Helpful small communities: Integrate disadvantaged women by applicable adult education
Operative adult education in context with social inclusion of disadvantaged women needs new input. It is important to find pathways for those persons and to help them to find a way back into the social community and stabilize their life in familiy and work. The common work is be focussed on social adult education in smaller communities / municipalities, on therapy inclusion programmes like joint household groups / social farming / gardening and strenght key competences like communication/languages. Adult education providers exchange and test good practice, how to devolop a good education and assistance system for vulnerable women.
Main subjects are: Operational task for pedagogic teams, requirements of the attendend group of women, establishing a "secured" frame where the therapy methods can take place and to win the local social-economic community as a helpful partner.
In meetings and study groups, attended by pedagogical staff and attendend women, innovative ideas will become more and more practically and be tested in the different locations. E.g. there will be lessons in soft skills and in foreign languages for the women, to support their active participaton in society and labour market and in using and exchange Europen wide knowledge. The experience in these topics can be used (from institutions and learnes) in a European wide knowledge transfer and supports special kind of (therapy) learner mobility.
The project partners are from Poland, Portugal, Latvia, Italy and Germany. Project duration: 01.08.2010 - 31.07.2012.
First project meeting in Germany - process and networking
In the middle of october 2010 the five partners met in Bad Zwischenahn for (1) teambuilding measures and (2) to have personal consultation about the pathways for a successfully project. All partners agree, that an operational work with disadvantaged people / women is a current point on European agenda. It will be a topic for project work, to organize secured frame areas for adult education in small communities and to support (re-) integration into society.
A visit in a - by women managed - company was included into the meeting. It was a good example, how often women have to manage difficult situations in the circle of life and how they solve problems.
All organisational questions of the project were be discussed succesfully in this start-meeting. The partners agree, that there is the chance, to do a real necessary work for the attendent group and to win those people for participating in adult education.
Second project meeting in Poland: Topic “Helpful Prevention”
2 persons from coned eG staff and 3 learners visited from 19.- 22. June 2011 our polish partner association Fundcja Zdrowie in Piotrkow/Belchatow in the centre of Poland. On the first day the half time review and the reports from all partner associations are in the middle of work. During the next days the host association gives a lot of information about the structure of assistance and guidance for families, especially women in the region. We are invited to visit interesting partners In the network of Fundacja:
Cultural Centre in Piotrkow. The OEA carries out the project of Human Capital Programme. The project is addressed to two age groups: the seniors (55+) and the children. This is the first project in Piotrków Trybunalski whose aim is to integrate two generations. People from the two age groups can take part in many activities. They have a choice between painting, theatre, photography and dance workshops. All classes for the adults are before noon, and for the children - after noon.
In the seniors’ group more women than men took part in the project probably because they live longer and are more interested in arts. The participation in the project was very important to them. They finished their careers, their children and grandchildren are grown up adults and they don't need their help any more. The involvement in this project gave those women the opportunity to feel appreciated and attractive again. It helped them to gain new energy and build new relationships. We are hoping that the new edition of the project will bring as many benefits to the local people as the first has.
The Polish Education and Working Agency APNET is currently working on the Human Capital Project for polish schools and foreign partners, which is found by European Union.
Many participants of the two last projects were women. Women situation on labor market in our region is more difficlut than situation of men. In the project "More skills more chances for job" the participants learned foreign languages and using computer in the work. In the project "Your skills- your future" the participants learn how to open own firm, they have knowledge about law for small firms and rules of accounting.
FERSO- the foundation in Łódź: The first meeting of the group of people interested in setting up the Foundation was held in early 2003. A dozen of people took part in the initiative group. Practically all those people came from NGOs. The signatories of the Foundation took the first steps of their social activity by working in Intercollegiate Ecological Lobby, then by creating the Center for Environmental Education "Milky Way", which has been transformed into a self-sufficient association Center of Ecological Action "Sources".
Starting the applied phase
On the 3rd project meeting in the end of October 2011 in Rome it was decided, to start now with the important “applied phase” in the project. In this phase - in each country - the national participants (local work group) will work on a special topic. This phase runs from Oct.2011 to March 2012.
The main topics in the partner countries:
DE = Rural adult education and possibilities to include/support disadvantaged learners
LV = Test assistance courses (languages, IT, psychological) for disadvantaged women and check position in a helpful rural (education) community
PL = Publish experiences about prevention ( in context with ongoing project) in therapy magazine. Inform specialists about activities and strength European dialogue and exchange
IT = Check social inclusion methods in the frame of training for disadvantaged people, e.g. personal cross competences, more self awareness PT = Open school to region and disadvantaged women: Therapy workshop, theatre project, seminar, disadvantaged women met specialists, networking with regional social institutions