WHOLE – Work and Home in Our Life in Europe ascii version


DP Managing organisation : Tartu Folk High School ( Tartu Rahvaülikool)
Other national partners : GEOMEDIA - Consulting anf Training Centre
EQUAL theme :Equal opportunities - Reconciling family and professional life 
Type of DP :Sectoral - Services 
DP Legal status :Other 
DP identification :EE-10 
Application phase :Approved for action 2 
Selection date :01-07-2005 
Last update :04-01-2006 


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Although in Estonia women and men are both active in work, domestic work and taking care of family members is still the task on women. The international research of time management shows that the work day of women in Estonia together with domestic work is about 10, 5 hours long, while the work day of men lasts only 9 hours.
Women have vastly less free time then men through the whole life circle, irrespective of the type of family or age. The less free time have working women who raise underage children at home.

Although mostly the connecting of work and family life is usually described to be the private matter of the worker or the matter inside the family, these are problems that need expanding upon. The solutions to connecting the work and family life must be looked for in three levels:
1. State- and local governments – law – organizing the daily care of children and oldster, supervising younger schoolchildren and also hobby courses, opening times of services.
2. Organizational level – everything that has something to do with concrete work or organization – e.g. form of labour contract, work time and recreation, possibility to take free days if needed and to work temporarily at home.
3. Family – dividing domestic duties and domestic works between family members

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The main objective of the project:
To develop the possibilities of workers with children through partnership to participate to the maximum in working process, avoiding their getting into discriminated target group because they are parents.
The sub-objectives of the project are: :
1. To develop the knowledge and skills of parents through cultural training and to expand their world view to improve the connection between their work and family life.
2. To test new methods for offering new possibilities to normalize the family life of working parents.
3. To disclose the generic and family roles and to increase the importance of fathers-men in family life.
4. To change the attitudes of the general public and employers about the possible positive integration of family life and work through informing them.

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Nature of the experimental activities to be implemented Rating
Guidance, counselling ****
Training ****
Training on work place ****
Work placement ****
Job rotation and job sharing ****
Employment aids (+ for self-employment) ****
Integrated measures (pathway to integration) ****
Training of teachers, trainers and staff ****
Improvement of employment services, Recruitment structures ****
Conception for training programs, certification ****
Awareness raising, information, publicity ****
Studies and analysis of discrimination features ****

Type of innovation Rating
Process-oriented ***
Goal-oriented ***

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Innovative actions:
- Working out new curriculums (3 curriculums)
- Pilot trainings of new curriculums (3 pilot trainings)
- Working out new study materials (3 study materials)
The main innovative objective of the project is to develop new methods in training of working parents through cultural action, for improving their more effective cope with the connecting of family and work life. For fulfilling the main goal there are number of contributory actions in the project that have never been used as a whole set in Estonia.
Through the pilot trainings of innovative curriculums for the target groups of the project new knowledge and experiences are acquired. Besides the training, personal counseling and tutoring for connecting family life and work is also offered. For successful training there are different extra-methods roped in to support the participants:
- Training in job rotation
- Developing part time work practices
- Developing child care services during the training
- Training about enterprising

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Budget Action 2

250 000 – 500 000 €

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Assistance to structures and systems and accompanying measures Rating
Gender discrimination ***
Age **
Low qualification ***
Unemployment ***

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 With beneficiaries

Promoting individual empowerment
Participation in the project design
Participation in running and evaluating activities
Changing attitudes and behavior of key actors

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Ways to include the target groups:
• Furthering the active participation of individuals:
Different possibilities are offered to the participators for additive training, making choices connected with work and family for increasing their motivation; develop their self-courage and self-belief.
The concrete actions during this project are:
- support for improving the life quality (counseling in addition to training, practical courses etc);
- support for better connecting of work and family life (counseling and training for developing communicative skills, teamwork, being better parent etc);
- development of personality (courses and trainings, that have practical output in development of self-courage, motivation, identity, organizing skills, independence and initiative);
- realistic and concrete output of participants for taking part in working out the project actions and follow-up projects, taking these into action and analyzing; they take part in organizing the child care and in developing the child care service in their area).

