ESCAPE: Enhancing Seniors' Competencies for Active Participation in Europe
Summary of the project
"ESCAPE: Enhancing Seniors' Competencies for Active Participation in Europe" is a 24 months project, involving 3 different organizations:
1) FPD - Fattoria Pugliese Diffusa Associazione Culturale – the project coordinator (Italy)
2) E-Seniors Association (France)
3) UCLM – Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha (Spain)
It is important to give senior citizens a chance to have their say at local but also at EU level, especially to those facing economic and geographical obstacles. Their experience would help Europe in becoming closer to the needs of its citizens. How to do so? The best way is to use the existing European Participatory Democratic Tools (EU Elections, Citizens' Initiatives, Citizens' Dialogue, Petitions, etc.) and to propose new ones. This requires a certain knowledge of the use of the ICTs.
How to help these seniors in taking actively part to the construction of the Future of Europe? The answer is a new Methodological Approach, where adult education, ICTs and Active Participation merge in one unique Educational output to promote e-participation in European citizenship of seniors aged 50+: the ESCAPE E-Book. This tool will be available in the ESCAPE website, on adult education resources portals and on Social Media. In this way, every interested organization will be able to use it, adapt it and bring benefits to its senior learners and, since they will become "digital" active citizens in EU, to the European Union itself.
The project involves 2 main target groups:
The 1st target group of the project will mainly be represented by the staff members from the partner organizations working in adult education, digital education or European Citizenship education. The staff of each organization is mainly composed of teachers, animators and educators with specific expertise. 18 of them will attend specific trainings in the 3 different countries of the consortium.
The 2nd target group is composed of 75 senior learners aged 50+ (25 per organization), who will attend the educational workshops organized by the staff members.