Social impact of 2023

School year has just finished, and this is the ideal moment to stop and look back, learn from a broader perspective, celebrate the achievements, and find new focus and inspiration to continue shaping the future.

EduVita 2023 started with a clear vision: expand our lifelong learning mission, promote adult and intergenerational education, participation, and cooperation, and continue innovating and improving the quality of adult education locally and beyond.

After a year of passionate commitment, achievements, initiatives, research, learnings, new experiences, training, and successful partnerships we are glad to share that we brought that vision to reality.

How? Let’s have a look back at EduVita’s social impact in 2023.

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2023

TOP 3 ACHIEVEMENTS OF 2023

LOCAL SOCIAL IMPACT

ENHANCING LIFELONG LEARNING IN LECCE

In 2023 we have created, designed, and organised in Lecce various learning opportunities for 50+ learners, including:

long-term language courses, digital skills workshops, European mobilities for adults, English conversation classes, environmental education activities, beach clean-up, interactive cultural heritage walkings, digital storytelling sessions, and intercultural and intergenerational events.

Thanks to this, the active participation of local adults and seniors is increasing and our community of lifelong learners in Lecce is getting bigger day by day! Over the year, we have involved more than 60 adult learners aged between 50 and 84 from across Salento in our adult education activities.

As our students share, beyond the educational outcome, they also found in EduVita a place to make new friends, improve themselves, develop new life skills, get to know new cultures, overcome their fears and challenges, or in their words “go back to life”.

NATIONAL SOCIAL IMPACT

PROMOTING ANTONIO VERRI CULTURAL HERITAGE IN ITALY

EduVita’s center is dedicated to Antonio L. Verri – an artist and cultural operator from Salento, who promoted local culture across Europe and advocated for intergenerational and intercultural dialogue.

With the first and second editions of Tao-Ctical Urbanism, more people from all over Italy knew about Antonio Verri’s cultural work and the value of its heritage in Salento and Caprarica di Lecce. 

Younger generations had the opportunity to discover the beauty and message of Verri’s literary work and re-interpret his words and vision through the modern language of tactical urbanism.

Thanks to the competition, in Caprarica di Lecce, a native town of Antonio, a process of urban regeneration started. In one of the abandoned areas of the town, now the community can enjoy and interact with “La Mar”, the tactical installation inspired by Verri’s culture, winning the first edition of Tao Ctical Urbanism.

INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL IMPACT

TRAINING FOR THE TRAINERS IN ADULT EDUCATION

As we announced in EduVita’s social impact of 2022, one of the goals for 2023 was to share our professional knowledge and expertise in lifelong learning to support other organisations and institutions across Europe in their daily work.

In 2023, we involved adult educators from different european countries in the training sessions, in the context of Erasmus projects on the topics of: intergenerational learning, digital storytelling, art methodologies in adult education, seniors activation, interactive language learning, digital tools for innovative education, and non-formal tools in adult education.

For example, we created and hosted a KA1 staff mobility for a consortium of adult organisations from Poland: an intensive 6-day training course to develop and improve social media, digital communications, digital storytelling, and digital tools skills to better design, promote, and deliver adult education.

KA1 training programs in Lecce, Salento – Puglia

Do you want to develop new professional skills, innovate your adult education practice, and improve the impact of your work? 

Learn more about our KA1 training programs in Lecce, Salento, for adult educators, board members, and adult education organisations.

TOP GUIDE-WORDS OF EDUVITA’S SOCIAL IMPACT IN 2023

TOP GUIDE-WORDS OF EDUVITA’S SOCIAL IMPACT IN 2023

1 – ACTIVATING ADULT LEARNERS 50+

Our students were the real protagonists of EduVita’s 2023, shaping a year inspired by seniors’ activation and engagement locally and internationally! 

Besides the language courses, they had the opportunity to participate in local and international learning experiences, contributing actively with their talents, creativity, memories, and knowledge. 

During 2023, our students:
  • Met international partners from more than 20 educational organisations, practicing English in real contexts and immersing in intercultural experiences.
  • Took the initiative and organised intercultural dinners with pizzica and pasta making for our partners. 
  • Participated in local and international workshops about creative learning, digital skills, cultural heritage, environmental activism, and intergenerational learning showing their enthusiasm and their continuous willingness to never stop learning.

