VAL.oR. – Tacit knowledge emerging for a sustainable valorisation of the cultural heritage in rural and peripheral communities

The design and implementation of training Curriculum for strengthen the management skills of senior and young adults engaged in the organisation and management of cultural events, will be exploited to attract and motivate these local teams to open their prospect and strategies toward an European vision and frame. Through a bottom-up and participatory approach, valorising the cultural heritage background of rural communities, and promoting the transnational exchange among these key learners, we aim at increasing the demand and take-up of adult learners, generally not engaged in lifelong learning. Through the involvement of these local teams, often composed by communities’ leaders, we intend to implement an outreach strategy of the educational provision which can improve the community-wellbeing exploiting their talents and tacit competences. The Curriculum targeted to strengthen the competences in organising and managing the cultural local festivals is a Trojan horse to engage the team leaders in further training and the whole community in a transnational educational experience. The informal learning occasions will be specifically focused on the following key skills: cultural awareness and expression, digital skills, civic and entrepreneurial competences, which are closely linked to the other horizontal priority we intend to reach, the transparency and the recognition of the learners’ prior learning. The seniors’ tacit competences recognition, while is valorising the knowledge and skills of the older members of a community, could positively influence their motivation in a closer intergenerational dialogue, focused on the common goal to maintain and renew the intangible local cultural heritage.

Ten organisations from Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Switzerland cooperate to reach these common goals:
1. Developing a process for the validation of prior learning.
2. Designing a curriculum framework for cultural festival and event management.
3. Identifying and collating the tacit knowledge of the ageing volunteers.
4. Showcasing the best practices adopted by the current crop of ageing volunteers.
5. Creating an intergenerational mentoring programme to support the next generation of volunteers.

The aims are; a) to support adult education staff to develop and implement a process to validate non-formal and informal learning; b) to ensure the continued sustainability of locally run cultural festivals and events in rural communities which provide educational opportunities for all and are key economic drivers for local areas; c) to sustain new ideas generation, renewing EU cultural proposals.