European Projects

Àgora has been present in Europe for some time now, through its participation as a coordinating or partner entity in various European projects in the field of education.

This allows us to exchange experiences, spread our model of education and democratic participation everywhere, create an associative network and carry out shared actions with other countries.

To carry out all these projects, Àgora has been working with many organizations related to the field of education from all over Europe.

Some of them are: Centro Studi e Formazione Villa Montesca (Italy), Center for TeleInFrastruktur (CTiF) • Aalborg University (Denmark), Save the Children Romania (Romania), Bolton University (United Kingdom), AFEC (France), Karelia University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Navreme Boheme, s.r.o. (Czech Republic), Centre for e-Learning Technologies Kaunas University of Technology (Lituania), Labour Centre of Békés Conty (Hungary), Associazione Genitori Scuola Di Donato (Italy), Universidad de Valladolid (Spain), Universitat Pompeu Fabra-GTI (Spain), etc.

 

AT THE MOMENT WE ARE IMPLEMENTING THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS:

 

desinfoEND

 Developing critical thinking to counteract disinformation across Europe

WHY?

The 2021-2027 EU Digital Education Action plan stresses the need for a quality, inclusive and accessible digital education. The group of Europeans with no information skills is made up mostly of people aged 55-74 years old, people on low incomes, the unemployed and the less educated. This is an important need to be addressed at a European level, given that digital competence and media literacy have never been as important as nowadays and its lack contributes to the exclusion or partial exclusion of these people from society. These groups are also the most vulnerable in front of disinformation and, therefore, they will be the target group of our project. Since digitization is on the rise in the labor market and there is a need to tackle disinformation across Europe, this inequality is a
challenge that needs to be addressed and adult education has an important role to play. In order to give a practical answer to this problem, disinfoEND aims to develop the digital and media capacities of vulnerable adults, with a special focus on adults aged +55, unemployed and low-educated.

HOW?

the desinfoEND project will:

  • Strengthen social inclusion and active digital participation in society of vulnerable groups, especially adults with low levels of education, unemployed and aged +55, with the implementation of the Dilalogic Media and Digital Literacy Gatherings in different contexts: 3 different countries (Spain, Italy and Romania).
  • Transfer the Dilalogic Media and Digital Literacy methodology to tackling disinformation in adult education with an intercultural and intergenerational approach, in diverse topics such as health, migration, ethnic minorities, gender violence, etc. (PR1)
  • Offer an innovative Toolkit (PR1) co-created with vulnerable adults that supports inclusive and participative ICT and Media Literacy training through the implementation of SEAs with a participatory, sustainable and dialogic approach.
  • Promotion of common EU values and critical civic engagement and participation, by developing social and intercultural competences, critical thinking and media literacy of vulnerable adults.
  • Training of adult education professionals and volunteers on how to combat disinformation in their ICT courses and/or courses in other  areas of knowledge, using the DMDL methodology. PR2 will develop staff competences that lead to overall improvements in provision, targeting and effectiveness of adult education in the field of media literacy, with an innovative and evidence based methodology.
  • Increase the quality educational offer in the digital field oriented to digitally excluded groups.

Coordinators

Associació de Persones Participants Àgora, Spain

 


 

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Dialogic Minds

Transfering Dialogic Literary Gatherings to mental health across Europe

The Dialogic Minds Project is an Erasmus+ project with the main priority to foster the social inclusion of adult mental health users with the implementation of a Successful Educational Action: Dialogic Literary Gatherings (DLG)

WHY?

The concept of mental health has progressed the last decades. Currently, according to the WHO, a good mental health is related to mental and psychological wellbeing. In the last years, diverse perspectives such as education have incorporated to this concept. In fact, the Mental Health Action Plan (MHAP) 2013 – 2020 mentions the importance of providing “a comprehensive, integrated and responsive mental health and social care services in community-based settings” and the need of basing the strategies and interventions on scientific evidence.

