Lifelong learning has become essential in fast growing society and lots of colleges and universities has recognized it as valid in addition to degree attainment. There are many educational institutions that see the importance of lifelong learning and has started to improve it. More and more we are paying attention to adult and senior learning because this target group plays major role in the lifelong learning. There are not many institutions which are dealing with the topic consistently and not to mention systemically.
We see the major need to offer more quality opportunities to adults learning and learning across generations to guarantee sustainable and life-long learning, strong and knowledge-based society. Adults have many responsibilities that they must balance against the demands of learning. Because of these responsibilities, adults have barriers and challenges against participating in learning and continuing their education. Another important aspect is lack of motivation - learning opportunities should be attractive and engaging.
As museums are core associations offering different solutions to learn in informal and non-formal way and they have great experience on educational programmes for children, then we see that it is essential to improve the field of adults learning more further.
Based on the issue three museums from Estonia, Slovakia and Hungary have taken it up and started to improve adult and senior learning opportunities in museums. To develop new sustainable programmes for adults Pärnu Museum, Slovak National Museum and Hungary National Museum have started new collaboration to change knowledge and develop new programmes for the core target group in 2017.
The collaboration and activities are funded by the European Union under the programme Erasmus+.
According to the aims of the project, then it is essential to raise variety of adult learning opportunities and learning across generations, but to do that it is essential to educate museums' staff/educators to start developing sustainable, attractive and innovative methods for learning opportunities. To achieve all previously named objectives, three museums will organize 3 transnational meetings to share previous experiences, ideas; learn to understand adult learning wider and develop new innovative and sustainable ideas, strategies to improve adult learning & learning across generations opportunities.
The first meeting was held in Slovakia in December 2017, the next one will be in Hungary in February 2018 and the last one in Estonia in May 2018.
More information about the project: http://www.parnumuuseum.ee/parnu-muuseum/muuseumist/projektid