18.07.2024

10 reasons why it is worth learning throughout your life!

In the previous news we touched on the topic of lifelong learning. Now we want to provide you with more useful information on this topic. That’s why we present 10 reasons why it is worth learning throughout your life!
1. Personal Development: Lifelong learning helps us develop our interests, passions, and skills, leading to greater life satisfaction.
2. Better Career Prospects: Continuously acquiring new skills and knowledge increases our chances for promotion, career change, or finding a better-paying job.
3. Adaptation to Change: In today’s fast-changing world, the ability to adapt to new technologies and trends is crucial. Learning helps us stay up to date.
4. Improved Mental Health: Mental activities such as learning can improve our mental health, reducing the risk of dementia and age-related diseases.
5. Increased Confidence: Gaining new knowledge and skills builds our confidence and self-esteem.
6. Social Skill Development: Participating in courses, trainings, or workshops provides opportunities to make new acquaintances and build relationships with people who share similar interests.
7. Discovering New Opportunities: Continuous learning opens up new opportunities and perspectives that might remain undiscovered without proper knowledge.
8. Enhanced Creativity: Learning new things stimulates our creativity, helping us think more innovatively and find unconventional solutions to problems.
9. Enriched Social Life: Active participation in various forms of education allows us to engage in social and cultural life, enriching our overall experience.
10. Longevity: Research shows that people who engage in lifelong learning tend to live longer and healthier lives. Keeping mentally active has a positive impact on our overall health and well-being.

16.07.2024

Innovative Educational Counseling Service for Individuals Aged 55+

We learn throughout our lives, and learning is especially important for individuals aged 55+. Continuous learning allows us not only to develop new skills but also to improve the quality of our lives and keep our minds sharp. 
The project “Educational counselling to improve the quality of life for people 55+” aims to support adult education by offering innovative educational counseling services.
Why is lifelong learning important?
  • Personal and professional development: Learning new things broadens our horizons and opens up new opportunities. 
  • Improved mental health: Learning stimulates the mind and helps maintain mental health. 
  • Social integration: Participating in courses and workshops helps build new connections and a sense of community. 
Join us and discover how education can improve the quality of your life!

11.07.2024

Tips for Mental Health for People 50+

As part of the THRIVE50+ project, which aims to support the mental and physical health of adult learners, we want to share some tips for maintaining good mental health:
1. Physical Activity – Regular exercise helps reduce stress and improves mood. Even a daily walk can work wonders!
2. Social Connections – Meetings with family and friends, phone conversations, or participating in local events help you feel connected and prevent loneliness.
3. Healthy Diet – A balanced diet affects not only the body but also the mind. Focus on fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats.
4. Mental Activities – Read books, solve crosswords, learn new things. Intellectual activity helps keep your brain in good shape.
5. Rest and Relaxation – Practice relaxation techniques like meditation or deep breathing. Ensuring an adequate sleep is also crucial.
6. Professional Support – If you feel overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to seek help from a psychologist or therapist.
Remember, prioritizing your mental health is an investment in your overall well-being and quality of life. 

08.07.2024

Promoting the Importance of Well-being and Mental Health Among Adult Learners 50+

Well-being and mental health are crucial for individuals 50+ to enjoy life to the fullest and maintain vitality. The project ” Total Health Resources for Improving Vitality and Endurance 50+ ” aims to support the mental and physical health of adult learners.
How can we achieve this?
  • We organize workshops and meetings on stress management. 
  • We promote physical activity and healthy eating habits. 
  • We provide access to resources and advice in the field of mental health. 
Join us and take care of your mental and physical health!

01.07.2024

Creative Recycling Idea: Painted Glass Jars

Looking for an eco-friendly and fun DIY project? Try painting glass jars!

01.07.2024

Creative Recycling in the Project "Five Matters of Eco-Love: beautiful, sustainable and together"

Did you know that recycling can be not only eco-friendly but also beautiful and creative? Our project “Five Matters of Eco-Love” shows how we can create unique items from materials we already have.

Get inspired and join us in discovering new recycling possibilities! Do it with love for our planet and support sustainable development.

Together, we can make a big difference!

14.06.2024

It's Here!

We are thrilled to announce that the first final report for the project “Educational Counseling to Improve the Quality of Life for People 55+” is now available! 

This report aims to analyse the educational needs of individuals aged 55 and older in Poland, Germany and Europe as a whole. The report will also identify and discuss good practices in education and educational counselling for this demographic group. The report will be part of a broader final report that will support the development of an appropriate programme of educational counselling for people aged 55+.

The activities include:

  • Development of an educational counseling service
  • Development of a guide for staff
  • Exchange of good practices and dissemination
  • Project management and implementation.

The project aims to:

  • Develop an innovative service of non-vocational “educational counseling service for people 55+”.
  • Create a “guide for adult education staff” with guidelines/recommendations on how to run the service and document templates.
  • Increasing knowledge and competencies of at least 6 staff representatives from 3 partner institutions.
  • Increasing the staff and institutional potential of 3 partner institutions.
  • Expanding the offer in the field of non-professional educational counselling for adults (targeted at people aged 55+) in two partner countries.

