Echoes of the Past

OBJECTIVES

The overall goal of this project is to engage the target groups in systematic and sustained learning activities in order to develop new knowledge, skills and competencies by using post-industrial heritage and landscapes as an educational resource.

The main idea is to respond to some common key problems and to capitalise VET programmes and methodologies in the educational and cultural area in general and in specific in post-industrial landscapes.

By setting these goals towards such specific target groups, and on an explicit cultural heritage area, the objective is to contribute to the gradual and efficient implementation of a work-based learning programme, including apprenticeships that can benefit from the intrinsic unique character of the industrial heritage.  

High rates of young/adult unemployment; increased population decline; growth of an ageing population; incapacity for a demographic renewal and entrepreneurial dynamism; cultural heritage mostly seen as an undervalued contribution to economic growth and social cohesion.The closure of important industrial plants; the economic and social problems communities face when industries close; the existence of industrial assets that in some situations are unknown, unexplored or in a state of negligence or abandonment.Despite the alignment of the international charter for industrial heritage on education and training, documents focus only on groups included in the traditional levels of education (primary, secondary and higher education); a lack of specialised education and training programmes oriented for a vocational target group concerning post-industrial heritage and landscape cultural projects; a growing demand for working tools in this specific area by the individuals in the identified target groups.

Development of structured projects on culture and heritage connected to different fields of expertise like education, science and technology, creative industries, as opportunities for innovation and more social and cultural awareness.
The recognition of these industrial spaces as polarizing centres of growth and undisputed cultural, social and touristic interest. Post-industrial sites as museums and cultural centres are becoming more community-oriented, they must be led by people and their know-how, for that specialized programmes on education and training crossing methodologies on cultural heritage can be a resource of social innovation for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; culture and knowledge as an excellent way of sharing, learning, promotion and development of territories..

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