During the last four years, Agora has applied a Successful Educational Action (SEA), Dialogic Literary Gatherings, to a new context: mental health services users, with the aim of supporting the rehabilitation process as well as the social inclusion of all the participants. The great results among participants in Barcelona pointed out to an opportunity to transfer this activity and its benefits to other organisations in Europe.

HOW?

Organizations in Spain, Romania, the Netherlands and Greece will implement Dialogic Literary Gatherings in mental health, in order to evaluate the impact of DLGs on the participants, obtaining evidence that would encourage other centres to carry out the action. Also, professionals and volunteers will be trained to act as moderators of the DLGs with mental health users. 

This project will raise awareness between policy makers and stakeholders about the importance of including SEAs, like DLGs, to support the mental health process and to promote the social inclusion.

Coordinators

Associació de Persones Participants Àgora, Spain

https://www.dialogicminds.eu

 


 

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ALL IN

All Inclusive – Adult Education and Inclusion: new cooperative approaches

WHY?

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has clearly stated that inclusion should also apply in adult education: people with a disability should be able to participate in adult education in the same way as all other people.
 
This project attempts to implement the requirements of the UN Convention at five different adult education institutions in Europe. How can inclusion be achieved on the ground - even in places where it has not yet been implemented?

HOW?

Together with people with disabilities, offers and structures are to be implemented as models. This will result in learning tools so that the experiences can be implemented by other adult education institutions.

Coordinators

Akademie Klausenhof gGmbH, Germany

https://www.inclusion-adult-education.net

 


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INDUCATE

Integrated framework for adult education providers to support social inclusion for learners with health-related conditions

INDUCATE brings together 5 organisations from different European countries acting in the field of adult learning provision, educational research & policy development. The main objectives are: 

  • Identify and disseminate the factors that affect Adult Education (AE) effectiveness on learners with health problems
  • Provide an integrated framework for AE providers to evaluate the impact of their offerings on learners with health problems
  • Share recommendations to enable AE providers to successfully address the needs of persons with health-related issues

WHY?

European adult learners with health-related conditions face risks of social exclusion and barriers to employability. 
There is an international consensus that they need special support to develop their skills, knowledge and competences to overcome these obstacles.

INDUCATE (2019-2022) is an Erasmus+ project that aims to address this challenge by delivering an Integrated Assessment Framework to evaluate adult education providers’ effectiveness for adult learners facing situations of exclusion related to their health conditions.

INDUCATE will provide adult education staff with greater understanding of the needs of individuals with health-related conditions and help them deliver more efficient education programmes. 

HOW?

Adult education providers will engage in a self-assessment process to evaluate the impact of their training, will be able to develop quality improvement plans and will share their practices with their peers. An enlarged European network of adult education providers and other interested bodies will be set up.

Coordinators

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), de Austria

http://inducate.eu

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We have participated in these projects:


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FinanceGO 

http://financego-project.eu

Training educators to implement Financial Literacy Courses for young adults at risk is an ERASMUS+ project that aims to train educators from different fields on how to carry out financial literacy courses for young adults at risk of social exclusion. This aim is based on the belief that training educators is the way to guarantee a higher number of young adults that will receive a quality financial education, in each of the partner countries. Facilitating at-risk youth with access to Financial Literacy is one of the tools to achieve social inclusion.

WHY?

There are currently few projects, researches or studies on financial education that are especially focused on young adults at risk. This is a serious omission as young adults will soon have to make even more complex and critical financial decisions and they must be prepared to face new and changing economic environments. Financial Literacy continues to be especially low among young adults at risk (18-34 years) without compulsory education. 

HOW?

The National Strategies for Financial Education: OECD/INFE Policy Handbook (2015) mentions that effective financial education programs must focus on attitudes and skills. Most young adults are ill-equipped to deal with ever-increasing financial responsibility. That's the reason why the Guide for Educator will not only focus on Financial Literacy Courses but also on the possibility that Educators from varios fields can include Financial Literacy topics and contents in their classes and activities. The FinanceGO Project aims to train educators to offer Financial Literacy courses or classes to young adults at risk by developing a Guide for Educators  and a Training Course. These two activities will give educators the tools needed to better serve young adults while applying a curriculum that is based on their own needs and expectations. 

