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Third project meeting in Wrocław, Poland

On 10-13th September 2019, the project partners met in Wrocław, Poland. All project partners participated in the meeting: Turisticka i ugostiteljska skola Dubrovnik from Croatia, who is the coordinator of the project, Biznesa Augstskola Turiba from Latvia, VOŠ, SPŠ a OA Čáslav from Czechia, Universitatea Sapientia Din Cluj Napoca from Romania, Ekonomska sola Murska Sobota, Visja strokovna sola from Slovenia and Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica from Poland, who organised the meeting.

The first day of the meeting opened with the warm welcome of all participants and the exchange of small gifts between the partners. Then, the partners moved on to the analysis of the project preliminary results and self-evaluation presented by prof. Ineta Luba from TURIBA University, Latvia. The rest of the day was devoted to the discussion on the progress made in the designing of the O2 courses, which are the cultural courses in the national languages whose aim is to develop the 21st century skills and the cultural knowledge of their participants. Partners discussed the issues they have encountered during the adaptation of the courses, agreed on the common approach and presented their achievements insofar, sharing some more creative ideas with each other. The discussion was moderated by dr Zsuzsa Ajtony from Sapientia University, Romania, who is supervising the Output 2 phase of the project.

The second day of the meeting began with the settling of administrative issues conducted by Hilarija Lozancic Benic from TUSDU, Croatia. The rest of the meeting was devoted to the discussion regarding Output 3 of the project, which includes the implementation of the activities and dissemination of the courses. The partners dove into the details regarding the numbers of beneficiaries they have to reach or the types of activities they need to plan. The discussion was very fruitful and it ended with the academic debate on the research that will be conducted along with the implementation of activities. The planned research is to help the project partners produce their final output: guidelines on lifelong learning.

The second day ended with the conference organised by the Polish partner, Fundacja Pro Scientia Publica together with the University of Wrocław, entitled Education Culture Society 2019. In the late afternoon, there were plenary lectures; prof. Ineta Luka delivered one of them, “Creating a Culture-Based Language Learning Course for Developing Adult Learners’ 21st Century Skills,” in which she addressed the project, its achievements and challenges. The lecture enjoyed great interest of other conference participants, which was reflected in the number of questions that prof. Ineta Luka was asked afterwards. The evening ended with a theatre play by Teatr Czarny entitled “Reflections. Marked. Six secrets. Some painful” (dir. Aleksander Kobylarek). Teatr Czarny is a theatrical group of seniors from the Wrocław’s University of the Third Age. After the play, the actors shared wine, bread and cookies with the audience and there was an opportunity to ask them questions (as well as to ask questions to other U3A members who were present in the audience). Project partners had the possibility to hear firsthand how the tertiary education looks like in Poland, what are the classes offered to seniors or how they were preparing for the play they had presented.

The third day of the meeting and the second day of the conference opened with workshops on the project, in which all conference participants had the possibility to participate. The workshops were conducted by Erna Voroš from Ekonomska sola Murska Sobota, Slovenia. All in all, in the conference took part 69 participants from 34 academic centres (29 foreign and 5 Polish) and it enjoyed great success.

The last day of the meeting (13th September) was devoted solely to the rest and pleasures. Project partners had an opportunity to take part in a trip around Lower Silesia, the region of Poland in which Wrocław is situated. They visited three places: the Lower Silesia Monuments Miniature Park, where they saw all of the most amazing castles, churches, cathedrals and other buildings in the area, only in miniature; the Underground City Osówka, which is an impressive, underground complex of the unknown aim and origin built by the Nazis during the Second World War; and Church of Peace in Świdnica, which is the largest wooden church inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO.

All in all, the partners came back home tired by satisfied with what they have achieved together.

Patrycja Karpińska

Polish team member