The main result of the Walk’n’Talk project will be a new course and training materials, a non-formal learning activity which will enhance life quality of people at the age of 65 and above. With this course for senior people, the partners intend to reduce social barriers and foster social inclusion and participation. The seniors do not meet within but outside the classroom. This can be within their own surrounding or neighbourhood, which will be easier for the seniors living in big cities. But they can also meet outside the centre of their home towns, in nature. And while they are walking, they will learn about the interrelation between physical activity and active and healthy aging. Depending on the results of preceding surveys, the seniors might learn a new language, discuss local culture and history, traditions, use Apps, etc. They will do this in small groups.
The increased competence of staff/adult educators in implementing activities in the field of adult education and thus activate local communities will be another important result.
Participation of trainers/instructors will result in adult educators’ enhanced knowledge, skills and competences in training seniors; they will gain increased awareness of age-related differences in dual task situations; they will increase their intercultural communication and understanding by contributing to the development of a European project, esp. those who attend the LTT Activity in Finland.
Each of the project partners is going to recruit a group of trainers/instructors (for the testing phase mostly those who are already used to teach seniors) in order to actively involve them into the testing and piloting phase. The trainers/instructors will have the chance to exchange their knowledge and experience both among each other in the national team but also with trainers/instructors in the European partner organisations in the field of teaching the elderly; they will be actively involved in translating research into practice, support the core project team in developing training material, they will learn about the situation of elderlies in the various European countries, they will learn about the various methods in teaching the elderly in the European partner institutions which will give them some new impulses and ideas, they will test and evaluate the Walk’n’Talk course and improve the quality of teaching the elderly.
At the end of the piloting phase the partners will organize a multiplier event where all the trainers/instructors that have taken part in developing and conducting the Walk’n’Talk course will receive a confirmation of participation in form of a common certificate of a “European Walk’n’Talk Instructor”. These certificates will show the skills and competences the trainers/instructors acquired during the project although they are not officially recognised, but they could be the start of a new model /qualification in adult education, the European Walk’n’Talk Instructor.
We are sure that the certification of the Walk’n’Talk Instructors will further foster a European commitment, inspire the close collaboration of a European network and ensure further dissemination of the Walk’n’Talk course, within the partner organisations and partner countries and beyond.