2017 Building Bridges for Europe

The project’s objective is the creation of an online Method-Toolbox which can be used in European education programs and actions in the context of adult and especially older adult education. Central task will be the development of criteria for the analysis of projects and methods with the focus on good practices in the areas of fostering critical thinking,European consciousness and solidarity and the reduction of prejudices.
The Method-Toolbox should help to improve and extend the supply of high quality learning opportunities tailored to the needs of different target groups and individual learners.
Partner organizations from Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria are members of the educational networks Danube-Networkers, the international association DANET e.V., the FEDERUNI Network of Italian Universities of the Third Age and in Bulgaria the Platform Agora. All partners are experienced in national and international work with different target groups, especially older learners.

Collected will be methods of learning and transnational European cooperation, which will then be analyzed and adapted for work with the target groups of this project, especially older people, women, people with low education, and for learning settings (formal, non-formal, informal) in general adult education in Europe.
There will be four partner meetings and also cooperation via online tools. Taken into consideration will be various learning arrangements, target groups and differences in work conditions, culture, languages, as well as the educational and social framework of the respective countries and the applicability of the methods in the respective countries,focusing the cooperation of education providers from West, middle and Southeast Europe.

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2017 Tastes of Danube: Bread Connects

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.

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2017 Open Doors for Danube Countries for All (ODDA)

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.

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2016 Tastes of Danube.Bread.Wine.Herbs

As a follow-up project of “The Wanted Danube” the “Danube-Networkers” organization in Ulm starts a new project with their partners from all Danube countries in October 2015. “Tastes of Danube: Bread, Wine, Herbs” is the name of the project which welcomes civil society organizations, schools, single persons and groups in Germany and all other Danube countries as active participants. From now on, every interested group, institution or person from the Danube Region is invited to present their ideas for project activities and to actively take part.

Transnational activities will be designed and carried out circling around bread, wine, and herbs as traditional groceries and luxury foods which are equally common in all countries along the Danube river. The different activities will offer a chance to not only get knowledge about the use and meaning of these foods nowadays but to research about their social and cultural history throughout the countries. Memories and experiences from individual and professional life will fill the subject with life, along with teamed creative planning and baking, or, for example, discussing possibilities of food sharing.

The project is supported by Staatsministerium Baden-Württemberg, Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, Ulmer Bürger Stiftung, Sparkasse Ulm, Heidehof Stiftung and others

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2014 The Danube moves us

The project “The wanted Danube” , mainly financed by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, was very successful not only in Germany but also in other Danube countries who participated in it. As the Danube-Networkers from Ulm did saw a great potential to continue with project activities and ensure the sustainability based on hilarious products – wool Water-Carpets and friendship strip, they started a new round of the part project, named “The Danube moves us”. Since July 2014 they did made a lot of action in Ulm region to promote the idea of the whole project and to offer the river carped pieces for collecting money to support social and pedagogical projects in the South-East Danube countries.

At the end of December 2014 the amount of donations has run up to almost 12.000 Euros. In July 2015 it had been 15.000 Euros. In October 2014 two educational institutions in small villages in Serbia and Croatia, which were damaged by the latest Danube flood catastrophe, were restored with the support from the “Wanted Danube” donations. One donation was given for one social project in Mariakemend, Hungary, and another donation for a pedagogical project to school Pildesti, Romania. Other project will be supported 2016.

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2013 The Wanted Danube

The successful project “The Wanted Danube” demonstrated how mutual knowledge and first steps of mutual friendship between people from all over the Danube Area can develop from a hand-crocheted friendship ribbon. The project was initiated in November 2013 by the Ulm-based educational network „Danube-Networkers “ in cooperation with partner organizations from eight different countries along the Danube river. The presentation of the “common Danube-River carpet” on the Cathedral Place in Ulm during the International Danube Festival Ulm/Neu-Ulm on July 13, 2014 included representatives of all involved institutions along the Danube and was a big public success.

Designed as a parallel to the European Union’s Danube Area Strategy, which involves politics and economy, the goal of “The Wanted Danube” was to address the people on a personal level. They should view it as a positive challenge to get involved with each other and to improve their mutual knowledge, especially people from Western and South Eastern Europe as well as the people from different ethnicities in various Danube countries.

The output of the project is unique. More than 6.000 people from 8 Danube countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria took an active part, seniors as well as pupils and students. 1.457,99 km of friendship ribbon were crocheted, 3.649 “river-piece carpets” were hand-crafted by the participants, along with many cultural and educational side events. A lot of engagement and interest in the Danube Area was demonstrated. The Danube Area became topic of many school classes. Wide-spread media coverage turned public interest to the project.

