The project goal of the Erasmus+ project "Follow the story - applied storytelling as a motivation and encouraging strategy in adult education - APSTELL" was to introduce storytelling as an effective tool for increasing motivation and also the effectiveness of educational activities for adults, especially low-qualified from rural regions. The main project output is the manual for adult educators and rural activists.
The Partnership consists of three organisations operating in diverse rural regions:
- The Addenda Foundation - the project coordinator
and two partners:
- The Rural Partnership Selija Association from Latvia, with the main goals to promote local initiatives on the territory of five rural municipalities in the south-eastern part of Latvia, and to encourage rural inhabitants for getting involved in improving the quality of their life with the help of the financial support of the EU programs,
- The Civic Association Traditional Folk Art and Crafts from Slovakia, with the main goals to protect, maintain and promote traditional folk art and crafts, by organising educational and cultural events, including yearly international festivals „Folk arts crafts“ in (increasing!) number of towns and villages in south Slovakia.
During the project, we organised four transnational project meetings: in Poland, in Latvia, in Slovakia and the final one in Poland again. We performed a number of preparatory and research activities on storytelling, we developed and tested (during out pilot activities held parallel in each country) some of our ideas, and finally, we drew up the manual in English and we translated it into national languages. A very important part of the project were multiplier dissemination events organized, on the local level, in each country and the final common international conference in Krakow.
We wrote “The project story”, describing the project progress in the storytelling convention, with fantasy elements, hoping that it is emotional, involving and engaging aspects, that are so typical of storytelling, will make it an unusual dissemination means.
On the way of our manual development, we did common research on rural learners problems in life-long education and on the issue of their motivation. We collected interesting materials on storytelling in our countries and in Europe and some examples of traditional national elements we can use in stories. Our pilot activities provided us with valuable experience and observations which have been described in the manual.
We carefully thought over storytelling and its elements from various perspectives, to find out what makes storytelling so powerful and how to make use of it in adult education and in motivational strategies.
The project results and findings are included in the manual, which comprises theoretical and practical material together with some exemplary resources and information about Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe. After the project completion, there will be also additional materials available.
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Association "Rural Partnership „Sēlija”"