aLearn project: Adult education to stay fit and healthy in the old age


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.


An ageing Europe

Ageing due to demographic changes severely affects Europe today. However, the challenge confronting the European countries now is not the very ageing but how to age actively so that ageing is considered a benefit rather than a burden for the individuals themselves, communities and governments.

Generations working together

The idea of the project Active Ageing Learning Community is to teach both seniors and young people in intergenerational teams how to age actively for their own benefit and for the benefit of society. aLearn wants to provide people with the age of 60+ with the skills needed to cope with ageing thus remaining active for a longer time in society, community, employment and learning.

Staying an active part of society

To tackle these aims, aLearn developed an Active Ageing Learning Community where the 60+ will learn how to age actively in terms of health, physical and cognitive ability, social communication and intergenerational solidarity. They will be supported by people in the age group of 16 to 35 in learning and practice. Furthermore learning modules were developed in Health Self-Management, ICT for Social Networking and Intergenerational Volunteering. Through these measures, aLearn made it possible to introduce an intergenerational approach to active ageing learning and raise awareness of young and old generations about active ageing and its benefits.


Project coordinator:

Technical University of Gabrovo, Irena Rashkova

Project partners:

  • Universitaet Ulm (Germany)
  • Universidade da Coruña (Spain)
  • Asociación Provincial de Pensionistas y Jubilados de A Coruña (Spain)
  • Patto Territoriale Oristano Soc. Cons. a r.l. (Portugal)
  • Age Action Ireland Ltd (Ireland)