The project evaluation showed high outcomes on the individual level as well as on the group and institutional level. The “river carpets” and many hand crafted wool products, such as bags, blankets, cushions and more made from the friendship ribbon after the July 2014 presentation, are given away for donations which are used for social purposes and Danube-focused educational activities developed together with the partners from the Danube countries. The Ulm Danube-Networkers had been very engaged to promote the project „The wanted Danube“ after the main event, which took place at the 13th of July 2014 during the International Danube Festival Ulm/Neu-Ulm. Five Danube-Networker-Days had been organized in Germany, Serbia and Bulgaria in 2015 with big participation from the citizens. In Ulm the Danube-Networkers did made a lot of action to get donations for the „river carpets“.

In October 2015 the project „The wanted Danube“ got the Citizen Price 2015 from the European Parliament and the „Europa-Lilie für Bürgerschaftliches Engagement“ (Europe lily for the citizens engagement) by the Europaunion Deutschland (European Union Germany).

The project was supported by various sponsors, mainly by Baden-Württemberg Stiftung, Germany.

Contact: Carmen Stadelhofer, chairwoman ILEU e.V. and DANET e.V.

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2013 Changes of Perspectives – Intercultural Exchange between Generations and Cultures along the Danube (DALEC 2)

Between March and April 2013, the Donaubüro Ulm/Neu-Ulm in cooperation with the Centre for General Scientific Continuing Education (ZAWiW) of Ulm University and other scientific education and civil society institutions from Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria implements the project „Changes of Perspectives – Intercultural Exchange between Generations und Cultures along the Danube”.
Three lectures prepared by scientists in 14-day intervals will be held live to an audience in the respective locations and transmitted over the Internet in an online-lecture series to the other project locations. After the lecture structured discussions will take place between the participants from all four countries. The lectures will be held in English and will be translated into the project partners` native languages.

20.3.2013 Tourism in the Danube Region: Economic factor or meetings of people? Danko Cosic, Tourismus Experte (Donaukompetenzzentrum Belgrad)
10.04.2013 What does demographic change mean for the Danube Region? (Ruse, Bulgaria)
24.04.2013 Old and young between tradition and modernity (Craiova, Rumänien)
Start of the lectures at 4 pm, Location in Ulm: Multimedia-Room N27, Ulm University

The aim of the project is to work out using the new media different perspectives between the Danube countries and the different generations to determine similarities and differences and to seek new solutions to social problems from different point of views. The online-lecture series contributes a better understanding between the people in the Danube region.
Between the online lectures local meetings will be held to the participant groups, which serve the preparation and follow up of the lectures. The short presentations in form of statements will be transmitted in advance to the other partner organizations, so the participants can prepare their questions and statements in English. The well structured discussions will be lead by selected moderators.
An Internet platform will present the lectures as video podcasts together with relevant materials. An Internet forum will provide the opportunity to elaborate on the subjects in intergenerational and cross-national discussions.

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2013 Feasibility study: Older Adults’ Lifelong Learning and ICT Use in the Danube Region

On the 14th and 15th of March 2013, representatives from education organizations in Bulgaria, Croatia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Germany had met at Ulm University for a kick-off meeting of a research project „Older Adults’ Lifelong Learning and ICT Use in the Danube Region”.

The research project aims at collecting data on Lifelong Learning (LLL) and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by older adults (especially in learning activities) in the Danube Region. It will take into account general conditions and existing structures in the partner countries. The results of the study are to enable the partners to draw up concrete recommendations for future projects and encourage networking. The partners involved in the study will have the opportunity of applying for a joint European project together, which will be based on the outcomes of the study.

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2012 Personal Town Tours

The European Learningpartnership „Personal TownTours“, financed by the European Commission, Programme Liefelong Learning, should lead to the development of cultural tours that can be offered to national as well as international guests of the participating organisations and other interested parties in the project partners‘ cities. Throughs cross-national exchanges, the projects‘ learners gain know-how in the linguistic, cultural and historical backgrounds of other project members‘ living environment. Activities: The members of the participating groups (seniors as well as younger adults) in the partners‘ locations prepare under self-selected thematic focus 3-5 personalized 60-90 minute Personal TownTours and present them to members of partner groups from other countries as well as to other local older and younger people and bring their town closer to them.

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2011 Werte und Wege entlang der Donau (DALEC 1)

Between December 2011 and July 2012, the Donabüro Ulm/Neu-Ulm in cooperation with scientific education and civil society institutions from five countries (Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Romania) implements the “Media Project Old and Young” (Danube-Networkers Lectures, DALEC) with the thematic focus “Values and Paths along the Danube”. The project’s subject corresponds to this year’s topic of the city of Ulm and the motto of the Danube Festival 2012: “New spirit along the Danube”. The key tasks are assigned to the Centre for General Scientific Continuing Education of Ulm University (in short ZAWIW).

