In March 1994 the Zentrum für Allgemeine Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung (ZAWiW, Centre for General Scientific Education) was founded by the University of Ulm. It was a reaction on the increasing request for general multidisciplinary education for adults of any age, especially in the “third age”. Main function of the centre is the development of innovative education programs for adults, esp. seniors, which subsequently are accompanied scientifically by the ZAWiW. The different programs refer to the interests and wishes of the participants and are intending to improve their autonomy in the sense of learning by research. Development and updating of educational concepts and programs are of special importance.
UNIVERSITY OF CRAIOVA
St. A. I. Cuza No.13, Craiova, România
Contact at the Faculty of Letters, Department of Communication, Journalism and Education Sciences
Alexandru Strunga, Assistant Professor
The University of Craiova ranks topmost among the Romanian higher education system (56 accredited public higher education institutions and 35 accredited private higher education institutions in 2012), and the institutional evaluation by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS) was completed with a “High Confidence Rating” – 2009. The University of Craiova is integrated to the academic European community, sharing its cultural, moral, scientific and educational values. Faculty of Letters and Department of Communication, Journalism and Education Sciences are open to European collaboration especially in the field of Adult Education.
Since 1984, when it was established by voluntary endeavors of a group of adult education experts, the Slovenian Third Age University has grown into a nation wide set network of 46 universities in 41 localities with about 21 000 students, more than 1000 mentors and 1000 volunteers of different age working together. The induced practice has been extensively researched. As a result of it, the today’s University follows its own generalisations and is based on its own model. The initial idea was to enable different groups of older people to strengthen their social identity through getting aware of their cultural role in the society; to gain knowledge and to pass their knowledge, experience and culture onto their peers and younger generations within families and in the local community. At this university and within its study circles, knowledge, experience and culture are exchanged, new knowledge is gained and jointly constructed through reciprocal, co-operative and mutual learning.
- to better understand older people’s needs and to better their life through culture and education,
- to facilitate integration of older people in the society through their personal growth, paid or voluntary work,
- to support active ageing, and older people’s active roles in the family
- to enable different generations to study and work together,
- to conduct public campaigning in the field of older people’s issues and education
- to support older workers to stay on the labour market and /or to get back there
- to research education of older adults and to disseminate the findings
- to educate teachers, mentors and facilitators in the field
- to encourage public debate and civil dialogue on issues concerning old people
Target groups: older workers, workers in the pre-retirement period, retired people
ASFAS // ASSOCIATION SPORT FOR ALL SERBIA
Terazije 35/III, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Contact: Zarko Gvero
Association Sport for all is relatively young as an organization (it was founded in March 2005) but its programmatic tradition goes back to year 1952 when Partizan Yugoslavia – Association for physical education and recreation was established. The association existed under this name until 1992 when all republic associations (Slovenian, Croatian, Bosnian and Herzegovina Montenegrin, Macedonian and Serbian) participated equally in its work. After decay of the country, the Association was transformed into Association for sports recreation of Yugoslavia. The following transformation happened in 1998 upon changing the name into Yugoslav Sport for all whose existence was limited by status of the State and resulted in another change of name into Association Sport for all of Serbia and Montenegro in November 2003. After final separation of Serbia and Montenegro (in May 2006), programmatic issues were inherited by Association Sport for All Serbia. Thanks to the programmatic definitions, it motivated interests of many non- governmental organizations that, more or less, deal with programs of sport recreation for citizens regardless of their gender, race or religion. The main objective is to raise awareness and participation in physical activity toward healthy lifestyle. To fulfill this objective ASFAS has two key areas: activities and education. As well as promoting events and educational programs. Nowadays, the Association is consisted of 69 members. Certain number of associated members comes from the national level but members from local communities also make a very significant organizational structure.
‘EUROED’ ASSOCIATION was set up in 2005 , having as main objective the promotion at European standards of VET and of long life learning politics on the Romanian market. ‘EUROED’ is new on the market, but our organization uses institutional materials and resources and experts in accordance with the European standards, already having collaborations with the most important European institutions from this domain.Due to its purposes, our organization has the following activities:
- Organizing vocational training courses, mainly in the field of business undertaking/social-organizational field/IT field
- Introducing in Romania the European certification standards Xpert/XpertMaster, Xpert PBS and EBC*
- LLobby and counseling on matters concerning adult education /lifelong learning
- Study visits and experience exchange with other European countries
- Designing and implementation of various trans-national co-operations and European projects.
“NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN AGEING DR LAZA LAZAREVIC”
Terazije 35, Belgrade 11 000, Serbia
Contact: Lidija Jevremovic
The main activities of the “National foundation for human ageing dr Laza Lazarevic” are active and creative aging and inter-generational cooperation. We strive to establish a Regional center of the Danube countries in Belgrade. Since our founding we organize numerous activities on development third age position in society. We cooperate with ZAWiW and BAGSO which programs we are implementing. The Foundation is co-founder of Danube Networkers 2008 and DANET 2014. We participated in ten activities in frame of the DANET and on national level. We also participated on gerontological congress in Vrnjacka Banja in May 2014 and in Hamburg in May 2012.
ASOCIAȚIA DE DEZVOLTARE ECONOMICO-SOCIALĂ – ADES
Str. 1 Decembrie 1918, Bl. F4, Sc. A, Ap 3, Curtea de Argeș – 115300, jud. Argeș, România
Contact person: Anca Socolovschi, Board Member and Management Consultant
ADES was founded in 1995. Its mission is to create positive social and economic change in communities throughout Romania in a professional, ethical and responsible manner. This mission is realized through the following goals: Developing professional skills and increasing labour productivity; Supporting SME development and expansion; Improving social and economic conditions (public administration, access to capital, etc.) in local communities. ADES is organized in three departments: The Regional Centre for Human Resource Development; The Centre for Local Community Development; The Resource Centre for NGOs. We are a member of RONOR – Network of NGOs working for increasing the employment of active persons. We have implemented over 30 community development and human resources development/life long learning projects mainly with Romanian partners and we are eager to establish long standing partnerships for intercultural and intergenerational projects with foreign organizations.
CENTRUL PENTRU RECUPERARE, REABILITARE
SI EDUCATIE SPECIALA (CRRES), BUZAU
Str. Pietroasele, nr. 11, Buzau, Romania
Contact: Eduard Nicolescu, Manager of the CRRES
CRRES is a municipal institution devoted to providing quality social services to children, youth and adults with both physical and mental disabilities (from moderate cases to severe ones). The institution functions on local level. The organization is specialized in providing not only specialized rehabilitation services but also at ensuring high quality education services for the needs of the adult learners coming to the centre. We use and adapt a variety of non-formal education techniques for the need of the disadvantaged community and strive to enhance their learning capacity in global challenges topics such as environmental education, culture, and sustainable living.
Maize Research Institute “Zemun Polje” is a leading institution in Serbia in the implementation of scientific research, which deals with the creation, production and introduction of new high yielding, high quality corn hybrids and soybean varieties for different agro-ecological growing conditions, different needs and purposes.
Scientific research – The program of scientific research is carried out within the framework of projects implemented by teams of researchers and professionals.
Production – The production activity of the Institute refers, generally, to the organization of production of seed maize hybrids and sunflower, soybean and wheat.
Marketing – Marketing activities of the Institute include market analysis and promotional activities in order to place seed maize hybrids, sunflower, soybean and wheat.
Commercial and financial – Within the commercial and financial activities, product placement is performed in the markets at home and abroad.
Library – Library of Maize Research Institute “Zemun Polje” was founded in 1946. It is classified as research institutes’ library. Within the Maize Research Institute, the library is placed in the Department of Science and Development and possesses expert literature and periodicals in the field of natural sciences and agriculture.
REGIONAL LIBRARY „PARTENII PAVLOVICH”
Contact: Krasimira Nyagolova
Regional library „Partenii Pavlovich” is the largest in district Silistra and has a rich and varied collection of approximately 300 000 library documents. It serves citizens of all ages with science, popular science and entertainment literature. Users of the library can borrow at home or use in reading rooms library documents – books, newspapers, magazines, CD, DVD, albums and more on Bulgarian or foreign languages. The library offers its users free internet access, information resources and electronic databases. The library works on projects and programs in partnership with diversity organizations, exposes exhibitions, offers a variety of cultural and educational initiatives. Public Library “Partenii Pavlovich” saves a unique collection of local periodicals and books, coordinates the collection, preservation, organization and dissemination of information about Dobrudzha, history, development and present day of Silistra. Performs coordination, expert consultancy and training activity at libraries in the region.
FACULTY OF BUSINESS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Mitropolita Petra 8, Belgrade, Serbia
Contact: Radmila Grozdanic, Professor
Faculty of Business Economy and Entrepreneurship from Belgrade, Serbia (Accreditated: 612-00-00135/24/2010-04) has been implementing the studies of high education within socio-humanistic scientific fields at two levels, precisely:
– Basic academic studies: Economy and Entrepreneurship study programme (180 ESPB)
– Master academic studies: Economy and Entrepreneurship study programme and Sports management (120 ESPB).
