreneurs in Pretschen, Eco-village Wulkow etc. This was followed by the International Village Conference Berlin, where involvement of 50+ in workshop:„GENERATION 50PLUS IN A VILLAGE“, was discussed.

  Result 5 – Seminar and study trip, Czeck Republic, Bory, 6-8 October 2011:  „Rural community schools 2011 – an effective tool for rural development and lifelong learning“
The focus of the seminar was to disseminate experiences with the utilisation of community schools in rural communities for all population groups and in adult education in CZ. The case studies were also presented from two non – project countries- Latvia and Wales. Several workshops took place using OPERA method: Living and education in countryside facing global changes” , “Challenges and barriers for a rural community lifelong learning” , “RCS as a tool improving social economy in villages”


 Result 6 – study trip, Slovakia, Banka Bystrica, 11-14 April 2012 The purpose of the study trip was to offer experience in participatory learning, exchange in how rural people of all age categories are engaged in development of their communities in SK and show examples starting at the village level up to local action group and national levels: engagement of 50+ volunteers in LAG Radosinka (NR), VOKA micro-credit  programme, involvement of elderly generation in village tourism in Hrušov, community projects in village association in Hrachovo and forest railway partnership in Cierny Balog(BB).

Result 7 – seminar , Slovenia, Bioterme Mala Nedelja, 19-22 June 2012:Distance Learning The purpose of the seminar was to offer the exchange experiences in distance learning of adults (more specifically for the age 50+) in rural areas and show examples of various projects linked to this subject, e.g.: “The Importance of Being ... Elder Adult and Part of Rural Networking”(SI), “Elderly taking care for elderly”, (SI), E-competent citizen of Slovenia: E-knowledge and e-skills for elderly,(SI),  E-study Centre project (FI), Study Circle (SE)

New common result – Electronic library toolDuring the life of the project the common electronic library was built considering three types of inputs: 1)PPTs presented during project activities informing about methods, tools and curricula by project partners, 2) templates on methods, tools, curricula, in which project partners filled all important information about them, 3)various literature sources in pdf format available in English, which project partners were willing to share with others via the library.