Strategic Partnership for Older People’s Inclusion into the Digital World - SPIDW

We are very pleased that the National Agency has approved our partners and our requested grant for the project "Strategic Partnership for Older People's Inclusion into the Digital World".


SPIDW is a project for Exchange of Good Practice in the field of adult education. Priorities of the project are allocated in extending and developing educators' competences, open education and innovative practices in a digital era and social inclusion.

The main ojectives of the project are:

- to enable organizations to develop and strengthen their capacity to increase the ability to work internationally by sharing ideas, methods and good practices and implement successful activities with older people at local, national and international level; - to improve capacity of experts working with retired in digital field; - social inclusion

Digital skills older people obtain for communication create a better quality of life.

Methodology: Trainers, experts, teachers, social workers who work with older people will be trained how to use effective good practices. They will participate in 3 training activities: in Germany, Slovenia and Portugal for improving ICT skill and learning new methods as well as a lot of techniques how seniors to have better access to apps, new skills for jobs, how to be better integrated in society and to send their digital messages to their grandchildren also to the world using favorite arts tools as cinema making (production of shorts films, documentary - biographic interviews, Web TV with video resources, distant learning, etc.).

Coordinator: EureCons Förderagentur GmbH – Germany.

Partners: Aidlearn, Consultoria em Recursos Humanos Lda. – Portugal; PRO-MED sp. z o. o. – Poland; Slovenian Third Age University – Slovenia; Balkanska Agenciya za Ustoychivo Razvitie – Bulgaria; Spolupracou pre lepsiu buducnost - Velky Meder – Slovakia; Association for Intercultural Dialogue – Romania.

Results: Website, Facebook page, E-brochure with good practices, local film events.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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1st Transnational Project Meeting - SPIDW

From the 17th to 18th of December the project partners from the project Strategic Partnership for Older's People Inclusion into the Digital World had their 1st Transnational Project Meeting in Augsburg. They were guests in our office in the Volkhartstraße in Augsburg.

During the Kick-off Meeting main themes like the project goals, methodology and time schedule were discussed. The joint roadmap for the project has been agreed by the partners. A good project start was thus successful.

In addition, as part of the project meeting, a visit to the Augsburg City Hall was due to the invitation of the Member of Parliament Andreas Jäckel.

Activity C1 - Short-term jopint staff training

From the 23rd to the 26th of February 16 persons of the project "Strategic Partnership for Older's People Inclusion into the Digital World" participated in the first short-term joint staff training. The event took place at our office, including visits at the Arbeitsagentur Augsburg and at the Volkshochschule Augsburg.


During the three-day training in Augsburg, the focus was on the exchange of good practice. The primary aim was to enable the participants to gain a deeper understanding of the different (non-formal) methods of the partner institutions. The theoretical basis was provided by lectures, followed by practical demonstrations.

Another part of the event were study visits at the Arbeitsagentur and the Volkshochschule Augsburg.

Thanks to these visits, the participants of the project were able to get an idea of German adult education. In particular, the topics of qualification of workers in the age of industry 4.0 and the computer skills required for everyday life were in the foreground. Here, insights and experiences could be exchanged, which are important for the further course of the project.

2nd TPM in Sofia, Bulgaria

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Belgrade, 21th-24th January 2020


Over ten years the Association Danube networkers for Europe, DANET has carried out numerous international events with massive participation of older and younger people along the Danube and has been spurring the establishment of new social practices, new third age universities, while intensifying interconnectivity of organisations, regions, etc. In addition, DANET has been awarded several European awards for its contribution to the strengthening of civil society in the Danube region. Field of activities? Social participation of older people, education of older people, dialogue of generations for social solidarity, research of education in later life, creation of new social practices, devising and hosting international conferences, etc. Initially meant to support the Danube Strategy focusing primarily on energy, environment, etc. but leaving social development and civil society aside, DANET and its members -Slovenian Third Age University is its founding member- have been supportive of social development in the region, bringing together traditional and new organizations as well as professionals dealing with the older people’s issues. DANET offers a learning platform to those who are interested in its field of activities. In this meeting those who were present rather appreciated the endeavours of SPIDW and the Method of City games,. And Belgrade? The city is changing, but it still has its distinctive flair and culture embodied by the programme of the National Theatre, concerts, bookstores, some traditional restaurants, etc., where the typical traditional townspeople’s respectful spirit is present resisting the new American/global values of consumerism, profit making, as well as the phenomena of social polarisation and a “political” scene full of hidden or overt contradictory interests.

Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Slovenian Third Age University, www.utzo.si




The Department of Pedagogy and Andragogy within Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana is offering a new master study programme in older adult education. Nives Ličen, once a student volunteer supporting the establishment of Slovenian U3A has proposed and co-developed this new study programme premised upon the tenets of a number of disciplines and study fields.; sociology, psychology, geography (local communities), geragogy, studies in education of older adults, cultural studies etc. Students are also presented with the endeavours made in EU projects- among which SPIDW- and the field of methods (BBE) as well as visual literacy of older people (CINAGE and RefugeesIn). A lot of research work is being done by the students in co-operation with Slovenian Third Age University particularly as concerns socially engaged education of older students, their expansive / exploratory learning/ creating new social practices, etc. The programme is the first of its kind in this part of Europe.




January, 2020


The BBE partnership (Slovenian Third Age University was a member of the partnership) created a tool box of methods used in EU projects. Have a try, you might get inspired.


Activity C2 - Short-term joint staff training (Ljubljana, Slovenia)

The second short-term joint staff training event took place in Ljubljana in September 2019 (25th-27th).

During our second Training Activity the participants were able to learn and develop their digital competences and skills for film making. As a result of the first training event and the second one, the staff members of the partner organization can now use their gained knowledge and competences to improve social inclusion of older people in the digital world.

The workshop provides the necessary skills to spread the non-formal methods learned and to apply them practically. Every partner organization will share the knowledge with interested persons and involved stakeholders. 

3rd Transnational Project Meeting in Veľký Meder (Slovakia)

The 3rd SPIDW Transnational Project Meeting took place in Veľký Meder, Slovakia, on the 14th and 15th January 2020.

The main objective of the partner meeting was the evaluation of the partnership's activities, presentation of the realized activities and short films featuring older people. Partners approved the final structure of the electronic brochure, which will include information on the SPIDW project, partners' statements on the importance of digital inclusion of older people, as well as threats older people may face if the digital divide widens.

The electronic brochure will give an overview of the best practices that have been the subject of the project training activities for the staff such as Biographic narrative methods used with older people, project SILVER and the City Games method, visual literacy in older people´s education and filmmaking making to support the digital literacy of older people. During the partnership meeting were presented activities in partner countries. The Slovak partner prepared a video on the Slovak Union of Pensioners, which plays an important role in the area of the older people rights protection.

Partners positively evaluated the meeting and at the same time they agreed on the tasks for the following project period.