Basic postulates of the Faculty are quality in all aspects of the Faculty’s activity, working flexibility, high professionalism of employees and care about every student who entrusts his/her education to the Faculty. The Faculty’s vision is much more ambitious and envisages introduction of new study programmes from other scientific fields as well as expansion of the offer of new study programmes for prospective students, constructing Campus in Despotovac, first of its kind in the republic. The Faculty has particular relations with a number of high-school institutions in the country and abroad, successfully participating at Games of the Students of Management (Serbian: “Menadzerijada”) for the past three years, both concerning the achievements in knowledge as well as prestigious achievements in sports activities.
INNOVATIVE CREATIVE PROJECTS
“Inovatyvūs kūrybiniai projektai”
Trakų 13a-3, LT-4423 Kaunas, Lithuania
Contact: Vitalija Norvilienė, Director
Non-profit organization is working in Lithuanian culture and art, national cultural heritage, adult education and social fields. We use different creative tools during our workshops like memoir writing for seniors, creative writing for young people, collecting objects of cultural heritage like weaving, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, wood works and family vintage photographs, publishing books and calendars with beautiful photos and memoir stories. Our aim is to encourage people to create and live the rich and inspiring life, working towards creative and innovative society.
YOUTH CLUB BACKA PALANKA – YC BP
Partizanska 12, 21400 Backa Palanka, Serbia
Contact: Ljiljana Zizic, program coordinator and youth worker
Youth Club Backa Palanka (YC BP) is been founded in 2006 and since that time it has become a recognizable name in the field of youth work in the municipality of Backa Palanka as well as in the region. It is an independent, nongovernmental, non-profit organization, with the aim to realize activities for young people and improve the quality of youth work.
In Youth Club young people can meet, enjoy, learn and try different types of activities. All activities have inclusive and inter-generational character. YC BP is trying through these activities to provide opportunities for young people to work on their personal and professional development, and thus the development of the entire community.
Youth Club Backa Palanka is member of the National Youth Council of Serbia (KOMS) and the National Association of Youth Work Practitioners Serbia (NAPOR). In April 2013 Youth Club has received national accreditation for the realizing programs and standards of youth work.
THE ASSOCIATION “THE WRITERS` LEAGUE” TIMISOARA BANAT BRANCH
Str. Arhimandrit Teofil Paraian nr 24, TIMISOARA 300776
Contact: Ana Zlibut, First vice president
The Association “The Writers League” Timisoara Banat Branch has the following objectives: encouraging, stimulating and promoting the literary creation among its members and to the general public through the development of cultural, literary and artistic activities, organizing book exhibitions and salons, specific activities to promote literature, protection of the writer’s personality development for the benefit of the writer and society.
“TINERET BUZAU 2007”
Oltului street no. 36A, postal code 120139, Buzau, Romania
Contact: Eduard Nicolescu, President
“Tineret Buzau 2007” in a non-governmental, non-profit, independent association with public benefit, constituted for an undetermined period, based in Buzau city. The purpose of Tineret Buzau 2007 is to the promotion of intercultural dialogue and non-formal learning, European cooperation between youngsters, the promotion of new public policies concerning the interests of the youth, promotion for the integration of young people with disabilities in the community.
Contact: Vesna Kostic
KulTurNet has been founded in order to provide financial and other material, technical, expert and organizational conditions for:
Preserving and nourishing of traditional values, promotion of civil values and tradition through new ideas and realization of touristic programs, affirmation of cultural historical values of ambience wholes, revitalization of institutions of culture and ambience wholes through historical plays, promotion of non-material cultural heritage in order to enrich touristic offer of the city of Belgrade and Serbia, development and improvement of touristic products of Belgrade and Serbia and their promotion on the home and foreign touristic market, promotion of Belgrade as a Danube metropolis, from the point of view of history and culture, inclusion of Belgrade and Serbia into mutual touristic offer of the region of Danube, revival and creation of new eco touristic contents along banks of the river Danube, promotion of science through programs and contents based on multidisciplinary experimental archeology, establishment of direct contact with cultural heritage in comparison with classical museum institutions, preservation and development of ecological values, expert and material assistance in the field of culture and creative work, creation of material and other conditions for achievement of top results in the field of nourishing traditional and cultural values, organization of scientific and experts research in the field of civil values and tradition, education of domestic and foreign visitors on cultural and historical heritage.
