On the 12th -13th of November 2015 the project partners from Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Finland gathered in Helsinki for the project kick-off meeting.
During the meeting, the scope, the aims and objectives and the planned results of the project were presented and looked into. The partners discussed in detail various issues related to the implementation of the project, such as management, financial and reporting issues, internal evaluation and communication aspects, project dissemination strategy and materials, as well as the project website, which was released on the eve of this meeting.
Moreover, during the meeting the partners presented and discussed on the contacts established with the associated partners of the project in each country, who are invited to contribute to the achievement of the project goals. They also shared their initial ideas on the integrated learning programme that will be developed in the project.
The meeting agenda also included study visits to the education institutions with the great share of seniors among their customers. Therefore the partners had the unique opportunity to visit the Helsinki City Library 10 – a modern library having a broad collection of musical recordings, equipped with versatile computer workstations and serving approximately 50 000 customers per month, many of them seniors.
The partners at the library were welcomed by the service manager Ms. Lotta Muurinen (firstname.lastname@example.org), who conducted a tour of the library and introduced main facilities and services provided there. Later on the partners were introduced to Ms. Juulia Anderson (email@example.com), a representative of the ICT Association for Seniors ENTER. She presented the activities of the association, explained how they are operating and what kind of services they provide. In turn SIH director and the project coordinator D.Malinauskienė introduced the Seniors On-line project and invited ENTER to cooperate in the implementation of its activities in Finland.
Later the same day the partners had the chance to visit the headquarters of the Workers' Educational Association (TSL) of Finland, where they were met by Mr Tuomas Finne (firstname.lastname@example.org), who presented the association - one of the biggest Finnish educational associations, providing a range of educational and advisory services to different types of customers, including seniors. The participants exchanged experience on language teaching to older adults, also discussed the main challenges faced when helping seniors to learn new technologies.
Finally, the partners shared their proposals for the next meeting, scheduled for the 7th -8th of April, 2016 in Riga.
SIH will work closely with the Medardas Čobotas University of the Third Age (MČTAU) in implementing the project activities in Lithuania.