23.11.2016

Active citizenship for rural development and a better quality of life

Nowadays municipalities are facing new challenges, such as social integration of migrants, demographic and structural changes. Through the project Lebensqualität durch Nähe (LQN, Quality of life through proximity), citizens will be trained and empowered to play an active role in their municipalities and tackle local challenges through the implementation of participatory projects.

The LQN project kicked-off successfully with a first consortium meeting in Schlierbach (Austria) on the 7 and 8 November. This three-year KA2 Erasmus+ project will develop a comprehensive qualification and training programme for citizens, local political representatives and facilitators in the field of civic engagement at the local level.

A qualification and training programme for civic engagement

The LQN project’s overall objectives are the empowerment of citizens in municipalities, the acquisition of skills in project guidance for local political representatives and the validation of skills in civic engagement. These objectives will be reached through the LQN process: trained local facilitators will teach local political representatives how to guide citizens in implementing their own participatory projects, and then citizens will carry out these projects in their municipalities. This process will be implemented in 10 municipalities in Austria, Germany and Italy.

The project foresees the following outputs: a consistent design of training courses and curricula for local facilitators, citizens and local political representatives; a Competence-check tool for citizens to recognize their skills in civic engagement and a guide on the implementation of the LQN-process in the 10 model municipalities.

EAEA is one of the six partners and its role is to disseminate the project results to a wide European audience via its networks. Additionally, EAEA will work on the development of the Competence-check tool. At the end of the project, EAEA will also organise a multiplier event in Brussels where the project results will be presented and where a networking event on civic engagement and rural development will be organised.

Text: Clémence GarnierPhotos: The LQN project

28.11.2022 advocacy

A wider access to Erasmus+ programme is needed in Eastern Europe

EAEA urges the EU to offer more opportunities for participation of Eastern European non-EU countries in the Erasmus+ programme.

28.11.2022 advocacy

2022 - a year that will shape the adult learning and education of the future?

2022 has, so far, been a very eventful year for adult learning and education at the European and international levels. Together with civil society partners, EAEA has been bringing the voice of adult learners into the discussions and negotiations on several key adult learning policies.

18.11.2022 access

Call for urgent action to mitigate the impact of the energy crisis and inflation on ALE provision

European adult learning and education organisations are ringing the alarm bell: the energy crisis and inflation in Europe are spreading far and wide and are starting to show their negative impact on the adult learning and education (ALE) sector. EAEA calls for urgent action to mitigate the impact of the energy crisis and inflation on ALE provision and to ensure access to learning opportunities for all adults.