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THE WALK AND TALK PROJECT

In this project the consortium wishes to address people 65+ in order to enhance their participation in lifelong learning, improve their life quality and social participation and inclusion.

In order to reach these objectives, the partners will develop a new course offer for this target group, a Walk’n’Talk course. As the name implies, this course offer will not take place within the limited space situation of normal classes, but outside in nature.

Meeting, Conferences and Activities

The seniors will walk in small groups and talk – and learn. Depending on the results of the Research Toolkit (IO1), the partners will start developing a new course curriculum and training material.

The training material will/can vary from country to country making the outcome even richer. It might be that on organisation starts developing training material to teach a foreign language, or to discuss active and healthy aging topics, to talk about traditions, includes storytelling, etc.

Hence the project might tackle any of the key competences for lifelong learning. This flexible and non-formal approach can easily be transferred to any other field of education, e.g. second chance education, teaching migrants, etc. and thus can build the bridge to formal education.

In addition, they will have the chance to capture their experience and impart their knowledge to others by means of videos, audios and/or written reports which will be uploaded to a special space, a web portal, on the project website.

THE PARTNERSHIP

This project has gathered a complementary team of partners that will be able to address all the planned stages due to their experience and skills in the areas related to analysis, development, exploitation and quality assurance. They have a vast experience in project work on adult education, both national and international. All partners are strongly dedicated to educational organisations at local, regional and national level focussing on senior learning in formal and non-formal learning networks, academic studies and research. All partners have a specific expertise in working with the elderly and provide health-related courses and physical activities to senior learners. The consortium consists of large and small educational institutions from Central-, North-, South- and East-Europe, which are located in big and small cities as well as in rural areas. All these facts make the partnership an ideal group to develop the project in the most optimal way to reach an efficient result.

OPEN SOURCE

The course will be “free and open source”,  in order to assure a wide spread of the project results to all kind of structures and organizations, such as schools, associations, municipalities, governmental institutions and EU citizens.

The “best practice course contents” will be integrated into our public website which will, in the next months, also host a video biographies’ section.

EUROPEAN COMMISSION

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This page 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.