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Systems of knowledge for active citizenship in tourism

An EU Grundtvig, Lifelong Learning – Education and Culture DG funded programme - EnvironmentPlus International CIC is the United Kingdom representative organization working with partners from Italy, Portugal, Latvia and Hungary focussing on social tourism as a practical learning experience for elderly and disabled people including young people with whom EnvironmentPlus International CIC specialises. Its aim is to study methodologies of non formal learning and other learning possibilities for disabled people during travel experiences, mainly through concrete experiences on the field.

The partners involved in the project compare methodologies, practical skills, experiences and tools they exploit in their usual activity to turn travelling experiences for disabled people into true experiences of learning. Also barriers to achieve this objective are analysed (e.g. in terms of accessibility, particular needs in preparing the travel). In this way, tourism will not be considered as a mere recreational or entertainment – related activity but an opportunity to develop key competencies and skills, both at a cognitive and at a relational level.

The project permits partners having different skills and competencies, to debate existing approaches, methodologies, tools (benchmarking) already exploited in each partner’s organisation to develop creative solutions to cope with the challenges related to social tourism and innovate them. Existing learning methodologies, best practices and tools therefore can be innovated through cross-fertilization and further translated into e-Learning Objects. The project consists of: international working meetings involving all the partners, distance work / local activities, Creation of a Web – based platform to: support communication, information exchange, distance learning and interaction.

International Research

EnvironmentPlus international CIC is currently involved and participating in doctorate level international research in the European Union, North America. The research will be examining whether Beekeeping (apiculture) can be used as an experiential learning opportunity for young people who work co-operatively to help them meet personal goals and objectives. It is hoped that we will be able to expand our knowledge and understanding of various approaches to help our work, by further international comparative analysis from programmes in New Zealand and Argentina.