Start of the new project „Open Doors for Danube Countries for All“ (ODDA) in spring 2017

Background: The pilot project Open Doors for Danube Countries for All (ODDA) builds on experiences from the previous work and projects of the network Danube Networkers. Mutual knowledge and understanding amongst people in the Danube countries and positive climate between European neighbours is one of the prerequisites to the successful implementation of the Danube Strategy and its European ideas. The project should help to reduce prejudices and fears, to introduce and establish new role behaviours and forms of civic engagement. Experiences from previous cross-national projects have shown that many people are reserved when it comes to programs that include international meetings or travel to the West or the East. This applies especially to people with low education, but also to people, who have large knowledge about their own culture. This reserve comes from the lack of knowledge of languages – the other national languages or English, the lack of experience with the cultures of the Danube neighbours and the resulting fear of getting into difficult situations.

The reason for this is the long division of the West and the East Europe and the different social systems. The consequences of this division are especially marked in the transdanubian sphere. Cross-national meetings foster motivation to find out more about the ‘world’ of the other, lead to questions and experience of alternatives for dealing with new situations and foster the feeling for common European democratic values.

The reason for this is the long East-West divide in Europe and the different social systems.

More Information will follow soon.

Creating Bridges for Europe: Seminar in Bad Urach: Juli 2017 More 

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Start of the project „Tastes of Danube: Bread Connects“ in spring 2017

The successful Project „Tastes of Danube“ will be continued – start of the project „Tastes of Danube: Bread Connects“ in spring 2017

The very successful, intergenerational and intercultural Danube Project „Tastes of Danube: Bread. Wine. Herbs“ will be continued. The follow-up project „Tastes of Danube-Bread Connects“ is based on the findings and experiences in the project „Tastes of Danube-Bread.Wine.Herbs“.

At the heart of the project „Tastes of Danube: Bread Connects“ is the promotion of awareness raising for the common cultural roots in the Danube Region and in Europe and the strengthening of the Danube community by working on the subject of bread. Through various activities, citizens of all age groups, ethnic groups and social situations will be invited to experience bread as a common immaterial cultural heritage, which is reflected in many facets of local level. Through doing things together at local and transnational level, the aim is to demonstrate the possibilities offered by the cultural heritage of intergenerational and intercultural dialogue, social cohesion and economic development in the Danube Region and in Europe.


International meeting in July 2016 in Ulm

It is intended to make known the results of all these activities on the International Conference “Tastes of Danube- Let’s taste it” which will take place in Ulm the 8th of July 2016 in the frame of the 10th International Danube Festival Ulm/Neu-Ulm. This Conference will be connected with the public action “Danube-Breakfast. Share your bread with Danube-Neighbours” the 10th of July in the morning on the Herdbrьcke (bridge) which connects Ulm and Neu-Ulm, .by the Danube!

Save the date! Representatives of all active project groups will be invited to take part! For representatives of groups especially active in this project there will be stipendiums!

Slovenian Third Age University Goes Danubian

A message from Slovenia

Associations Like DANET Are  Social Investment

Including And Engaging Older People And Other Generations

The Ljubljana EURAG Conference Is Approaching

Two days ago at Slovenian Third Age University took place They are us. (slov. Oni smo mi), a  round table on migrants and migrations. The round table was about migrants and how they are welcomed  but as a matter of fact,  it was also about  older people since  it was focused on inclusion, integration, social engagement and their impact on societies. Migrants or older people need to be included. But not one by one…What is needed are systems and organisations.

Based in Ulm, DANET ( ) is a European association and a network of  organisastions for learning in later life,  social participation and intergenerational dialogue along the Danube. It is in itself  social investment creating bridges among different cultures, organisations, institutions, among generations and older people themselves. To put it differently it is in itself social capital or social investmet bringing together older people and professionals’ knowledge, skills, experience and culture.

I am going to introduce DANET at the EURAG Conference  that will be held in my hometown Ljubljana from 6.-8.  May, the conference being devoted to the role of organisations of and for older people or mixed organisations and and their impact on society. Such organisations are what sociologists call. social capital. Without them human and cultural capital would be lost, societies would be less effective.

Currently the term social capital is being widely used by sociologists and other professionals, though for a long time it was burdened with economic connotations. But social capital is nothing really new. It is like old wine in  a new bottle. (Field, 2008 ). The central thesis of social capital  can be summarised: relationships matter and relationships transform the actors and transform society.

In my contribution to the EURAG conference I will be introducing DANET, its political and pragmatic role in the countries along the Danube. I will be touching upon its past and its current experience uniting  older people (notwithstanding the level of their formal education and their social background) and their communities.


Dušana Findeisen



The 2016 DANET Board Meeting was in Belgrade at the confluent of two rivers: the Danube and the Sava river

Belgrade 22nd– 23rd April 2916

Prof. Mariella Nankova, Prof. Tihomir Žiljak, Carmen Stadelhofer during the DANET Board meeting
Prof. Mariella Nankova, Prof. Tihomir Žiljak, Carmen Stadelhofer during the DANET Board meeting

Members of the DANET – board (Carmen Stadelhofer, Germany; Dusana Findeisen, Slovenia; Ana Zlibut, Romania; Tihomir Ziljak, Croatia; Emiliya Velikova and Mariella Nankova, Bulgaria) met in the „Institute for the Study of Cultural Development“ in Belgrade ( Marina Lukic Cvetic ,directoress, and Dejan Zagorac researcher).  The DANET board members were supported by Lidija Jevremovic, National Foundation for Human Aging Dr. Laza Lazarevic. The DANET Board members started by reporting on the work done in Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia, Germany and Slovenia over the last months. Their report was on the institutions visited, decisions makers approached, events launched and the results obtained in each country. The progress report on the project Tastes of the Danube (DANET and ILEU) was presented. Plans for the coming  projects Breakfast on the Danube and Bread on Tour were elaborated. The Board members were invited to Heinrich Boel Foundation in Belgrade to present and promote DANET. There was also a friendly evening, a warm meeting of Danubian friends sharing a lot: common goals, information, knowledge, common and particular culture as well. The evening was organised for the DANET Board members, local partner institutions and a group of interested older people from Germany. Tamara, an archaeologist presented excavations near Vinca where bread from the 12th century was found which is a rare example of gastronomy-heritology.

02 Carmen Stadelhofer introducing the friendly evening

Carmen Stadelhofer introducing the friendly evening

Dušana Findeisen, Slovenian Third Age University

Erasmus Spanish Students

Foreign students in BulgariaUniversity students from the Faculty of Education, Economics and Technology of Ceuta and other faculties of the University of Granada, Span, are students now at the University of Ruse, Bulgaria, under Erasmus+ program. They congratulate the participants of the International Project Tastes of Danube: Bread, Vine and Herbs.
The students very often organize joint dinner with Bulgarian bread and food.

Marathon of Reading

Marathon of Reading was organized on 19 th April, 2016 in Caritas – Center for Social Support, Ruse. The participants were 30 school students from the Primary School “Angel Kanchev” with Head Mr. Encho Enchev, university students from the course Social Pedagogy, who are members of the Club Young Educator/ Social Educator and their leader Pr. Assist. Prof. Dr Bagryana Ilieva, and voluntaries from the Caritas Center for Social Support. The younger students were made familiar with the old Bulgarian tales about bread. Dr Bagryana Ilieva gave a bread to all participants. The bread was given from the International Association DANET with President Mrs. Carmen Stadelhofer, Akad. Dir’in a.D.

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