This project is a 24 month ERASMUS+ project that will be carried out from September 2017 until August 2019.


EMPOWERINGYOU

EmpoweringYou: empowerment of young EU citizens through a gamified virtual collaboration platform for political and civic participation

The objective of the project is to promote political and civic participation of young adults through play.

WHY?

According to recent EU statistics, only 63% of young European citizens participate in elections, resulting in their political, civic and social exclusion at local, national and European level. In addition, there is a strong correlation between low educational level, unemployment, risk of poverty and active citizenship. Young people facing one or more of these disadvantages are more likely of suffering exclusion from democratic life.

HOW?

We will develop an interactive game platform based on learning and exchange of ideas, combining non-formal education, networking and active community engagement, with the aim of promoting the political and civic participation of European citizenship at local, national and European level, developing civic engagement

Coordinator entity

Innova Consultancy LTD from England

http://empoweringyouproject.eu/en/

 


 

SCIENCELIT

ScienceLit, Scientific literacy for all! (2016-2018)

ScienceLit project aims to bring science to adults, especially those who are in at-risk situation.

WHY?

Scientific dialogic gatherings are a way to achieve some of the current European challenges in science, both institutions and civil society and adult education, especially in sectors with a low level of academic training, As these people have traditionally been excluded from the field of science and they would benefit from this knowledge in everyday life. 

HOW?

This project includes, first of all, dialogic scientific gatherings, an activity in which scientific works and articles are read, it is reflected, and through dialogue, a collective learning is created, so that the participants acquire scientific knowledge, as well as capacity for argument and mutual respect. Secondly, these sessions of scientific dialogue dialogues will be filmed to develop an interactive guide for educators who are interested in applying this action. Finally, a training course will be organized for professionals as educators.

Coordinator

Association Agora

http://www.sciencelit.eu/


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EDUFIN: FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR YOUNG ADULTS AT RISK

The school has been in Europe since long time ago. We have participated and participate in different European projects. This allows us to exchange experiences, disseminate our model, create associative network and action shared with other countries.

The EDU-FIN (2014-2016) project aims to meet the real needs of young low-skilled adults – 18-34 years old without compulsory education – on financial education.

WHY?

Nowadays financial markets are increasingly complex and for this reason citizenship needs to be informed and critical. This way they can make key decisions to improve different aspects of their life, not only from a financial optic.Financial education is closely related to the acquisition of basic skills promoted by the European population in order to achieve the 5 target objectives of the Europe2020 strategy.

HOW?

Throughout the project a curriculum on financial education will be created, this program will be developed with the active participation of the beneficiaries themselves using the participatory process. The creation of this program is important because in the future it could be implemented in national education systems in Europe and thereby creates a new line of innovative and contemporary education. Studies show that the level of financial literacy is low in certain demographic groups such as young adults at risk and shockingly there are currently few projects that are specially focused on this issue.

http://edufinproject.eu/


ValidVol (Validation of Volunteers) has been launched to recognise and accredit learning and skills development of individuals working in the voluntary sector (accredited learning and development of skills which individuals gain through their work in the voluntary sector). 

ValidVol is funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme under the Grundtvig sub-programme and involves five European partner countries: Italy (UniTS), Spain (Agora), Greece (KMOP), Austria (BFI) and the United Kingdom (NWRC). It intends to contribute to the creation of systems, models and schemes which validate and clearly identify the key competences gained from their experience as volunteers.  

The target group of ValidVol consists of senior volunteers aged over 50 who are involved in voluntary services and wish to reinforce their employability, because they are either retired, under employed or unemployed. 

The project will look into the significant experiences of non-formal and informal learning through volunteering across Europe, and will motivate senior volunteers to be involved in further adult learning activities, which will facilitate or improve their employability. 

The ultimate goal of the ValidVol project is to develop a system to validate the key competences acquired during senior volunteering.