Pap Pavla 7/122
21 000 Novi Sad, Serbia
Contact: Ljiljana Zizic
EDIT Center (ex ONO organization) is a non-profit association founded in 2005 whose greatest value and resource are people and their needs. One of our main aims is raising public awareness towards more responsible and active participation in society usually trough non formal education. The organization makes a group of experts who have a vast experience in working with young people, creating policies for youth and working on various methodologies for creating more human society for all. Major result of the organization is opening an Youth Info center “Infopolis” as the part of the City youth council in 2013.
EDIT is an acronym for: Education, Development, Information and Training – basic activities and methods of the center.
PUČKO OTVORENO UČILIŠTE ZAGREB / PUBLIC OPEN UNIVERSITY ZAGREB
Ulica grada Vukovara 68, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Contact: Tihomir Žiljak, Head of the Department for Lifelong Learning, Development and EU Projects
Public Open University Zagreb (POUZ) is the largest adult education and cultural institution in Croatia. Its tradition goes far back to the year of 1907 when the idea of establishing a public university in Zagreb has been initiated. Nowadays POUZ has 840 educational, training and cultural programmes. POUZ offers a broad spectrum of adult education programmes, continuing vocational training and additional training programmes, elementary, high school and secondary school programmes, cultural and publishing programmes, activities in international projects. Within the POUZ there is the University of the Third Age (UTA) offering various informal education programmes. Key objective is the inclusion of the third age population in cultural and educational programmes, which enhances not only their social networking but also contributes to the sense of personal growth. Apart from formal education, there is a wide range of non-formal education and training courses.
UNESCO Initiatives Centre was established in 2005 in Wrocław. We are an independent NGO focused on organising educational activities for people in all age with special focus on youth. Our mission is to involve people in developing society based on respect for diversity and a sense of responsibility for social and natural environment.
We organise youth exchanges, trainings, exhibitions projects with schools in the region, some of them on local some on international level. We did organise already many youth exchanges and trainings within Youth in Action Programme and Erasmus +. Our main topics are: intercultural learning and active participation in social and economic life. Members of association are students, animators, educators and trainers wanting to promote non formal education, active involvement, responsibility and creativity.
BELGRADE CITY LIBRARY
Knez Mihailova 56, Belgrade, Serbia
Contact: Arbutina Nada Assistant director at Belgrade City Library
BCL (Biblioteka grada Beograda) is the biggest and most significant public library in Serbia. BCL consists of central library and the network of 14 municipal libraries and 70 branches. Already in 1987 BCL was the first public library in the country to implement elements of automation in its work. BCl has defined three major challenges in its further development: accommodating to the spreading of new technologies and the potential for new services that it brings; evolving demands of library users; and librarians’ new expectations for education and training. BCL constantly builds internal partnerships between libraries, museums and archives. In the past it has participated in AccessIT, AccessIT Plus, Europeana Awareness, Di-XL and LoCloud projects. BCL has developed its own digital library (dlibra.bgb.rs) and managing of it represents one of the library’s main tasks in the coming decade.
Igmanska 23, 26300 Vršac, Serbia
Contact: Babic Budimir
Environmental Association Avalon, which was estblished in 2003 at Vrsac (Yugoslavia, Serbia, Vojvodina) is member of networks: Natura 2000 and Climate shanges.
Avalon has broad spectrum of environment and specially social-ecology activities (projects) because at our environment aren’t so many organizations which work is connected with such issues.
Our intention is to dig more deep at problems of environment and relation between society and nature.
“SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIL SOCIETY”
28-a, Dospat Str., Sofia-1463, Bulgaria
Contact: Lucia Ilieva
The Club “Sustainable Development of Civil Society” (CSDCS) is an apolitical, non governmental and non profit organization founded in 1997 with the goal to unify the efforts of some fellow members of Bulgarian Universities and training organizations for introducing new sustainable approaches to economic and social activities in Bulgaria. Our mission is to contribute to the democratization process by strengthening the social dialogue and ensuring a wide and mutually beneficial cooperation between Bulgarian and foreign associations in order to exchange information and experience and to assist and implement activities related to sustainable development.
CSDCS has been engaged in more than 50 projects mostly oriented to social, environmental and transport activities. The main fields of work are sustainable urban development, mobility management, environmental preservation, trans-boarder cooperation, as well as project development and education related to EU-policies and projects’ development.
CSDCS is a representative CSO in the National Council on Euro-Funds at the Bulgarian. The club is National coordinator of the EPOMM/ENDURANCE-network in Bulgaria, SUMP Focal point and Coordinator of schools’ TSG-network.