What is HEARTS?
HERITAGE EMPOWERING AFFECTIVITY, REVALUING TRADITIONS AND SOLIDARITY
We are four organizations from Romania, Italy, Turkey and Greece which want to take a step to a better knowledge of the culture and the heritage of each of these countries by perpetuating them from generation to generation. During a period of two years we will act as a team, we will work together in order to fulfill the aims of this project and finally, to bring more unity in Europe. This is the aim of the European countries. This is our aim!
The partner from Romania: Bucovina Guides Association
The main subject is to promote the cultural diversity revaluing the heritage from partner, focused at affectivity and solidarity traditions, to empower persons and communities identity and enhance their social inclusion and development.
Main problems are seniors isolation, demotivation and low recognition as society enriching citizens, lack of learning opportunities supporting more active and creative live, namely to overcome the digital impairment and improve European belonging relationship; the same time younger citizens will have a real chance to deep their own cultural identity and reinforce as well the European diversity belonging, improving traditions sapience skills, strengthening also their social inclusion pathways.
Participants selection aims to gather senior people from a range of backgrounds, to maximize groups and EU inter-groups diversity. This includes ensuring a gender balance; age balance (up from 50 years old), belonging to social groups at exclusion risk in majority, wiliness to learn, change life style and social commitment; also the selection of sharing group takes in account proximity, peers learning, motivation to improve social and heritage related competencies, positive interaction with seniors and intercultural groups.
After organizing the learning system the project start with the learning community of practice integration by the seniors and sharing groups outlined activities. The focus of the learning process will be on the learners group, processing their self learning active aging practices, with a focus on specific methodologies, objectives and tasks planned as an itinerary to support their progress in acquiring and incorporating personal, group and social key competencies and implementing the solidarity initiatives. Success means their involvement by participation, feelings, social commitment and proactive behavior. The sharing group peer to peer learning involvement is a key aspect of the project, and the mobilization of social resources from involved organizations, because they bring inter generational mutual understanding and cooperation, as well as community cohesion. The roles of facilitators of these sharing groups as role models is also exceptionally important to the overall individuals and group learning process, complementing the continuous self-assessment and – observation, reflection and debate. This will enable the facilitators to understand better the learners? situations, needs and interests, fill the gaps in their knowledge and reinforce awareness. Another challenge is to ensure learners intercommunication and exchanges across the EU partnership groups, that is another big challenge to prove their successful involvement. The learner groups are expected to take the reins and guide the implementation of the activities, both locally and through mobility.
The project is taking in account expertise partners could transfer for each planned activity, making it available for the all partners? teams, to be experienced by the project and reincorporated into their own activities by all participating individuals and organizations. The ultimate gains would be to prevent the marginalization and discrimination of seniors community.
First Meeting HEARTS in Ferrara, Italy
The first meeting of Hearts ? Heritage Empowering Affectivity, revaluing Traditions and Solidarity, project have took in Ferrara Italy from 13th till 16th December 2012. At this meeting were present the partners from Turkey, Romania, Italy and Greece. We were aqa number of 20 persons, more exactly: six from Turkey, seven from Romania, one from Greece and six from Italy.
The partner associations are:
THE AGENDA OF THIS MEETING:
The coordinator of the project, Nicoleta Robiuc, explained the objectives that need to be achieved as a result of the first meeting, and the various tasks to be assigned. The logo of the project was approved; the participants discussed the BlogSpot, prepared by the Romanian association. A webs.com page is preferred to a website, for the lower cost and for the persistence and availability of the documents on web. All the products of the project will be available on the http://hearts2012.webs.com.
Assessment is one of the tasks of this phase of the project; Ms Maria Cristina Turola, from the Italian partner presented a preliminary semi-structured questionnaire, aimed to collect information on the potential aged learners. Furthermore, the Italian partner will be soon prepare a similar questionnaire for youngster by Valentina Muceli and Ilaria Bimbo in their quality of psychologists. The coordinator proposed that all groups should work on this schedule, suggesting changes or additions peculiar to their situation/culture. The agreed deadline is 31st of January 2013.
In the case of the evaluation of the quality of life, the Italian group suggested the use of a standardized instrument, the WHOQol – bref (26 items), a free, self-administered questionnaire of World Health Organization , cross-culturally comparable.
Maria Kavouri introduced Dr. Laura Lepore from Municipality of Ferrara, coordinator of Foreign Area office and counselor of Intercultural Education. Dr. Lepore evidenced the need to define the concepts of young, elder, old, oldest and their background and assures their cooperation.
In the end, the coordinator of the project, Nicoleta Robiuc, summarized the results of the meeting, recalling the need to be simple and concrete, to define the respective tasks; she will send to the associations a proposal for the tasks, to report all activities and especially to communicate each over: the communication is the most important task in this project. At the end, the certificates ceremony took place. Fuat Sunay in his quality of student of University of Turin in the faculty of communication and media, from the Italian partner, realized videos and took photos from the whole the event in order to realize a trailer and a short film. Aim network addressed a big thank you to all, who cooperate for the realization of this meeting.
Second Meeting HEARTS in Suceava, Romania
Between 17 and 20 May 2013, Bucovina Guides Association was the host for the HEARTS project second meeting, in Suceava. With this occasion, the working agenda regarding the important future aspects of the project was set and also, this was the perfect moment to introduce the guests to the culture and the traditions of Bucovina. Therefore, there were 3 partners that came to Romania: Italy, Greece and Turkey and a number of 14 people: 3 from Italy, 4 from Turkey and 7 from Greece. The Romanian team had 5 participants.