Target groups:

  • Employees of partner institutions
  • Adult learners aged 55+
  • Adult education staff
  • Educational/training institutions

The final report can be read and downloaded free of charge on the Fundacja “Fundusz Inicjatyw” website: Raport Końcowy eduforfuture ENG – Fundacja “Fundusz Inicjatyw” (ffi.org.pl).

We sincerely thank everyone involved and invite you to follow the ongoing activities of the project. For more information, please visit our website. 

14.06.2024

The Thrive50+ workshop is happening now!

We are pleased to announce that Thrive workshop dedicated to the exchange of good practices between partner institutions is underway. The topics of the workshop include:

  • Well-being: Focusing on enhancing overall happiness and life satisfaction for individuals aged 50+.
  • Stress Management: Providing strategies for effective stress management and stress reduction for individuals aged 50+.
  • Healthy Eating: Promoting healthy eating habits to improve the health and well-being of individuals aged 50+.

This workshop is part of the project aimed at:

  • Enhancing the skills and competencies of staff working in the adult education sector
  • Supporting local adult education centers
  • Developing innovative educational materials
  • Increasing participation of adults aged 50+ in the local community
  • Promoting the importance of well-being and mental health among adult learners aged 50+

The project will be implemented through:

  • International training and dissemination activities
  • Local workshops on diet and stress management for people aged 50+
  • Project coordination

Planned project outcomes:

  • 2 international trainings for adult education sector staff
  • 10 thematic workshops on healthy eating and stress management for people aged 50+
  • 30 local workshop sessions for at least 60 adults aged 50+
  • 60 participants in at least 3 in-person dissemination activities

04.06.2024

Unforgettable moments from the internal workshop of the 5MEL project in Nitra!

From May 27 to 31, 2024, the non-profit organization New Edu hosted a workshop as part of the 5MEL project, focusing on promoting active citizenship and environmental education among adults. The workshop’s agenda was incredibly rich and diverse. On the first day, participants learned about the concepts of creative recycling and upcycling, engaging in hands-on activities under the guidance of Fundacja “Fundusz Inicjatyw”. The second day, owing to the generosity of New Edu, they had the opportunity to delve into the art of nature photography and storytelling through images.

The following day, Universidade Sénior de Oeiras encouraged delegates to connect with nature through artistic expression. On the fourth day, ASOCIATIA EDUTEX used interactive teaching methods to introduce the fascinating world of STEM. Finally, on the fifth day, Akdeniz Naturel Yasam Dernegi helped participants gain a deeper understanding of the interactions between science and the natural world.

Let’s change our environment and society together with project 5MEL!

29.05.2024

Creative Recycling and Upcycling Workshops with the “Initiative Fund" Foundation!

As part of the 5MEL (Five Matters of Eco-Love: beautiful, sustainable and together) project, the “Initiative Fund” Foundation is pleased to participate in inspiring meetings in Slovakia, where we discuss the project with our partners and take part in daily environmental improvement workshops.
 
On Monday, 27.05.2024, we held a workshop on creative recycling and upcycling, which proved to be a great source of knowledge and inspiration.
 
The workshop started with a theoretical part, where we discussed the definitions and evolution of recycling and upcycling practices, and explained the differences between them. We introduced the terms ‘creative recycling’ and ‘upcycling’, and examined the statistics on the amount of waste generated worldwide, in Poland and Europe, and its impact on climate change.
 
We then moved on to showcase good practices and exciting solutions. We presented inspiring case studies of companies, artists and community initiatives that use creative recycling and upcycling. We discussed the environmental and economic benefits of these practices, and presented practical advice on collecting materials and the methods and tools for transforming them.
The final part of the workshop was related to practical experience and was marked by creativity and ingenuity. We carried out DIY projects, showing step-by-step how to create new products from different materials and how to reuse everyday objects in innovative ways. Practical workshops and group discussions enabled participants to develop their skills and creative approaches to recycling and upcycling in everyday life.
 
At the end of the workshop, we summarised the highlights and encouraged the participants to explore the topic further. We inspired everyone to continue the practice of creative recycling and upcycling, showing how creativity and innovative approaches to waste can help the planet.
 
Together we can achieve a sustainable future!
Join us and be part of the green revolution!

15.02.2024

We are starting a new project

From March 1, 2024, we will start implementing the project “Five Matters of Eco-Love: beautiful, sustainable and together”

The main aim of the project is to increase the motivation of members of our target groups in the field of creative recycling.

This will be reached by:

  1. to organize Internal workshop where partners’ experts will share best practice and improve their knowledge, skills in the field of environmental protection.
  2. to organize regional workshops, where adult members of local communities will be involved;
  3. to write Eco-Love Guide for adults.

01.12.2023

We started the implementation of the “Education for the Future” project.

