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Generations Using Training for Social inclusion in 2020
Start date: Oct 1, 2014, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The GUTS project contributes to one of the most important goals of the Erasmus Plus program and the Europe2020 strategy: the decrease of poverty and social exclusion as well as increase of unemployment. As most of the countries didn’t succeed in this during the last years, the GUTS consortium is convinced that common European knowledge is necessary to fight this problem. Concretely GUTS will realise new knowledge and innovative pathways in education and training in order to create possibilities to invest in older people and youngsters in order to improve their social inclusion and the youth employment. First of all 20% of the European elderly population are considered at-risk-of-poverty or social exclusion. Specific population subgroups are particularly vulnerable: oldest old, older women and older migrants. Although, the participation of older adults in educational activities has been related with positive outcomes such as better social inclusion it has been found that older learners are underrepresented. Educational providers often find it difficult to adjust their courses or develop specific learning areas for them. According to the results of the Grundtvig projects EASY and IGLOO especially intergenerational learning and cultural settings can optimise the learning process for older people. Therefore new innovative pathways in learning in cooperation with youngsters seems to be a solution. On the other hand chances on the labour market for youngsters seems to be decreasing over the last years. Therefore new possibilities concerning orientation and connection with the labour market seems to be necessary. Older people are mostly experienced in being active on the labour market and based on their knowledge and huamn capital they can motivate youngsters for new experiences in life and on the labour market. Therefore the present GUTS project will focus on developing, testing and implementing 10 innovative, intergenerational and cultural, learning areas based on a constructive and valid desk research. These learning areas will be developed by the innovative methodology of co-creation between older people and youngsters. Using process and product evaluations, these innovative learning areas will be scientifically investigated in order to develop an action manual for professionals and policy makers to develop new European learning areas. The consortium of GUTS will develop intergenerational and cultural learning areas, in which older people will learn from youngsters in order to overcome barriers in daily life (for example in using new technologies in their own environment). Youngsters will provide them with nowadays knowledge and will try to upgrade their skills in order to increase the social inclusion of these older people. On the other hand the older people will stimulate the youngsters to develop their key competences in order to find a proper job on the labour market. More concrete this e learning process will attract more youngsters in joining education and training in order to acquire better key competences fitting the goals of ET2020. According to the contents of these learning areas it should be flexible and fitting into the local context of the learners (serving the goals of the Renewed Agenda for Adult Learning). Based on the developed learning areas a toolbox for professionals will be developed in order to organise comparable learning areas. Most important is a practical tool box offering tips and tricks for local and regional institutions advicing them in realising learning areas fitting policy and the organisational framework of the institution itself. Finally one of the most important parts of the GUTS project is the strategic influence on local, regional, national and European policy makers in order to facilitate future cultural and intergenerational learning areas in order to increase chances of older people and youngsters in society and labour market. This will be done by realisation of an action manual including recommendations for stakeholders and policy makers. Each country will organise mulitplier events in order to ensure sustainable use of this action manual and future innovative intergenerational learning areas for older people and youngsters. The results of the project will be delivered in all EU Member States in order to professionalise trainers and policy makers in developing and facilitating own sustainable learning areas in co-creation with disadvantaged older people (oldest old, migrants, women) and youngsters. The co-operation of different generations and cultures will be practised by using learning spaces in order to improve their daily life situation and social inclusion (next to their position on the labour market).

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