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2011 Danube Networkers on Tour

The mobile exhibition „Danube-Networkers on Tour” is an event meant to accompany a learning partnership “Danube- Stories” which is funded by the European Commission for a time period between August 2011 and July 2013 and in which learning groups from seven Danube countries (Germany; Austria; Hungary; Croatia; Romania; Bulgaria and Serbia as silent partner) are participating.

The exhibition opened during the European symposium of the ZAWiW “Active Ageing and intergenerational learning” within the framework of the International Danube Festival in Ulm/ Neu-Ulm in July 2012 and moves in the time period September 2012 to June 2013 along the Danube till Ruse. The exhibition is supposed to reach larger audience through public events at different locations along the river Danube (Ulm, Wilhering/Linz, Vienna, Budapest, Belgrad, Vukovar, Timisoara, and Ruse).

The project is financed by the Baden-Württemberg Stiftung.

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2011 Danube Stories (DASTO) – European Learningpartnership along the Danube

The Grundtvig Learning Partnership Danube Stories (August 2011 – July 2013) focuses on the development and application of innovative approaches to oral history work with older people (55+) in the Danube Region. These approaches should encourage creative expression of thoughts and feelings in subject areas that have to do with the participants‘ living environment, history and cultural identity. They should provide people of different nationalities, education backgrounds, gender, with opportunities as well as tools for documenting and communicating their memories and experiences and make these available to others.

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2010 Danube Networkers – Neighbours at Work (DANET)

Through new forms of activating lifelong learning the project aims at empowering older citizens for participation in the development of the Danube Region so that they understand the chances and the risks in the current developments, articulate their interests and define together the possibilities for action and for future perspectives of their Region.

Actions include education via lectures on selected subjects that concern the future of the Danube Region, subsequent discussion of these subjects in national face-to face and virtual citizens’ panels, and a transnational face-to-face citizen’s panel in Croatia in june 2011. The project will be closed in november by a seminar and conference meeting with European Parlamentariens in Strasbourg.

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2010 Danube Seniors’ Universities (Dasun)

In this project, following the analysis and discussion of good practices of academically-oriented continuing education for older adults, concepts for education programs in own national and institutional contexts and situations will be developed and tested by the partners at Universities and NGOs in Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia.

The education programs in the area of politics, social and cultural studies should foster understanding of political themes and social transformation in the context of the Danube Strategy of the European Commission, strengthen preparedness for political and social cooperation and participation and encourage older people to commit themselves to others and to society in their own region and in Europe.

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2010 European Women In Older Age (EWA)

In today’s society it is no longer unusual for women to become over 80 years old. These women look back on long periods of dedication to professional and domestic activities. What do we know about women aged 70+ that shape their lives with outstanding courage and social engagement? Which decisive turning-points and challenges like illness, loss of partners or children financial constraints did they have to master? Which professional, social and other activities did they take up and how do they perceive their aging? These questions will be asked by groups of women 50+, reflecting at the same time on their own life experiences.

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2010 Senior-Volunteer-Exchange alongside the Danube (SVP)

In the framework of the Grundtvig-Program “Senior Volunteering Project” (SVP)  an first exchange along the Danube  is realised through the co-operation of ZAWiW/ViLE e.V. and the University of the Third Age  at the University Bratislava, in which four senior volunteers are spending three weeks in the partner country in order to participate in voluntary initiative.

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2008 Danube Networkers (DN)

The goal of the learning partnership „Danube Networkers“ was to create through joint activities of older adults from the neighbouring states along the river Danube an intercultural network of older adults and to make them into networkers in the way of the European idea. The learning partnership made civil participation and determination processes possible, it opened them to this target group. The partnership acted in a parallel way to the contacts created in the area of economy and culture (Danube offices) along the Danube and provided foundations for a larger European „Danube Networkers“ project. In the sense of activating seniors’education, seniors’groups developed in the participating organisations worked together on jointly selected themes about the river Danube.

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2008 Project introduction „Home country – Danube country“

From the 7th to the 12th of July 2008, in the context of the International Danube Festival Ulm, a seminar with the title „Home country – Danube country“ took place in which seniors from the various countries along the Danube had met for the first time. The seminar had been organised by the „Zentrum für Allgemeine Wissenschaftliche Weiterbildung (ZAWiW) der Universität Ulm“ and the seniors‘ working group Europakontakte at ZAWiW in cooperation with the Association ViLE e.V. and other cooperation partners.

The goal of the seminar was to develop basis for a long-term thematic cooperation between seniors‘ groups along the Danube in the way of a social network. Each delegation consisted of one person in charge in adult education and three seniors with facilitator functions.

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