Site: http://www.validvol.eu/index.php/


 
 
MOMA- Montessori method for Orienting and Motivating Adults (2012-2014). Grundtvig Multilateral Project. Lifelong Learning programme. Education and Culture. European Comission.
The MOMA (Montessori Method for Orienting and Motivating Adults) projects intends to explore if the Montessori principles can be also address to the education of adults and, in particular, if it is possible to create a learning environment where the adults can feel free to express their personality.
 
Coordination: 
Centro Studi e Formazione Villa Montesca
Fabrizio Boldrini. E-mail: fabrizio.boldrini@montesca.it
 

LIFE 2.0

The Life 2.0 project aims at generating innovative services to support elderly people’s independent living. The services will use location technologies and social networking to enhance elderly peolocalple’s access to information about what happens in their neighborhood. 
 
 
METIS
 
Meeting teachers' co-design needs by means of Integrated Learning Environments
 
 
 
CONNECT:
 
Virtual communities and social learning
 
 
 
SOCIAL CAPITAL SCHOOL
 
Within the framework of the European Year of Volunteering the Social Capital School (SCS) spins from the idea of a school open to the contribution of all active players of the educational field (teachers, parents, grandparents, social workers, volunteers etc...), in this way supporting a new concept of non formal and informal training on non profit cooperation, volunteering, social inclusion, active citizenship, human and social growth. The school thus exploits its immense “social capital” to actively affect civic, social and cultural education.
 
 
MOMA
Development of educational proposals for adults
(web under construction)
 
 
WORTHPLAY:
 
 

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Tra.C.I.E Training Citizenship and Intercultural Education: methods and resources for adult learning
(2007-2009) Gruntvig
 
Tra.CIE (Citizenship and Intercultural Education: methods and resources for adult learning) is funded by the European Commission (LLP Grundtvig-Multicultural Projects) and coordinated from the University of Palermo.
 
The general objective is to develop a Tra.CIE curriculum for training teachers involved in the field of intercultural education and citizenship in five european countries (Italy, Bulgaria, Spain, Portugal and Romania). This curriculum has been created from the international exchange of good practices that already work in this area.

 

http://www.tracie.unipa.it


CLAN: Contimuous Learning for Adultos Needs
(2007 - 2009) Lifelong Learning Programme. Grundtvig 1

The European project CLAN: Lifelong learning for adults develop a new method of learning for adults who can combine training with work and family life.

CLAN has created a method defined as Soft Learning that using a platform for learning, provides training throughout the life of those works which have certain characteristics that make difficult their education (eg firemen, policemen, social workers, journalists, etc.).
 
This project is coordinated from the Centre for Studies and Training Montesca Villa (Italy) and participating organizations from seven european countries (Italy, Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Romania and Turkey). CLAN is funded by the European Commission (LLP Grundtvig - Multilateral Project).

http://www.edu-projects.eu/clan


CE-AIDS: An e-learning environment for HIV / AIDS education
(2007-2009) Lifelong Learning Programme. Grundtvig 1

The project "E-AIDS: An educational virtual platform about AIDS is carrying out an integrated solution for the education of adult people in the field of the prevention of AIDS. According to the last surveys of the network “EUROHIV”, in 2005 there were 23.620 new cases diagnosed with this infecction only in the EU.

E-AIDS Objectives are strengthen the education and training in the prevention of AIDS integrating the e-learning in this learning trough innovative pedagogic approaches and new training methodologies.

