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The FORAGE Project

The Forage Project (www.foragenetwork.eu) has been set up to communicate and share brilliant initiatives in Life Long learning across Europe.

Aim of the Forage Project

Forage aims to extend recognition of the value of learning for older people as a means of fostering inclusion, participation and intergenerational solidarity across European societies.

Background

Since the first European Year of Older People and Intergenerational Solidarity in 1993 there have been many pan European exchanges, projects, training events, seminars, programmes and networks concerned with learning in later life.  The numbers increased significantly with the Grundtvig programme proving impetus and funding for imaginative and innovative work across all of Europe.

The Challenge

There is now a rich tapestry of provision of education for older people across all of Europe, supported by a range of agencies, government departments, NGOs, and by older people themselves.

There is as yet no effective and on-going communication process to best share and learn from these experiences.  Networks, which tend to be thematic, have emerged but they do not always communicate outside their spheres of interest.

What The Forage network is set up to do

The Forage network will contribute to an international research and evidence base for later-life learning by increasing access to innovative and progressive ideas emanating from Europe.  We aim to optimise the value of work in this field through the creation of an accessible archive of past projects, relevant policy and research, statistical evidence and examples of best practice.

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Objectives of Project

•Production of reports, commentaries and discussion points on an interactive website or e-platform.

•Direct lobbying of policy makers through regular informed written communications.

•Annual conferences.

•Priority themes pursued through working groups, e.g. to address the modest amount of data across Europe of participation in learning by people over the age of 64.

•Recommendation reports that provide links between projects and promote collaboration and participation across disciplines, networks and partnerships such as technology, arts, heritage, employability, volunteering, health and social care.

•Development of a pan-European glossary of terms that are used across various disciplines relevant to later-life learning, to enhance European cooperation, knowledge exchange and expansion.

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List of Forage Project Partners:

  • Age Action Ireland - Dublin
  • University of Leicester - Leicester UK
  • Bia-net - Graz, Austria
  • Cyprus Adult Education Service- Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Finnish Adult Education Association- Helsinki, Finland
  • 50plus Hellas- Athens, Greece
  • Trebag Property & Management Ltd Budapest- Hungary
  • Lunaria- Rome, Italy
  • The Elephant Learning in Diversity Nijmegen-  Netherlands
  • PRO-MED - Gdansk, Poland
  • Aid-Learn- Lisbon, Portugal
  • IMB Domicilium - Brno, Czech Republic
  • Asociata EUROED - Bucharest, Romania
  • AEA - UK
  • MERIG (internal evaluation) - Graz, Austria
  • The Slovenian Third Age University Ljubljana -  Slovenia
  • University of Cordoba - Cordoba, Spain

Further Information

Find out more about this project by contacting Margaret Fitzpatrick.

Contact Details

Contact:Margaret Fitzpatrick

Age Action Ireland,
30 -31 Lower Camden Street,
Dublin 2
Phone: +353 (01) 475 6989
Email: u3a@ageaction.ie

Website: www.foragenetwork.eu