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Building Key Competences and Folkhighschool Pedagogy in XXI Europe
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main objective of the project "Building Key Competences and Folkhighschool Pedagogy in XXI Europe"is to explore the methodology of folkhighschools in adult education in modern Europe in order to respond to new challenges, particularly of high unemployment. Innovative is linking the "old" European tradition in adult education from marginalised areas with the "new" idea of key competences developed by EU, in other words: to creatively use Grundtvig's philosophy and methodology of education to improve effectiveness of adult education in our countries and thus foster entrepreneurship and employability of young adults. The partnership consists of various adult education providers, from 2 Universities through the Association of biodynamic farmers and ngo active in rural area, to folkhighschools. Polish regional authority joined the partnership to promote gained experience and the project results in vocational schools in the area. The geographical, economic and historical range of partnership is very wide: Poland, Bulgaria, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, which provides a good sharing of diverse experience in the field in a multicultural context. The concrete topic for exploring and adapting folkhighschool methodology will be organic production course for 20 young adults which will be realised in Poland with a grant from Danish Foundation. The Erasmus + partnership will work together to develop curriculum and handbook for this folkhighschool course, which later will be implemented and evaluated. Two other outputs developed during the project will be: Guidelines on building key competences through Grundtvigian pedagogy: tools, examples, good practices and publication which will summarise the project: Folkhighschools in XXI Europe: past, present time and future of folkhighschools in modern Europe – articles, reflections, recommendations, conclusions. These two outputs will gather the most important experience, good practical examples, conclusions and recommendations for future. All outputs will be distributed free and disseminated on e-platform of the project. Main activities of the project will be 4 short-term joint staff training events in all participating EU countries and one intensive Study Programme for teaching staff to Switzerland in order to learn about a school initiated (30 years ago) and run by organic farmers, now officially validated and supported by the government. We decided to invite a partner from outside EU because of the unique know-how in creating and successfully running for many years a vocational school (with the approach similar to folkhighschool methodology) by association of employers (in this case biodynamic farmers). Expected impact would be recognition of the value of folkhigschool methodology in adult education particularly in countries like Poland and Bulgaria, linking key competences building with this methodology, introduction more dual system in vocational training, more links between education with employment, development of sustainable, organic enterprises in rural areas of Europe.
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