The Erasmus+ project is implemented in partnership with the German organization SCHWERPUNKT ZENTRUM GMBH

Want to know more? Go to the project website: EDUCATIONforFUTURE – Fundacja “Fundusz Inicjatyw” (ffi.org.pl)

NEW ADDITIONS TO IFF’S EDUCATIONAL OFFER

We are pleased to announce that the educational offer of the “Initiative Fund” Foundation (IFF) aimed at the vocational education and training (VET) sector has just expanded with the results of the Erasmus+ project “GreenMinds: Green Education for VET and small enterprises”. We are one of the educational organizations that will implement the results of the project in their own activity.

 

The objective of the project implemented by Deinde sp. z o. o. (Poland) and Prometeo (Italy) was to promote environmental awareness and practices as part of corporate social responsibility in VET institutions and SMEs.

 

The project has generated a number of results in the field of green CSR, with a focus on the staff of VET institutions and SMEs. Free materials are available on the project website under the link https://deinde.pl/en/greenminds-erasmus-2/.

 

All project results are available for free in 3 language versions (Polish, English and Italian) and include:

  1. Training Courses:

Two training courses covering:

  • SA8000 Standard and Environmental Protection,
  • CSR and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Business.

The courses are available both as training materials in the form of a pdf file (downloadable/printable) and as an online course, which is available to all registered users on the digital platform under the link https://www.prometeodigitale.eu/.

In order to create an account on the platform and participate in the course, you might consider reading the technical “CSR Instruction Book for VETs” available under the link https://deinde.pl/en/gm-instrukcja-csr-dla-vet-en/.

 

  1. CSR Green Handbook for VET institutions and SMEs:

The CSR Green Handbook provides a practical guide for VET and SMEs staff on possible ways to develop and implement green practices and pro-environmental solutions in VET institutions and SMEs. “The CSR Green Book” also provides insight into the world’s best green CSR strategies.

 

  1. CSR Toolkit:

A series of practical educational materials on green CSR has been posted on the project website https://deinde.pl/en/csr-toolkit-2/, presenting helpful content for staff of VET organizations and SMEs. The materials developed include: Articles, Scenarios of how to use CSR, Proposals for using CSR, Games and educational tools.

 

  1. Reports on desk research and own research:

The reports were designed to map and illustrate the real reasons behind the lack of or limited environmental CSR activities among VET institutions and SMEs in Poland and Italy. The reports are available under the link https://deinde.pl/en/results-4/

 

  1. Green VET Social Network:

An online network for communication and exchange of experiences and practices among project staff, course participants, survey respondents, and anyone interested in project topics and green CSR practices has been built. The forum can be accessed through the platform https://www.prometeodigitale.eu/. All VET institutions and SMEs employees, as well as those interested in ecology, can become users of the platform, and they will gain access to the online course and the “Green VET Social Network” forum after creating a free account.

 

The thematic field of the above-mentioned project results is related to “Initiative Fund” Foundation’s Erasmus+ project ‘VEforCA – What Vocational Education can do for Climate Action?’ and thus this is another step by IFF in spreading environmental awareness and highlighting the importance of pro-environmental climate action.

 

You are cordially invited to study the materials and use them to promote and implement environmental practices and activities!

 

 

Disclaimer:

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). Neither the European Union nor EACEA can be held responsible for them.

 

30.11.2023

VEforCA PROJECT REALIZATION FINISHED

We have completed the Erasmus+ project aimed at the vocational education and training (VET) sector – “VEforCA – What vocational education can do for climate action.”

We sincerely thank all those involved in the project and those who participated in testing its results.

The project is designed to make community-based environmental VET (vocational education and training) a more central and visible part of the response to sustainability issues. The project is inspired by the European Climate Pact, launched on December 16, 2020, which emphasizes the need for space for people from all backgrounds to come together and work together to develop and implement climate solutions, big and small.

At https://ffi.org.pl/veforca/ you can explore the materials and download the 4 results of the project:

(1) Interactive Report: Environmental challenges and climate action

(2) Online course

The course covers the following modules:

Module 1 Principles of non-formal and informal environmental education, and how to deliver it to VET learners – duration: 45-60 min.

Module 2 Integrating individual responsibility and media literacy into environmental education – duration: 45-60 min.

Module 3 Fostering engagement in environmental and climate action through citizen science  – duration: 45-60 min.

Module 4 Promoting networking and multi-stakeholder approaches to environmental engagement – duration: 45-60 min.

Module 5 Designing participatory activities for the environment and climate at the local level – duration: 45-60 min.

 

(3) Digital Sustainability Kit, focused on six environmental areas and which also includes: questions/statements related to a given environmental awareness area, scientific facts, Ways/actions of saving in a given area, that can be used in environmental education, as well as links to links to external digital tools, such as games, videos or guides.

(4) Eco Consciousness Vet Assessment Package

We invite you to explore the results of the project!

Project website: https://ffi.org.pl/veforca/

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