Good Practice Label
In 2016 the RSRC project has received a Good Practice label (Erasmus+).
RAISING STRONG AND RESILIENT COMMUNITIES (Erasmus+)
Background and setting
Economic and social times are changing, globally and in Europe. Communities are in transition, and not only through migration. Citizens are obliged to become more self-sufficient. These are changes and challenges not easily accepted and dealt with.
Successful initiatives depend on factors such as trust, sharing emotions, recognising and accepting differences. If cohesion and progress are the objectives, then storytelling delivers the tools and also creates engagement and compassion. Stories of shared values, shared plans and more equality provide the best examples for all that. The most successful narrative expressing this is democracy where everyone has a voice and a choice.
Objectives and outputs
In the Erasmus+ project ‘Raising Strong and Resilient Communities’ the consortium strived to develop a set of educational tools that can be used in adult education (with a focus on non-formal adult education) focusing on active citizenship and participation. These tools are based on existing and the further expansion of developed approaches, theories and methods of storytelling.
The outputs are a teacher/ trainer manual, structured courses for adult educators, and a collection of videos/ audio recordings to showcase best practices and function as instruction videos.
The tools have been developed around the development of competences of cooperation and communication in differing communities, between various ‘divides’, such as intergenerational, inter-cultural, etc in order for learners to actively engage in local community work.
The consortium’s primary target group are non-formal educators and educational organisations, who preferably have a local focus and are active in the field of strengthening local communities. These include social workers, volunteer organisations, non-formal trainers, street coaches, NGO’s, etc.
The consortium’s secondary target groups are the learners of these people and organisations, the local community citizens that can implement these tools in community work and present and futures activity plans they are or want to be involved in.
Aims and results
The innovative aspect of this project was that it aimed at training and facilitating community educators to work with concrete narrative methods (e.g. Participatory Narrative Inquiry, Participatory Learning in Action, Community & network Mapping), guidelines and courses to help communities coping with present AND imagined and feasible FUTURE situations.
On an individual basis that meant changing the attitude, the negative discourse of the individual and the lingering in (dominating) stories of the past.
The project’s outputs support planning a future for communities with concrete actions taken for future-proofing, inspired and carried by a community story that will lead to participation, collaboration, and in the end to a positive change.
The most important aspect of this project was that during the project the partners worked on concrete cases with nationally selected community workers / educators and their communities, and alongside tested our tools, developing effectively 'working' (and thus future-orientated) community stories.
That way the used methods, the manual and the courses might become education tools and a starting point for educators, volunteers and (social/street) workers in diverse communities.
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