The project “Living Intangible Culture” (In-Cult) seeks to build bridges between adult education organizations and learners from (South-) east (Bulgaria, Romania, and Serbia) and (South-) west (Germany, Spain, Italy) of Europe through the uniting power of the shared European intangible cultural heritage.
The project aims include:
raising awareness of the importance of European cultural heritage and spreading knowledge about its diversity through participatory development and dissemination the educational online game In-Cult.
helping adult educators extend their competences, teaching methods and tools, by offering them a multilingual and a universal learning tool for their teaching and a set of innovative activating methods, useful materials and learner/staff qualification guidance, that can be applied in blended learning process.
fostering non-formal lifelong learning by helping project participants acquire new skills in blended learning and empower them through the participatory approach by using their competences.
Within the project, participating organizations, guided by the project leader (Institute ILEU from Germany) develop, test and disseminate the educational interactive online game In-Cult (“Living Intangible Culture”) in 7 languages - English, German, Italian, Bulgarian, Romanian, Spanish and Serbian. People of all ages, especially seniors and intergenerational groups can use the results of the project.
Throughout of the project, partner organizations supported by their senior learning groups have collected and defined “intangible cultural treasures" of their countries and further integrated them into In-Cult game. These learning groups of adult/senior learners were established in every partner country to work locally and exchange internationally by video conferencing and other means.
The learning groups took part in all project activities prior to the technical development of the educational game In-Cult: they supported the participating organizations on developing a questionnaire for a small-scale survey on intangible cultural treasures, took an active part in carrying out interviews on intangible cultural treasures with people who contribute to their preservation and participated in the final selection of intangible cultural treasures for the game. The activities with the working groups were based on participatory intercultural approach and innovative activating methods of blended discovery learning of adults. The result is that the participants of the project, educators as well as learners, acquired new practical skills, esp. in new media and ICT (information and communications technology). Through international encounter, that fostered their critical thinking, they are now able to combat possible stereotypes about their European neighbors. The project helps its partner institutions exchange experience and in the long term strengthen the bonds between their countries and organizations.
An even more important result is that all of the direct and indirect project participants and target groups gained awareness of the diversity of Europe’s intangible cultural heritage and acquired new knowledge in this field. Connecting through their shared intangible culture, European neighbors from East and West feel united, which contributes to the European future in peace and mutual respect.
Cultural treasures were identified through the survey.
As (intangible) cultural heritage holds great educational capacity to teach about past and present of societies, survey was conducted with the aim to map diversity of cultural expressions in different European countries. Conducting a survey fitted the goal to identify living cultural treasures that are widely (on national scales) recognized as representatives of intangible cultural heritage. Given the geographic and demographic differences between countries, as well as time frame and the complexity of other project’s activities, survey was conceptualized as pilot, i.e., it is conducted on a small random sample.
Questionnaire for the survey was created according to the Guidelines for implementation of UNESCO 2003 Convention on Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, as well as good practice examples available at UNESCO website section on implementation of this Convention.
In methodological terms, it combined quantitative and qualitative research techniques. As the survey is primarily quantitative technique, questions were formulated to enable measuring in terms of frequencies of occurrence given the basic demographic and mentioning specific cultural treasures in local, regional, national and international terms. Qualitative technique implied explications and detailed information on issues such are descriptions of cultural treasures and opinions on how to ensure safeguarding.
Read Small-scale survey: Overall interpretation of results (in English).
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The Permanent University of the University of Alicante (UPUA)
The Permanent University of the University of Alicante (UPUA) is a programme with social, scientific, and cultural objectives that fosters to facilitate older adults' personal and social development. The programme responds to the needs of senior citizens by fighting for the compensation of inequalities, the promotion of intra and intergenerational relations and the pursuit of new opportunities for a long healthy, active, and meaningful ageing.
University of Ruse "Angel Kanchev"
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-coordinates and links their initiatives through extensive information on their operation; mutual meetings and exchanges;
-stimulates the study of the ""elderly” condition and the socio-cultural awareness of the territory for an increasingly fruitful intergenerational dialogue;
-organizes cultural, artistic or recreational activities of social interest;
-engages in activities, including publishing, to promote and disseminate the culture of the third age;
-establishes networks and collaborative relationships with other associations, organizations and institutes, having the same purposes, promoting common initiatives.