This project has been coordinated from Save the Children Romania and five organizations from five european countries (Romania, Spain, Italy, Poland i Czech Republic) have been involved. E-AIDS is a project funded by the European Commission (LLP, Grundtvig – Proyectes Multilaterals)

http://www.e-aids.ro/


Además también hemos realizado los siguientes proyectos:

We also have carried out the next projects:

  • (2003-2005) Minerva Action of Socrates Program. Title:  ABE-CAMPUS (Virtual Adulto Basic Education Communities in Europa). Àgora participates as the coordinate committe of the project.
  • (2002-2004) E-learning Action. Title: DIMELI (Dialogical Media Literacy) . Àgora participates as the coordinate committe of the project.
  • (2003-2004) Grundtvig 1 Action of Socrates Program. Title: DERI (Interactive Relations and Development of Employability). ). Àgora participates as a member organization.
  • (2003-2004) Grundtvig 1 Action of Socrates Program. Title: MOLIE (Mentoring On Line in Europe). Àgora participates as a partner.
  • (2002-2004) Grundtvig 2 Action of Socrates Program. Title: Guidance AND COUNSELLING. Àgora participated as a member organization.
  • (2001) Grundtvig 2 Action of Socrates Program. Title: CREATIVITY. Àgora participated as a member organization.
  • (1999-2002) Grundtvig 1 Action of Socrates Program. Title: WAYTOEU: The way to the Unite Europe. Àgora participated as a member organization.
  • (2000) Grundtvig 1 Action of Socrates Program. Title: Gatherings in the Cyberspace II. Àgora participated as the coordinate committe. Renovation of the project of the year before.
  • (1999) Adult Education Action of Socrates Program. Title: Gatherings in the Cyberspace. Àgora participated as the coordinate committe of the project.
  • (1998) Adult Education Action of Socrates Program. Title: BASIC II. Àgora participated as a member organization.
  • (1997) Adult Education action of Socrates program. Title: BASIC. Àgora participated as a member organization.

To make all these projects Agora has been working with many organizations related to education across Europe. Some of them are: VUC Glamsbjerg. Denmark Fiatest Educational Center.Rumania, Vilinus Center.Lituania Adult Educational, Labour Centre of Békés Conty.Hungría, University of Veliko Turnovo. Bulgaria, Katholieke Hogeschool Sint-Lieven. Belgium, Multimedia Center Montaigne. University of Bordeaux.França, University of Ulm.ZAWIW. Germany, Scuola Media Statale "A. Manzoni". Italy, Leeds Metropolitan University School of Educatiion & Professional Development. UK etc.

 

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INDUCATE

Integrated framework for adult education providers to support social inclusion for learners with health-related conditions​​​​​​​

INDUCATE reúne a 5 organizaciones de diferentes países europeos que actúan en el ámbito del aprendizaje de las personas adultas, la investigación educativa y el desarrollo de políticas. Los objetivos principales del proyecto son: 

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  • Identificar y difundir los factores que afectan a la eficacia de la Educación de Personas Adultas (EPA) en personas con problemas de salud.
  • Proporcionar un marco integrado para que los proveedores de EPA evalúen el impacto de su oferta formativa en personas con problemas de salud.
  • Compartir recomendaciones para ayudar a los proveedores de EPA abordar con éxito las necesidades de las personas con problemas de salud

¿POR QUÉ?

Los participantes de educación de personas adultas con problemas de salud en Europa se enfrentan a riesgos de exclusión social y barreras para la empleabilidad. Existe un consenso internacional que necesitan un apoyo para desarrollar sus habilidades, conocimientos y competencias para superar estos obstáculos.

IINDUCATE (2019-2022) es un proyecto Erasmus+ que pretende abordar este reto ofreciendo un marco de evaluación integrada para evaluar la eficacia de los proveedores de educación de personas adultas por personas se enfrentan a situaciones de exclusión relacionadas con problemas de salud .

INDUCATE proporcionará a los proveedores de educación de personas adultas una mejor comprensión de las necesidades de las personas con problemas de salud y les ayudará a ofrecer programas educativos más eficientes.

¿CÓMO?

Los proveedores de educación de personas adultas participarán en un proceso de autoevaluación para evaluar el impacto de su formación, podrán desarrollar planes de mejora de la calidad y compartirán sus prácticas con sus compañeros y compañeras. Se creará una red europea de proveedores de educación de personas adultas y otros organismos interesados.

Entidad coordinadora

Paris Lodron University of Salzburg (PLUS), de Austria

http://inducate.eu