DANET, DANUBE NETWORKERS FOR EUROPE HAVE RECENTLY MET IN BELGRADE
Belgrade, 21th-24th January 2020
The event in Belgrade was hosted by its member Center for Studies In Cultural Development. Over ten years DANET has carried out numerous international events with massive participation of older and younger people along the Danube and has been spurring the establishment of new social practices, new third age universities, while intensifying interconnectivity of organisations, regions, etc. In addition, DANET has been awarded several European awards for its contribution to the strengthening of civil society in the Danube region.
Field of activities?
Social participation of older people, education of older people, dialogue of generations for social solidarity, research of education in later life, creation of new social practices, devising and hosting international conferences, etc. Initially meant to support the Danube Strategy focusing primarily on energy, environment, etc. but leaving social development and civil society aside, DANET and its members - Slovenian Third Age University is its founding member - have been supportive of social development in the region, bringing together traditional and new organizations as well as professionals dealing with the older people’s issues. DANET offers a learning platform to those who are interested in its field of activities.
The city is changing, but it still has its distinctive flair and culture embodied by the programme of the National Theatre, concerts, bookstores, some traditional restaurants, etc., where the typical traditional townspeople’s respectful spirit is present resisting the new American/global values of consumerism, profit making, as well as the phenomena of social polarisation and a “political” scene full of hidden or overt contradictory interests.
Dr. Dušana Findeisen is a teacher of English and French language and literature and andragogue. On her own or jointly with her colleagues she introduced a fair number of innovations in theory and practice in the field of adult education: socio-cultural animation and education for local development, older adult education, Slovenian Third Age University, Summer School for Adult Educators. She contributed to the development of study circles in Slovenia, she co-funded the journal Andragogic Perspectives and is on its editorial board. For five years she was an Age Platform Europe expert in the field of employment and education of older people, and an external expert of the European Commission in this field. So far she has coordinated and delivered about twenty-five transnational projects. She is currently the Head of the Institute for Research and Development of Education at Slovenian Third Age University. She is vice-president of DANET, Danube Networkers for Europe. She publiahed 5 monographs and several hundred articles. Research areas: community education, older adult education, dyslexia in adults, diversity in companies, but also burn out at work, identity at work, migrations and migrants, integrated counselling for older adults, film education in adult education, pre-reitrement education, socially engaged education of older workers, digital inclusion versus digital exclusion, functional illiteracy, etc. So far she has published 5 monographs and hundreds of articles.