  • 2 students participated in a seniors’ students exchange in Spain

Thanks to our amazing community of active 50+ learners for inspiring and motivating different generations to lifelong learning and active participation!

EduVita’s team

2 – SHAPING THE FUTURE OF ADULT EDUCATION

Our work to innovate and improve adult education quality never stops. In 2023, we partnered in 7 EU projects to research and develop innovative methodologies and tools to better respond to the specific needs of adult learners and the challenges of adult educators.

In particular, during the last year, EduVita took part in project research in diverse areas of adult education,

including:
  • Intergenerational learning
  • Transformational learning
  • Digital storytelling
  • Environmental education
  • Cultural heritage
  • Family learning
  • Digital skills
  • Active learning

Shaping the future of adult education means also transforming research into community innovation, enabling learners, educators, and institutions to integrate knowledge for more sustainable daily practices.

For this reason, on one hand, we are committed to implementing the tools, good practices, and methodologies developed through research with our students and educators to start innovation from our local community.

On the other, we disseminate and share our good practices with cultural, educational, and political institutions from Salento, fostering dialogue and cooperation between local and international universities and organisations.

More specifically, in 2023 EduVita contributed to shaping the future of adult education in:

A – INTERGENERATIONAL LEARNING

InterPuzzle Booklet, a collection of life stories of seniors from Europe to inspire younger generations;

Family Learning Guide, for families, schools, and institutions, to promote intergenerational learning;

AcrossGEN report and platform, developing a methodology to promote intergenerational cooperation in the workplace.

B – CULTURAL HERITAGE VALORISATION

StoryGEN methodology, to develop digital skills through storytelling, intergenerational learning, and cultural heritage engagement.

SPACE, with 4 adult mobilities and 5 digital skills empowerment courses for senior students, to create digital exhibits on 5 cultural heritage areas: Nutrition, Health, Housekeeping, Self-Determined Consumer, and Sustainability. Learn more

C – TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING

TRANSFORM ME BOOKLET, to promote the social inclusion of adults as transformational learners;

D – ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION

SEAnior Leaders Report  and Educational Programme for Adults, for adult educators, to engage seniors in environmental education.

3 – UPLIFTING PROFESSIONAL ADULT EDUCATORS

In 2023, EduVita involved 8 educators from their team in 8 internal and international training programs and sessions to develop professional knowledge and skills for adult education.

As adult learning is characterised by specific needs and challenges, year by year we continue our effort to train and uplift a new generation of professional adult educators, with specialising competencies and tools to support adults and seniors in lifelong learning.

EduVita educators constantly take part in international trainings to explore new methodologies and exchange experiences with adult education experts from all over Europe.

 

One of the most remarkable learning experiences of the last year was the internal training for our team with the founders of the first University for the senior-aged students in Belarus. During these days, EduVita educators had the opportunity to learn more about the principles of adult education, experiential learning, the needs and challenges of adult learners, course and lesson planning, and non-formal practical tools for interactive learning.

4 – SPREADING THE MESSAGE ONLINE

In 2023, our social media content reached around 71k people, engaging more than 64k users on Facebook and 6.5K users on Instagram. We strongly believe in a multi-channel online strategy to disseminate on a larger scale our core values, adult education achievements, daily work, and lifelong learning inspiration with learners, educators, organisations, and institutions locally and internationally.

5 – BUILDING SUPPORTIVE CONNECTIONS

2023 was a year made of cooperative networking and empowering local and international connections. We have partnered with universities, schools, adult education institutions, libraries, cultural organisations, and NGOs from Germany, Austria, Portugal, Spain, Poland, Turkey, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Greece, Sweden, Bulgaria, and Slovenia.

Locally, we have collaborated with professors from the University of Salento, Municipalities, local authorities, Museums, cultural organisations, local companies, and NGOs.

Thank you to all the passionate learners, adult educators, and to our inspiring partners that we have met during 2023 and have shared part of this journey with EduVita.

Design and Graphics: D.S.V

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