In last June, the first kick-off meeting took place in Vilnius, Lithuania in a new Nordplus project. The new project name is “Education of Older Adults: Comparing Baltic and Nordic Frameworks”, with the working title OLDER.
Coordination institute is Medardas Cobotas Third Age University (MCTAU) in Lithuania. Other partners are Latvian Adult Education Association in Latvia, Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society in Denmark and the Adult education at the Agricultural University of Iceland.
In many European countries, education of adults in many ways take precedence over education of older adults. This is especially evident in national and European programmes prioritizing attempts to improve Eurostat’s Lifelong learning statistics, only taking 25-64-year-olds into account.
Even though the choice of this particular age group has a sophisticated economical reasoning behind it, associated with the demands of the common market, at the same time it marginalizes older adults by pushing their needs away from the public debate on planning of overarching education policies. Baltic states, still undergoing a post-communist transition and searching for an appropriate education policy framework, are definitely cases in point.
In the light of these issues, the goal of the project is to prepare a research study, comparing coordination and financing frameworks of older adult education in selected Baltic and Nordic countries and formulate country-tailored recommendations for policy-makers. Building on peer-to-peer exchange and material gathered during study trips to partner countries, the project will focus on four-different levels: organizational (how is the quality of older adult education programmes assured?), municipal (how do municipal governments coordinate and finance older adult education?), national (which national bodies are responsible for development and implementation of relevant legislation?) and European (how do European structural and other external funds contribute to development of older adult education?). Research study will be produced in English and also available in languages of partner organisations. In the long-term, it will serve as an advocacy tool and help partners to engage policy-makers and push for more inclusive and effective older adult education in their countries.
Since we left the meeting in Vilnius in June, the group has been working and finalizing our communication and visibility plan, as well as preparing our first study visit to Lithuania and Latvia at the end of October 2019. The period for the project is from June 2019 till December 2020.
Main contact person for the project is: Žilvinas Švedkauskas at MCTAU, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org