European societies are currently facing a common phenomenon: the challenges posed by an aging population and the impact it may have on the welfare system. In this context, in which the percentage of people over 65 years old keeps on growing, it is important to acknowledge that this age group represents a significant part of the population and, hence, it is a key group from a political and social point of view.
The last stage of a person’s life should not be a waiting room for them to sit and watch the years go by. Those years can be active, enriching and lived to the fullest.
Adult education associations and institutions have a fantastic opportunity to play a crucial role in that process. A significant number of people pursuing non-formal education are over the age of 60 and, therefore, non-formal education centers hold a unique position to raise awareness regarding health issues among this age group through courses and activities.
Since this situation is a problem that concerns Europe as a whole, a strategic association for the exchange of good practices could be a very useful tool to use in order to contribute to a better future for European societies.
The main objective of this project is:
The development of a guide focused on the exchange of good practices in the promotion of physical, emotional and social health management and awareness among people over the age of 60 from an adult education perspective. This goal is in line with the sustainable development goal 3: ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages.
- Knowledge on good practices that promote physical, emotional and social health education.
- Prevention of health conditions and early dependence among the elderly as a recognition of the universal value of health.
- The improvement of the quality of life of the population over the age of 60.
This project is targeted at trainers and educators in the field of adult education, but the outcome of this project would also benefit people over the age of 60 receiving training based on the methodologies resulting from this project and it would also benefit society as a whole by contributing to the improvement of the quality of life of the population.
The partners of this project are:
- FEUP (Spain) represents the Popular Universities (located in 203 municipalities and 12 autonomous communities in Spain) at a national and international level. The Popular Universities are a project cemented on the promotion of cultural development of society, which seeks to achieve social engagement and enhance lifelong learning as means to improve the quality of life of the population.
- KERIGMA (Portugal) is a non-profit organization and its aim is to promote the integrated development of people, of organizations and the community, creating services, solutions and products of excellence that contribute to an active citizenship, solidarity and social cohesion. Oriented by the values of equality and social responsibility, innovation and empowerment of people.
- DAFNI KEK (Greece) is a non-profit independent research center for innovation in adult education, while also being a LifeLong Learning Center, certified by EOPPEP (The National Organisation for the Certification of Qualification and Vocational Guidance).
- EUROCULTURE (Cyprus) is a non-profit cultural and educational association with a long line of experience in the field of adult education and the promotion of the idea of lifelong learning.
Within the project, there will be two transnational meetings to handle all issues regarding project management. The project will also rely on the organisation of three learning, teaching, training activities that will focus on:
- Identifying the specific barriers we are facing and combining scientific health-related knowledge with pedagogical strategies, which is a key element for the development of the guide focused of the exchange of good practices.
- Identifying good practices aimed to the promotion of health awareness and self-mangement at a physical, emotional and social level, and the prevention of health conditions and early dependence within population over 60 years old. These practices will be included in the guide, which is the main tangible result of the project.
- Presenting practical pedagogical experiences linked to the enhancement of physical, mental and social activity, and independence. Each partner will share different methodologies and results achieved by means of those experiences, which will also be included in the guide.
The impact we are aiming for is the improvement of the educational and health-care support network for those people that, due to their age, require a more sophisticated and specialised support to enhance their personal development.
Official details of the project
Reference number: 2020-1-ES01-KA204-082505
Implementation period: 01/10/2020 – 30/09/2022
Link to Erasmus+ Project results platform: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details/#project/2020-1-ES01-KA204-082505