Cultural Vehicles in Education – assisting the needs of vulnerable social groups

Five years after our project ended we received this message from a lady who works in a vocational training centre in Bulgaria: “I am writing in connection with your project Cultural vehicles in education, because I was deeply impressed by its results which I have seen on the project website and in the colorful book. I had this book “Kunst als Impuls in der Bildungsarbeit”, but unfortunately I lost it at the seaside last month. Is it possible to receive it in an electronic version?  We want to use some of your ideas, because at the moment we are working with young people whom we want to involve in vocational training trough different methods including art”.


Grundtvig Multilateral Project
1 October 2007 – 30 September 2009

Project coordinator
Bielskie Stowarzyszenie Artystyczne Teatr Grodzki, Poland

Partner countries
Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Germany

Target group
Adult educators – teachers, trainers and other education staff who work with vulnerable groups, in particular: educators from care and therapy centres (day care centres, psychiatric care centres, senior citizens clubs), teachers and tutors working with learners with motor-skills disabilities, educators working with migrants, lecturers from University of the Third Age (lifelong learning for older people).

•    To improve the accessibility of learning opportunities for adults (especially those from marginalized and disadvantaged groups) through designing, testing and disseminating teaching modules based on cultural activities
•    To provide the reluctant learners with key competences for lifelong learning through developing alternative, arts-based, learning methods
•    To develop new strategies for teachers and trainers who work with vulnerable social groups
•    To prevent social marginalization and promote values of civic society through improving levels of participation in adult learning

Project description
The project met the special needs of adult learners from marginalised and disadvantaged groups. The representatives of such groups took part in pilot workshops in each partner country. The workshop program was focused
on effective motivating mechanisms which improve the accessibility of learning opportunities for adults. Various approaches and strategies were applied and feedback from workshop participants was taken into account. Four partner organizations experimented with “cultural vehicles in education” using different artistic means (theatre, visual arts, dance and music, creative writing, crafts) in order to facilitate acquiring knowledge. Many fields of science (history, geography, literature, history of art, religion, philosophy) were explored. In result, a large number of teaching techniques were collected, documented and processed to serve as a practical teaching tool. An international conference in Lithuania and an international Grundtvig Course in the Czech Republic were organized as part of the project to disseminate and exploit its tangible results.

CVE project beneficiaries speak about their own experience:
“I have never dared to do anything like this….I have never expected to discover so much…”
“This method is very useful in adult education because it is not taught in a routine and boring way. Most adults have life experience with education when the teacher lectures the students. In CVE you are not passive. It is a great fun.”
“I feel the greatest own progress even in my daily situations. Step by step something important is happening. I am changing….”
“It is one of the best methods of education of adults that I have got to know. A perfect way to build trust in adults, to make them feel relaxed, to activate and involve them. It strengthens one’s self-esteem because it uses natural skills well known for everyone
– dancing, singing. And it goes slowly but progressively, education goes step by step.”

Project website



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