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PAST-TIMES PROJECT NEWS

WELCOME TO THE FIRST NEWS POST OF THE „PAST-TIMES” PROJECT!

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We will be happy to tell you about:

  • The idea behind the project
  • The members of our consortium
  • The first Transnational Project Meeting

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GET TO KNOW THEIR STORY – THE IDEA BEHIND THE PROJECT

The task of integrating host and migrant communities has never been an easy one. Migrants trying to find a better life in the foreign country often encounter different kinds of barriers. The first one concerns the labour market. Of course it is possible for them to find a job (even if a badly paid one) or live on financial support if they cannot find one. It’s getting way harder if they want to work in field they specialized in due to insufficient language skills and lacking contacts in their new home.

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These and more barriers are a common problem when it comes to migrants adapting to their new reality. They need more time to adjust and a different, complex and more patient approach which they could find in contacts with senior citizens in society. The PAST-TIMES PROJECT helps young migrants to meet seniors from their host country and to develop an appreciation of their own heritage and of the cultural heritage of their host country in Europe. We aim to develop awareness of the cultural heritage and values of Europe by letting them work with senior citizens in their host country to record and document the oral history of Europe’s older generations.

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Developing an understanding and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage among its migrant population is the key innovation of the PAST-TIMES project. Our goal is to compare the best examples of practices around Europe and to find solutions for a new course utilizing new resources to become a useful tool for people to guide and help them make this happen all over Europe. We will start by training the trainers – people who work with senior citizens and people who work with migrants – so they can pass it on to the regional groups.

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ABOUT THE PROJECT

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WHAT DO WE WANT TO ACHIEVE?

The partnership project “Past-times Stories, Tales and Customs to Raise Intercultural Awareness” is implemented within the framework of the Erasmus+ Adult Education programme. The subject of the project is to train a cohort of migrants to work with senior citizens in their host country to record and document the oral history of Europe’s older generations and to develop an understanding and appreciation of Europe’s cultural heritage. The target group of the project are adults (in particular aged 50+), young migrants and people working with these groups.

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What distinguishes the PAST-TIMES project is that our proposed model to be piloted represents a genuine bottom-up approach to migrant integration, while also having the added value of preserving the rich cultural heritage of Europe.

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THE PARTNERSHIP

The project is developed by eight partners from eight different EU countries:

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  • E-SENIORS (France)
  • MEDITER (Belgium)
  • University of Seville (Spain)
  • AEVA (Portugal)
  • Future in Perspective Ltd (Ireland)
  • Innoventum (Finland)
  • Jugend- und Kulturprojekt e.V.(Germany)
  • INNEO (Poland)

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The organizations have different sizes, characteristics and fields of specialization, which helps us to develop a very effective cooperation. The project meetings are scheduled on a regular basis to stay constantly involved in the project and focused on our goals.

 

1st TRANSNATIONAL PROJECT MEETING IN IRELAND

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MEETING IN VIRGINIA, IRELAND

The kick-off meeting took place within the framework of the project “Past-times Stories, Tales and Customs to Raise Intercultural Awareness” in Virginia (Ireland) on 11th and 12th of September 2018. The meeting was hosted by Future in Perspective, our Irish project partner.

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The meeting started with the welcoming and presentation of the partners. All partners presented their organisations. The coordinator presented the project development plan including deadlines of tasks and the division of work between the partners. The partners discussed all the upcoming activities. On the second day, the partners continued the discussion about the shape of the future outputs. They summarized the meeting and the Irish partner issued certificates to the participants.

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COMING NEXT…

During the next months we are going to:

  • Continue working on the bespoke media production training programme for young migrants
  • Continue working on the oral history appreciation training programme for senior citizens to support them in elaborating a common peoples’ history of Europe in the 20th Century
  • Meet again in Paris, France, in April 2019 in order to discuss the next steps of the project

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WHERE CAN YOU FIND US?

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Visit our website:

www.past-times.eu

and join our Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/past.times.eu/

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