“Our heritage: where the past meets the future.”
The slogan of European Year of Cultural Heritage, combined with our community needs and our experiences, was the inspiring trigger for this project and led us to the idea of Bonding Generations and Cultures through Traditional Sport and Games.
“Game On! Bonding Generations and Cultures” it’s a two-year Strategic Partnership for Exchange of Practices in Adult Education, and involves public and private organizations, from Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, Poland and Spain.
Through the exchange of methodological approaches between the involved partners, we will create a European Intergenerational and Intercultural learning opportunity, engaging senior citizens in active ageing and promotion of Europe’s cultural heritage, focusing on Traditional Sports and Games, tackling several challenges and needs from our communities.
The project is based on 4 premises:
- Population ageing is one of the greatest social and economic challenges facing the EU and “Active Ageing” has become a policy priority within the European Union. Projections foresee a growing number and share of elderly persons (aged 65 years and over) Eurostat’s annual demography data collection shows there were 510.3 million people living in the EU-28 as of 1 January 2016, of whom almost 98 million were aged 65 years and over.
- One of the headline targets of the EU 2020 Strategy for Education and Training is that at least 15% of adults should participate in lifelong learning. The challenge is to provide learning opportunities adults, throughout their life, especially disadvantaged groups, including senior citizens.
- 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage with the aim to encourage more people to discover and engage with Europe's cultural heritage, and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European space.
- Intergenerational dialogue refers to the way that people of all ages can learn together and from each other, and is an important part of Lifelong Learning, where the generations work together to gain skills, values and knowledge.
The project is framed within a long-term perspective and planned with a view to achieve a multiplying effect and sustainable impact, and it has a good geographical balance, involving 5 countries from South, Central and Eastern Europe, which will contribute to ensure a real European outreach of the project.