EU - BROADENING PEOPLE`S MINDS IN AGEING

LLP/AT-430/74/08

1.8.2008 - 31.7.2010

The project EuBiA is a Grundtvig Learning Partnership, Ref Nr. LLP/AT-430/74/08, and has been funded with support from the European Commission. This webpage reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

EuBiA project partners:

Austria: bia-net

Czech Republic: METER SILESIA

Germany: VHS Hamburg

Italy: Giustino Fortunato

Italy: Cooperativa Tulipano

Northern Ireland: Workers Education Association

Poland: PRO MED

Slovakia: Forum pre-pomoc starsim

United Kingdom: University of Leicester, Institut of Lifelong Learning

 

Download the EuBiA Guide:

EN: Getting Older People Involved in Learning, english

DE: Ältere Menschen und Lernen, deutsch

 

NEWS

A follow-up project for EuBiA startet in October 2012: MATURE - Making Adult Teaching Useful, Relevant and Engaging


EuBia was selected as a good practice project concerning Active Ageing and Learning in Later Life at the StAge Conference in Graz, 21-22 June 2012.

Article in "focus europe", Spotlighting European developments and projects, page 27

 

EuBiA was selected as a good practice project from the National Agency ( Nationalen Agentur beim Bundesinstitut für Berufsbildung) in Germany, out of 113 funded projects in 2008!

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EuBiA was awarded another price. Our project won the 1st place of the "Quality Sreal Price for European Projects" from the Czech National Agency.

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What is the project about?


The specific objectives of EuBiA respond to the educational challenge of an ageing population in Europe and will help to provide older adults with pathways to improving their knowledge and competences in the light of the fact that at least three age cohorts of older people can be identified.

The trans-national partnership of organisations and older people will cooperate to establishing a consortium for life long learning in senior age the aims of which are:

  • to exchange know-how
  • strengthen existing skills and strategies
  • adopting and adapting best practice


Finding solutions to the problem of organisational and partnership sustainability will help to improve the quality of learning programs for the older people. Exchanging experiences of the various learning regions involved will make advantages and disadvantages of cooperation between organisations of adult organisations visible. By the same time EuBiA will focus on the empowerment and participation of older learners. The project will also assist the development of innovative practices in adult education and their transfer to agencies, regions and countries not included in the original partnership. The partnership will develop a common professional terminology related to the education of older adults and support its work through using an internet platform. A sign-post will give directions for a successful coping with older learners.

 

 

 

Objectives:

The project EuBiA aims to strenghten and widen regional and European contacts and partnerships in the field of "Learning in Senior Age", to exchange know how, experience and best practice and to develop a sign posting guide which will give direction for a successful coping with older learners.

 

  • Supporting “lifelong learning in senior age” in all partner regions

  • Promoting the European dimension of learning regions for the target group of older people

  • Exchange of know how and experience

  • Improved practice in senior education among the partners and wider through the transfer of knowledge and ideas and critical reflection on current practice

  • An enduring network stretching across the partnership and including older people and proposals as to how such partnerships and networks can be sustained

  • An internet platform (www.bia-net.org) open for dissemination of all relevant matters and to encourage discussion of them

  • Developing a sign posting guide to give answers to questions, like: what is the good of networking,how to reach older people even those who don’t think highly of learning in getting older,is there anything like inter generative learning and what has to be done to make an inter generative exchange happen,do older people feel that they have to be empowered, what could be done to make empowerment a point for older people,where and how do program providers and trainer find good practice

 

Subjects to be adressed

 

NETWORKING

  • The problems of establishing and sustaining effective partnerships and networks 
    • What is the good of networking?
    • Exchange experiences will make advantages and disadvantages of cooperation between organisations of adult organisations visibel
    • Partnership sustainability
    • Strenghen and widen regional and European contacts and partnerships in the field of “Learning in Senior Age”
  • Establishing a common understanding of issues and concepts related to senior education across national and linguistic border
    • Developing a common professional terminology


BEST PRACTICE END EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES

  • How best practice is to be identified, disseminated and embedded
    • How to exchange know-how and experiences
    • How to strengthen existing skills and strategies
    • How to adopt and adapt best-practice development
    • Discussion about where and how do program providers and trainer find good practice

 

EMPOWERMENT AND PARTICIPATION OF SENIOR LEARNERS

  • How the empowerment of seniors in developing their education can be further developed and supported
    • Do older people feel that they have to be empowered, what could be done to make empowerment a point for older people
    • How to reach older people even those who don’t think highly of learning in getting older
  • The challenges facing the development of senior learning arising from the heterogeneity of the generations of older people, including issues arising from gender, dissability and ethnicity
    • Is there anything like inter generative learning and what has to be done to make an inter generative exchange happen how to cope with the fact that there are at
      least three age cohorts of older people
    • How to cope with issues arising from gender
    • How to cope with issues arising from dissability
    • How to cope with issues arising from different ethnicity

 

Outcomes

  • A “Network for learning in senior age on European level”
  • An Internet platform, open for dissemination of all relevant matters and to encourage discussion of them
  • “Getting older people involved in learning – the EuBiA guide”

During the project many networking activites were realised in all partner countries. One of the results of these work are several network partners, which can be found here.

The project team developed "The EuBiA Criterias for a good project: What makes a good project focused on senior education".

By using these criterias we found several exemples for projects and practice that worked:

EuBiA leaflets

download leaflet in Austria

download leaflet in Germany

download leaflet in Italy

download leaflet in the UK

download leaflet in Czech Republic

download leaflet in Poland

 

EuBiA dissemination

Article in magazine factory, 8.11.2008

Article in Forum Seniorov, October 2009, Slowakian language

Arcticle in tasr, Slowakian language

Arcticle in tasr, English language

Article in magazine factory, 12.3.2010

Article on the webpage of Impegno Civile, March 2010, Italian language