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New project of intergenerational learning: GUTS

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It takes GUTS to learn, no matter how old you are: Generations Using Training for Social Inclusion in 2020


GUTS aims to increase social inclusion of younger and older generations. By using cultural learning and education and building on the strengths and competences of both generations, GUTS seeks to create solidarity and links between young and old.   

As this is not always easy, GUTS will create an intergenerational, co-creative cultural learning model and will formulate recommendations for socio-cultural workers, local and regional governments. These recommendations will be based on test cases, results from practical workshops and research.

The GUTS project will focus on developing, testing and implementing 10 innovative, intergenerational and co-creative cultural learning areas.


Whom and what?

Target groups of the project are older people who are over 75 years of age (the “oldest old”) / older women / older migrants and young adults. Policy makers and professionals will be involved as well.

The chosen learning areas will depend on the interest of the different participating organisations, target groups and the context of the participating countries. Basic principles of the GUTS co-creative cultural learning areas focus on older people and young adults:


1. Co – creating / Co – creation

The members of the chosen specific target groups set and achieve their own concrete targets, priorities and concepts wherever possible.

2. Intergenerational

People of all ages can learn together and from each other.

3. Cultural Approaches

GUTS will establish successful and sustainable working relationships with cultural organisations and protagonists in the field of ‘learning later in life’ in order to develop innovative models in creative settings. The learning areas that GUTS will develop, will make use of various ways of artistic expression and approaches.

4. Inclusion

The GUTS partnership organises activities in the co-creative learning areas across generations and cultures and aims at achieving inclusion and cohesion in our ageing societies.

5. Community orientation

GUTS will aim at implementing strategies for policy making on the level of education and training in a concrete local or regional context.

6. Prevention oriented

GUTS focusses on living - ‘salutogenese’ (e.g. to look for ways to stay healthy, to cope with unusual situations and by doing so becoming a stronger person) - and building social networks in the environment of the target groups.

7. Transdisciplinarity

Cooperation in the co-creative learning space bases itself upon the experiences and networks gained during the work of former learning partnerships. GUTS aims at further development of experiences with high future potential.

8. adInnovative

GUTS focusses on using innovative approaches, concepts, event formats and methodologies.


GUTS will be realised by:

Foundation Vughterstede (NL), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), bbb Büro für berufliche Bildungsplanung R. Klein & Partner GbR (Germany), University of Molise (IT), CESI Centre for Education, Counselling and Research (HR), University of Craiova (RO), CVO Antwerp (BE), Talakizglitibas biedriba (LV), Evangelisches Erwachsenenbildungswerk Nordrhein (DE)


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