HIHTAST: Active ageing in the modern society


EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2015. Every year, EAEA hands out the EAEA Grundtvig Award to successful projects in adult education. In 2015, three projects were awarded with a prize: an international, a European and a national initiative. The theme of this year’s award was Adult Education and Health.

The article series spreads good practices by introducing the nominees of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2015.

The HIHTAST project wants to promote active aging and well-being in the old age in Europe through a network of European partners. Senior citizens receive trainings which enable them to operate a PC, to use the internet and web 2.0 tools. Thereby, they stimulate their mental capacities and foster their mental and physical well-being and health. A peer-to-peer network among elderly people is established locally, nationally and internationally to provide training and support in the use of ICT to other elderly people who need it. This network is also a venue for elderly senior people in the EU to share experiences, connect with each other and learn new cultures.

Creating a network

The computer courses of the HIHTAST-project were held on a weekly basis, which gave students an opportunity to structure their lives. Networks and friendships were established among the students. Through this mental activity and social interaction, the preservation of health is supported. After the 2 years, most of the senior assistants still assist in a computer course for seniors and also new groups are sharing the same enthusiasm as the former ones.

HIHTAST project

Project coordinator:

Het Perspectief, Belgium, Willem De Meyer

Project partners:

  • Higher Rhythm Ltd., UK
  • ADAS-BR, Portugal
  • T.C. Millî Eğitim Bakanlığı, Turkey
  • Cif Vicopisano, Italy
  • Interuniversity Center for Educational Research and Advanced Training, Italy