AFECO Webinar: First results of the project shared
Frederico Amaral, SHINE2 Europe
On January 23, 2024, the AFECO consortium organized the first project webinar, dedicated to present the outcomes of the project’s first phase. More than 30 people across Europe attended the webinar.
The Erasmus+ Adult Education project AFECO – Empowering older adults to apply eco- and age-friendly solutions to age in place, started in December 2022 and will finalise its results in May 2025. The first phase of the project consisted of defining the needs, making a comparable analysis and delivering a baseline report.
During the webinar, some interesting findings were shared.
Older adults in six European countries are more aware of age-friendly solutions at home or in the environment than eco-friendly solutions. Their learning needs focus on mobility and the use of technology to apply age- and eco-friendly solutions and ICT skills, finding information, solving financial constraints and practical cases. These were the results of 104 interviews with older people aged 65+ from The Netherlands, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Greece and Italy.
Based on these results, the project team is working on the development of an online curriculum and an e-learning platform. The curriculum and e-learning platform will be co-created with older adults and caregivers. Then the full draft will be validated and a handbook for learners and educators will be the final result of the project.
The modules of the curriculum focus, among others, on awareness raising, technology, health, ICT skills. The e-learning platform offers guidance by a virtual assistant and autonomous learning. The platform will include a virtual library and will also give room to existing online communities.
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