• Taking part in shaping the project actions:
- target groups are involved to the working out and shaping the actions as persons who know the realistic problems and situations the best. This helps to develop „ownership“ in them and increases their responsibility about to the results of the project.

• Participating in fulfilling the actions and analyzing:
- Target groups that participate in project are roped in fulfilling the actions mostly through active training methods that consists of active participation in training process and through practical output.
- Participators make researches and also a questionnaire about the training methods and the evaluation of the services worked out under the supervising of specialists.


 Between national partners

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During the project a steering committee is established to coordinate the cooperation – each country’s leader board names their representative on the coequal basis. The steering committee supervises the project in international level, collects information about the project’s actions and coordinates actions between partners.

In each country’s project there is own national leader board that coordinates the work of the project partners in their country, also steers and exchanges information.
The tasks of leader board in national level:
- Fixing the action plan and the budget,
- Fixing the project team,
- Exchanging information between project partners and society’s stakeholders,
- Fixing the mid-term and final reports of the project,
- Fixing the budget requests,
- Counseling the executive team of the project,
- Exchanging the information between the national partners and the steering committee.

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 Linguistic skills

  • English
  • suomi
  • svenska
  • Deutsch

 Percentage of the budget for transnational activities

  • 11.0%

 Transnational Co-operation Partnerships

Transnational Co-operation Agreement DPs involved
4527 Debora: Dp for Equal opportunities in laBOuR mArket ES ES20040374
IT IT-S2-MDL-280
PT 2004-308

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 Involvment in previous EU programmes

  • Nobody involved in A&E

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National Partners

Partner To be contacted for
Tartu Folk High School ( Tartu Rahvaülikool) Co-ordination of experimental activities
Design of the project
DP managing organisation
Monitoring, data collection
Transnational partnership
GEOMEDIA - Consulting anf Training Centre

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Agreement Summary

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The main aim of international co-operation is to exchange experiences and learn from the best practices of other EU countries where social enterprises are common. Foreign experts will be involved in all the activities of the project.

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Tartu Folk High School ( Tartu Rahvaülikool)

Pepleri 4

Tel:+372 7361 543

Responsibility in the DP: Co-ordination of experimental activities
Design of the project
DP managing organisation
Monitoring, data collection
Transnational partnership
Type of organisation:University / Research organisation
Legal status:Union, Confederation...
Size:Staff 50-250
NUTS code:
Date of joining / leaving:15-01-2005 /

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Tartu Folk High School Training Centre offers training courses for adults. School is open for everyone who wishes to develop his/her talent, refresh one’s knowledge or learn something new in order to cope with life. In addition to training School organize cultural events, exhibitions and concerts.

Tartu Folk High School is a member of Estonian Popular Educational Union, Estonian Adult Trainers Association ANDRAS and Open Education Association. Tartu Folk High School has taken part and is participating in many international co-operation projects.

Contact person(s)

Name First name Phone E-mail Responsibility
Nobel Ene +372 7361 543 ene@rahvaylikool overall coordination of DP

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GEOMEDIA - Consulting anf Training Centre

Rüütli 4

Tel:+3727 441 675

Responsibility in the DP:
Type of organisation:Other
Legal status:Private
Size:Staff < 10
NUTS code:
Date of joining / leaving:15-01-2005 /

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Geomedia was established in 1998 as a privately owned company. Creativity, devotion and target orientation supported by team spirit and the positive attitude to life are the key words characterising us all. In our work we are seeking win-win solutions.

We have won the reputation of a reliable partner cooperating with the Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Environmental Investment Centre, the City Government of Tartu, the University of Tartu, the Tartu Science Park, the City Government of Valga, the Government of the Viimsi Rural Municipality, ENTEC Ldt, Hendricson & Co, Praxis, the Vapramäe-Vellavere-Vitipalu, Tartu Waterworks Ltd, SPA Hotel Sõprus etc. Besides the cooperation with partners in Estonia, we have conducted joint projects with different institutions in Lithuania, Latvia, Great Britain, Germany Finland, Denmark and Sweden.

Contact person(s)

Name First name Phone E-mail Responsibility
Nüürkõiv Krista +3727 441 675 strategy of activities, evaluation

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