NEUROANDGAGOGY AGAINST EXCLUSION project is coordinated by Społeczna Akademia Nauk from Poland in partnership of organisations from Austria, Czech Republic, Greece, United Kingdom and Hungary.
The project aims to introduce the idea of using the latest knowledge on neurodidactics in adult education addressed to disadvantaged groups of people (including the unemployed, inactive people, people 50+, disable, immigrants, low-skilled people, people from low-urban areas, etc.) to encourage them to be part of lifelong learning process. These people often show deficits related to competencies that determine effective participation in social and professional life, such as: information acquisition and processing, critical thinking, problem solving, self-motivation, self-analysis, creativity. This affects the occurrence of problems such as unemployment, poverty, social and cultural exclusion in these groups.
During the work on the project, we intend to collect, describe and test the most useful educational strategies based on neurosciences, which will help adults develop knowledge and skills adequately to their individual circumstances, and thus best serve to counteract social and professional exclusion. Neurological sciences provide information that allows to re-interpret typical educational and learning-related problems. Particular attention is paid to the close relationship between the brain, human behavior and the ability to continue lifelong learning process. According to the knowledge of the functioning of the human brain, neuroandragogy emphasizes the development of learning skills in accordance with abilities and cognitive conditions of each learner. This model is adequate for people of all ages, with different educational experiences, in different socio-economic situations and experiencing different reasons for exclusion. It attaches importance to the affective aspect of learning, building self-motivation to learn, which is particularly important for disadvantaged people.
Main beneficiaries of the project:
- adult people from disadvantaged groups, threatened or affected by social exclusion;
- teachers, educators, trainers working with adult learners or cooperating with anti-exclusion institutions and organizations.;
- wide understood educational istitutions dealing with adult education.
Main project outputs:
• A teachers’ training program “Neuroandragogy in adult education at risk of exclusion”, including educational materials.
• Training materials for disadvantaged adults, developing their skills of effective learning, using the rules of neuroandragogy.
• An interactive educational platform “Neuroandragogy against exclusion”
• Publication: „Neuroandragogy against exclusion”
All project outputs will be tested by the main target groups –teachers and disadvantaged adults– during pilot trainings.
The project results will help teachers realise the great potential offered by neuroandragogy in adult education. They will develop their knowledge concerning the assumptions of teaching based on knowledge of brain functioning. They will obtain information related to use of neuroandragogy in personalisation of work with an adult student. Participation in the project will also allow teachers to acquire lesson planning skills in order to support the adult students’ motivation to work and development and include their individual capacities related to the learning methods.
Due to the project disadvantaged adults will develop one of their basic competences – the ability to learn. Neuroandragogy will help them organise their own learning, will increase their motivation, and point to effective methods of overcoming their difficulties related to the life situation resulting from being a part of the disadvantaged group.
Partnership consists of 6 institutions from 6 European countries. All institutions have been working in their regions and countries for years to develop adult education and improve its effectiveness. The partnership has been carefully composed to provide the project with the necessary skills to create results, transfer them as well as effective implementation in target groups.
SPOŁECZNA AKADEMIA NAUK/SAN (POLSKA)
Spoleczna Akademia Nauk (SAN) in Lodz is one oft he oldest and biggest private universities in Poland. In 2016, 25 years have passed since its founding. SAN is a nationwide university. SAN conducts first and second cycle studies, doctoral seminars, postgraduate and MBA studies. Offers sduction in over 20 various fields. One of advantages of the university is close cooperation with Clark University (USA), thanks to which students can – in parallel to Polish studies – obtain an American diploma.
The main campuses of the University are located in Warsaw, Łódź, Kraków and London. SAN has many years of experience in implementing and managing of the projects co-financed by the European Union. SAN is the founder of the Adult Education Center, which offers training and courses addressed to people who want to participate in the lifelong learning process.
Project contact person: Joanna Szczecińska
Lebenshilfen Soziale Dienste GmbH is a non-profit organisation which accompanies and supports people with disabilities according to the principal “Live like everyone else”. Its aim is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to build a self-determined and fulfilled life amongst the society. Thus Lebenshilfe offers various services for people with disabilities and their families, e.g.: early childhood intervention, school and kindergarten assistance, family support (relief service), living and housing (full-time, part-time, community integrated, residential homes for elderly people with disabilities), working and daytime offers (workshops, integrated enterprises, day-care centres, support in vocational education,…), counselling and advice centre.
Presently, about 1200 people with disabilities and their families benefit from the services of Lebenshilfe and approximately 800 employees and 100 volunteers work for it. It has more than 50 years of experience in working with people with disabilities and their families. Additionally Lebenshilfen is an expert in inclusive adult education, conception of curricula and handbooks, and has deep knowledge in European project cooperation and networking.
Project contact person: Mrs. Karin Kicker-Frisinghelli
EDUcentrum is a non-profit organisation that strives to support innovative forms and methods of education, employability and entrepreneurship based on cross-sectoral cooperation. Our team consist of experienced educational experts, project managers and researchers who strongly believe that changing traditional perspectives on education and labour market is the key to impact our living and working environment.
Town: Dobřichovice/Prague (branch)
Country: CZECH REPUBLIC
KALAMATA SECOND CHANCE SCHOOL (GR)
Kalamata Second Chance School is a public adult education school of two academic years’ duration. A certificate equivalent to secondary school diploma is provided after successful attendance. It is a European programme within the framework of the fight against social exclusion. Its aim is to offer adults opportunities to enter again the education and training system, form a positive attitude towards learning, acquire basic knowledge and skills, enhance their personality and finally, facilitate the access to labour market.
Contact person: Gallou Georgia
Youth and Lifelong Learning Foundation is a non-profit, public benefit institution, which is supervised by the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs but also directly related to it as a provider and as contractor of the projects and programmes the Ministry assigns to the Foundation. Its mission is to implement lifelong learning programmes/projects, implement youth programmes/projects, emphasizing youth innovation, mobility, transitions and career growth and also manage all issues regarding student care services, catering and accommodation facilities (educational welfare).
BRIDGING TO THE FUTURE (UK)
Bridging to the Future (BTF, UK)
Our mission is economic independence through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship and education. We develop and implement training programmes for individuals to become entrepreneurial. We believe this is key to their economic independence. Everybody at BTF is an experienced entrepreneur or social entrepreneur. Therefore, we apply our experience and research into a range of programmes that include: Leadership & QEAS (qualities, experiences, attitudes and skills); Start-ups; Business growth; English for Entrepreneurs.
Our belief is that economic independence will be achieved through making business work better and for more people.
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
LATERNA MAGICA (HU)
Laterna Magica was established to create demanding and unique cultural and educational projects in Hungary and abroad as well. We give a helping hand to cultural and educational institutions to achieve their goals more effectively and efficiently. We give a full service that includes the writing of the application, the organization, the implementation, the PR and the dissemination of the results.
We have a wide range of contacts in the Hungarian educational and professional organizations. Our experts have more than 15 years of experience in the field of education (curriculum development, pedagogical consultancy and public-education administration). We gladly join any initiation that is eager to spread the common heritage in a fresh and creative way.
Project contact person: Biro Daniel