Adult education celebrates cultural heritage
Many organisations involved in adult education cater to the protection and sharing of our cultural heritage already, especially museums. By getting involved with Erasmus+, their efforts can be strengthened.
First, museums can apply for Key Action 1 (KA1) projects, so as to promote adult education staff mobility and enhance their professional development. The Cyprus Food and Nutrition Museum has, for instance, used the programme to send its staff abroad to acquire new knowledge and develop skills for managing successful educational/cultural events. Another example is the Sharing and Learning project – in which the St Fagans National History Museum in Wales worked with the Jamtli Foundation in Sweden. Both are open air museums. Over the course of 2 years, the project allowed staff to experience how a similar museum within Europe operates. In addition to sharing best practices, the project gave them the opportunity to consider how to incorporate learning into all elements of the museum's work.
Second, Erasmus+ funding can be used to develop educational activities for adults to raise awareness and help protect cultural heritage. The InHerit project is based on the concept of ‘Heritage-interpretation’, which draws cognitive and emotional relationships between the visitors and what they can discover in a particular place: a reserve, a historic site, a museum, etc. Together, the 9 partners from Belgium, Germany, Croatia, Italy, Poland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Sweden produced a training manual and a training course, along with many other resources, to develop competences in heritage interpretation.
Third, museums can also offer activities which help address adult learners’ needs or support their learning and personal development. To give an example, the Museums Art & Alzheimer’s project aims to facilitate access of people with dementia and their family to art and museums. The goal is to bridge the world of museums and art with the social and health sectors: with this integrated perspective, museum activities can help create a dementia-friendly society.
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