I. We. Society.

EC Project Number 2020-1-LV01-KA227-ADU-094488

 

Coordinator: GROBINAS PIEAGUSO IZGLITIBAS CENTRS Latvia

Partners: ECOCENTER ALAPÍTVÁNY Hungary

ASOCIACION DE INNOVACION FORMACIONY EMPLEO PARA EL DESARROLLO SOSTENIBLE Spain
LJUDSKA UNIVERZA, ZAVOD ZA IZOBRAZEVANJE IN KULTURO, ROGASKA SLATINA Slovenia

G.G. EUROSUCCESS CONSULTING LIMITED Cyprus

IGOR Croatia

Duration: 24 months

The COVID-19 pandemic is shaking the society. Each major sector of society must contribute, whether through caring for and supporting those infected, stopping the spread of the virus or ensuring the supply of essential goods and services to cloistered families.

Much is demanded also of the education sector. Adult learning and education is needed in preparation and as a response to any crisis. COVID-19 is just another point in history that stresses the importance of non-formal adult learning and education (ALE) to equip people with the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to cope with crisis as responsible citizens.

The future of ALE is digitalisation, its support to older learners, but also fostering all the community learning. Today, non-formal ALE is more needed than ever because it serves the people whose barriers to learning were exacerbated by the crisis.

 

The objectives of the project are:

  1. Research the methods of promoting adult education after Covid-19 in the project partner countries
  2. Provide help to different groups of society, including the so called vulnerable groups
  3. Create 6 digital on-line training courses. The program titles can be changed or edited following the analysis of the training needs and interests during the implementation period.

 

The adult education sectors chosen are:

  • Young parents
  • Re-immigrating people
  • Recently retired people
  • People with different disabilities
  • Temporary unemployed people affected by Covid-19 pandemics
  • Small business owners suffering from different problems, including Covid-19 consequences.

THE POWER OF STORIES

The power of Storytelling

The project « The power of stories » (2020-1-ES01-KA227-ADU-095529) coordinated by AIFED (Spain) and implemented with the following partners AUGUST VERMEYLEFONDS (Belgium), CONTEMPORARY PLEVEN MEDIA FOUNDATION (Bulgaria) and EYROPAIKO INSTITOYTO TOPIKHS ANAPTYKSHS (Greece) aims to use the power of stories to ignite creativity and develop resilience skills and capacity to come up with innovative solutions for different challenges with adults.

Storytelling is an ancient art form and a valuable form of human expression. It uses words, gestures and physical movement, is an interactive way of communication, presents a story and encourages the active imagination of the listeners.

Telling stories never gets old, our minds need narration and stories nurture our brains with ideas, values and beliefs. It can largely influence how we think, how we make decisions and how we can persuade others with our ideas.

Actually, stories are the most effective way of organizing information and spreading ideas, it's a powerful way of communication and is a methodology that needs to be taught to the youth since it can really impact people and allow them to develop new communication and persuasion skills.

Stories have purposes, they need to be relevant to the experiences, values and interests of the targeted audience. They have to be clear and interesting to catch the listener's ears.

When you tell a story to your audience, the whole brain is mobilized. Not only the language or mathematical areas, but also the emotional and memory centres (limbic system); but also, the areas associated with sensory and motor perceptions, therefore your audience's brain activates the same areas as if they were experiencing the events narrated! The use of storytelling is the best way to make people have in mind what you mean and want to talk about and as a consequence convince your audience and make them relate to you.

AIFED truly supports this communication tool and believes in the power of stories and storytelling that is why the team is always working on innovative methodologies and aims at promoting the use of storytelling in the education field. This project promotes storytelling and the importance of stories.

Stories matter since they are universal, that is why AIFED aims at promoting storytelling practices, they help us to understand our place in the world, to comprehend other people's perspectives, they tell us how to act wisely and shape our perspective of the world. Listening to each other also builds empathy, forges trust, and creates deeper connections. It is also a highly effective way to unite emotions with meaning and intention.

Emma Revillet

“Talking about SDGs from ReFal Andalucía” crossing seas #refalinterculturalidad

The AIFED team has participated this July 2 in a meeting in Morocco, with different associations of the Euro-Mediterranean region, publicizing different projects carried out within the framework of the Anna Lindh foundation. Among the initiatives that we have presented, we talk about our SDG project, helping to make visible the work that all the organizations have carried out and the objectives that have been achieved during the process.

This project has been especially cared for and enjoyed by the participating organizations, because not only have we learned by seeking more information about what is being done to fulfill the 2030 Agenda, but we have also been able to be more aware of the inequalities that still exist and Above all, we have collaborated in the dissemination and training of all young people who use social networks and have been bombarded by these publications.

Final meeting of the project “Talking about SDGs from ReFal Andalucía” #refalinterculturalidad

The project has come to an end, and on June 30 the last meeting was held with all the participating associations, in which the results obtained at a general and individual level were shared. A new alliance was proposed for the realization of future collaborative projects and the e-book and video of the project was also officially presented.

The Agenda for the fulfillment of the SDGs reaches the year 2030, which is why it was established as a priority that organizations continue working on the creation of projects that will lead to the visibility of the SDGs, and above all, that encourage the population to its fulfillment, at the end of the day, the responsibility to end inequalities, belongs to everyone.

Stay tuned to the AIFED social networks, and to our website, here you can find all the information that has been published about the SDGs, as well as the video and the e-book, and much more.

AIFED has completed the Frem’trepreneur project within the framework of the “Virtual Marathon for dialogue in Euromed” project organised by the Anna Lindh Foundation.

AIFED has coordinated the project "Fem'trepreneur" in collaboration with System and Generation (Turkey) and Center of Capacity Building and Empowerment (Sweden). It is within the framework of the Anna Lindh Foundation's Virtual Marathon.

The project, now completed, was presented under the proposal of contributing to the empowerment of women to become agents of change through social entrepreneurship and innovation. How can the role of women as leaders be supported and what direction can be taken? The project has followed this line of work.

During the four weeks of the project, four online sessions have taken place. There was an information workshop, a couple of debates and a round table discussion, and we had the opportunity to have the participation of the following countries: Italy, Portugal, Romania, Albania, Turkey, Morocco, Sweden, India and Macedonia. The topics discussed in the debates (gender stereotypes and programmes for young women entrepreneurs) have been approached from a perspective of intercultural dialogue and hope, and at the same time solutions and proposals have been given. The round table was a tribute to all these enterprising women. People who were invited were founders of companies, presidents of social enterprises and coordinators of educational projects that aim to train men and women equally in the field of entrepreneurship.

Thanks to the collaboration of all, we have been able to create a common space for dialogue, as well as to share the good practices that are being implemented in the countries that make up this consortium and to promote the participation and empowerment of women in society.

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