Programma: Erasmus +

Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action Type: Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Call 2020

Project identification

Project Title: ArITsan – New Educational Approaches for IT and Entrepreneurial Literacy of Senior Artisans


Asociatia Pro-Xpert (Romania), 

Nkey srl (Italy),


CEBS (Poland),

MAD for Europe (Spain),

Real Time Video Ltd (UK),  

Associação Social Recreativa e Cultural Bem Fazer Vai Avante (Portugal)

Project duration: 24 months

Project Start Date: 2020-10-05

Project End Date: 2022-10-04


The project addresses to 3 from the many individuals and collective fears and vulnerabilities brought into light by COVID-19 crisis we are still facing with:

  1. our seniors are very fragile and we need to take care not only of their health and wellbeing but also of the priceless heritage they possess (from life stories to arts, crafts and mysteries) that could be forever lost after their dying:
  1. globalisation made us slaves of buying the same ”made in China” products (from furniture to cakes, same appearances, smells, tastes and sounds) and we neglect many beautiful thinks made by people in our neighbourhood, so many traditional crafts are faster and faster disappearing. But these represent not only a rich and complex interwoven tapestry combining tradition, heritage, culture, skills and design but also a mirror of the diversity of European cultural identity. In most cases, the biggest endangering on these priceless cultural values are the age of people who know and practice them – usually oldsters with artistic skills, handicraft masters, but illiterate in the fields of IT and entrepreneurship (representing indispensable competencies for making their crafts to survive).
  1. ICT skills are, sometimes, more important than writing – in these days to know or do not know how to use a smartphone, an application for online shopping or a platform for on-line communication can make the difference between life and death. Not at least, the EU itself face a strong identity crisis due to an increased lack of trust even from many EU ”fans”.


The main goal of the project:

In this context, the main goal of the project is to contribute to facilitate bigger participation of senior artisans with strong handicraft skills but illiterate in entrepreneurship and ICT and

with a high level of Euroscepticism, in educational activities aiming to improve all lacking competencies, they need in order to promote and give forward their arts and keep, in this way,

the EU’s ”united in diversity” heritage.

Project Objective
  1. enhancing the professional development of 154 adult educators by equipping them with important knowledge, improved abilities and behaviours needed to make them more flexible in adapting their educational tools to the need of a resistant and Euroscepting generation of senior artisans
  1. increasing the entrepreneurial and ICT competencies at the level of 280 senior artisans and fostering European identity and awareness both at their level and at the level of at least 21 small communities they are living in – by developing and testing new, innovative and flexible (easy to adapt) training materials that use the expertise of 7 countries