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Partnership Opportunity for Learning - Astronomy Resources for Inspiring Seniors

AURORA POLARISPartnership Opportunity for Learning: Astronomy Resources for Inspiring SeniorsOn 20th December 2007 the United Nations 62nd General Assembly declared 2009 the International Year of Astronomy (IYA2009). Engaging older learners in non-formal opportunities linked to IYA2009 is the aim of this Grundtvig Learning Partnership. Slovakia, Poland, Greece and the UK will work together to further develop their astronomy outreach provision to enable senior citizens to access astronomical educational resources relevant to their needs.The Partnership will share expertise and information during four transnational workshops. Educational resources will be developed by each country with the active participation of older learners. Resources to meet a range of special needs - including visual impairment - will be piloted. The SHARE Initiative (UK) will coordinate the project. Partners include the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (Slovakia), Olsztyn Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory (Poland) and the University of Athens (Greece). Associate partners include astronomical societies, University of the 3rd Age groups, Universities, a research group and a website portal. The project will run from August 2008 to July 2010. Adult educators and older learners from each country will be involved in the planning, implementation, evaluation and dissemination of outcomes.
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