The partner associations are:
THE AGENDA OF THIS MEETING:
Friday night 17.05.2013
Maria Cristina Turola and Maria Kavouri from AIM Network, Italy, explained to us the importance of a good implementation of the project and how can this be made. Also, AIM Network, presented the structure of the questionnaire, the importance of some good questions, the problems that can occur during the implementation and during the creation of the final report of the questionnaire. A very important aspect that was highlighted by the Italy team is about the interpretation of the questionnaire which must be realized based on the received answers and how we can do this, especially in the case of the open questions.
At the invitation of Nicoleta Robciu, we tried to define the term ?old age person?. The participants presented their opinion regarding the age at which a man can be called an: old aged person? and the age at which a person can be called ?young?. As a result, it was decided that we refer to old when the person is above 60 and to young when the person is under 30.
An attractive point of the meeting was the presentation about the quality of life questionnaire (contents and results) by Mesut Arabaciglu from Turkey and Maria Cristina Turola from Italy. They talked about the differences of the principles, activities and passions between the two generations.
According to the agenda, the next activities took place at the Promotion of the traditions from Bucovina center, where the participants visit the workshops accommodated here: traditional New Year masks, Easter egg painting, traditional clothing, leather and wood crafts, clay pottery, icon painting. This was a good occasion for our guests to see demonstrations in working with the wood and ceramics and to see traditional tools. The participants could see the steps needed in the creation of a ceramic object, until the burning step, could observe the composition of the materials, the instruments used and then, the final form. This was a good opportunity to find more about the importance of perpetuating these traditions. The activities at the center were coordinated by Nicoleta Robciuc and Nicoleta Loghin.
After the visit to the center was over, we continued the activities in the meeting room in order to give new tasks and set deadlines. Therefore, it was decided that the Greek team will be responsible for the E-portofolio and the digital literacy, the Turkey team will realize the report for the dissemination of the project, the Italian team will do the analysis of the result of the questionnaires and will do the comparison between the results from the 4 countries and the Romanian team will centralize the result of the evaluations made after each meeting. All these will be accomplished step by step, regarding the number of the meetings, the results of each team being presented in the next meeting in Turkey.
Third Meeting HEARTS in Bucharest, Romania
Between 22 and 24 JUNE 2013, Bucovina Guides Association was the host for the HEARTS project third meeting, in Bucharest. During the two days of the meeting, Bucovina Guides Association was the guest for 4 Greeks, from Computer House, Tripolis.
The present partners were:
THE AGENDA OF THIS MEETING:
On this occasion, we set the tasks for the Greek partner, which should be finished until a date due to be decided on the yahoo group later. The main discussion was based on the dissemination of the HEARTS project, the realization of an workshop and the creation of the digital literacy guide.
In the second part of the day, after 5 p.m. , we visited the ?Traditional Romanian IA fair? at the ?Alchemia Contemporan Arts Centre?, organized by IIANA in Bucharest. There we were welcomed by the IIANA staff and Alchemia. After this, the manager of Alchimia, Dragos Farmazon, made a brief presentation of our project and partners and then, we talked about the objectives, the aims of our project and the importance of perpetuating the traditions from generation to generation.
Lately, Ms. Anca Tatomir, from the Alchimia team, presented us different models of traditional ?IA?, from different parts of the country. She explained the connotations and the meanings of the old , handmade symbols found on the shirts. This fair aimed to promote and perpetuate the traditional outfits and also to encourage people to still wear them. At the end, we were answered to the questions, all this in a jovial atmosphere with traditional Romanian music in the background.
4th Meeting HEARTS in Bolu, Turkey
Bolu Halk?n Egitimini Gelistirme ve Destekleme Dernegi was the host for the fourth meeting of The Hearts Project between the dates 18th and 21st October, 2013. There were 2 partners that came to Turkey: Italy and Romania. Romania attended with 9 participants in its team whereas Italy was in Bolu with 3 participants.
The partner associations are:
THE AGENDA OF THIS MEETING:
Friday 18 October 2013
Saturday 19 October 2013
In the coffee break, while the quests were having a rest by eating and drinking they also had the chance to look on the traditional handcraft products made by the old people in the association. Two different television channels from Bolu was also there to make an investigation and interview about the Project.
After that it was time to go for lunch in the city centre. All the partners had a great time while tasting some traditional food. After lunch a visit to a centre for disabled people was held and all the partners told about the organizations and activities for people with disabilities in their own countries. Another visit to the Almshouse of the Bolu Municipality was held and it was observed in details what kind of opportunities were offered to old, sick, homeless and poor people by the municipality.
For the next stop, the quests were taken to Lake G?lc?k for photo Safari. After the return to city centre it was free time to walk around the town or buying for some souvenirs. In the evening the Project group met again to enjoy eating and drinking in company with some traditional folk music.
Sunday 20 October 2013
In the second part of the day after the meeting, it was time to go for a walk to the Bolu Museum to see the ancient and historical valuable pieces of products. There were also a series of traditional clothes and handcrafts to attract the attention of the quests. Then a trip to historical Mudurnu district was held to see the town, historical buildings and good practices of handcrafts there. After lunch with delicious traditional meals in the garden of an old mansion, the Project group left from Mudurnu to see Abant Lake with its beautiful natural scene on the return way to Bolu city centre. At dinner time in a cafe&restaurant all the participants who attended the 4th meeting took their certificates from the president of our association ,Fatma Isn?k, after the speech of Mesut Arabac?oglu.
Monday 21 October 2013