Empowering civil society in the Danube region: 50 participants and great ideas at DANET’s first qualification seminar
The participants, being residents of twelve different countries, gained expert information about European Union project supporting measures suitable for topic-based transnational educational work in the fields of senior adult life-long learning, social participation and intergenerational dialogue. During the seminar definite project proposals were compiled and prepared for application for promotional funds in 2015. The participants, being representatives of a variety of civil society organizations, had prepared for the seminar by introducing themselves and their project ideas, either focused on education, culture, social work, environment or sports, on a public access website.
During the seminar, the members of the Environment workshop designed an intergenerational project of protecting endemic plants of the Danube region: Groups of senior citizens should be up to cooperate with groups of young students in growing, defining and catalogizing plants in a botanical garden, comparing the variety of endemic plants and developing protective measures together. The Food workshop put up ideas how to enhance integration of handicapped people in Danube festivities in different countries and special participation offers to be made to them, like olfactoric and haptic activities for blind people. The Culture workshop designed a digital interactive culture path along the Danube river. The Education workshop pointed out project ideas of development of “green jobs” for young jobless people. Each project outline was cast in a first application draft, following special EU fund programmes put out for tender, to be refined later via digital media.
The five-days seminar, which was supported by the foundation “Landesstiftung Baden-Wuerttemberg”, was run in cooperation with the “Landeszentrale für politische Bildung”.
Project ideas worked out during the training. 6 of project ideas were presented in the last working session on Thursday 11/12/2014.
1. Building gastronomic bridged from the Black Forest to the Black Sea
Project concept Danube on a plate
2. Working title „Personal Stories – EU History“
Personal Stories – EU History
3. Increase regional understanding by building language competencies and digital competencies. Build relationships between cities and towns in the Danube region
Increase regional understanding by building language and digital competencies
4. There was my factory (MYF)
MYF there was my factory
5.The Day After: Postwar everyday city life
The Day After_Postwar Everyday city life
6. Conceptualizing and implementing the role of cultural mediators and mediating in museums
Conceptualizing and implementing the role of cultural mediators and mediating in museums
7. Project DanceLit
Some ideas for the upcoming civil society day, known as a “Participation day” in October 2015 in Ulm
Civil Society Day