The transnational project CROSS focusing on the changed basic conditions in adult education is carried out within the scope of ERASMUS+ as a Strategic Partnership for exchanging good practice, presents and interchanges examples of “best practice” as implemented by various providers of adult education. New concepts for cooperation between public libraries and facilities offering adult education are also presented, in which case the main focus is on the “Third Place” (Ray Oldenburg) approach. This approach is chosen to reach people which never use public libraries and/or facilities offering adult education to improve their knowledge or skills.
The project, which runs from September 2019 to August 2021 with a total of 7 European adult education institutions and libraries of which Iserlohn, is the coordinating partner. From Iserlohn the city library, the European office and the VHS (leading) are involved. Besides Iserlohn’s partner city Nyíregyháza in Hungary (www.nyiregyhaza.hu), other project partners from Romania (www.bjc.ro), Spain (www.caudete.es), Luxembourg (www.rbs.lu), Slovenia (www.mkk.si) and the Netherlands (www.stichtingwerkenenleren.nl) are involved.
The aim of the project is to investigate the changed framework conditions faced by continuing education institutions and to develop new concepts. It aims at the transnational transfer, development and implementation of innovations in the field of adult education, focusing on the concept of the “third place” as a learning space.
Kick-off Meeting in Iserlohn 4 to 6 September 2019
From 4 to 6 September, representatives of the institutions met at the kick-off event at the VHS Iserlohn.
Dr. Jan-Pieter Barbian, Director of City Library Duisburg, reported on the introduction in a lecture entitled "Rivals or best friends? Shapes of Cooperation between the Public Library and the Adult Education Centre in Duisburg" on his experiences in the interplay between the City Library and the VHS.
In the subsequent World Cafe procedure, the partners get to know each other personally and the specific local situations well. On the second day, the individual partners present their previous and planned activities. This results in exciting discussions, which lead to the expectation of a result-oriented and instructive project. In the further course the participants prepare further project meetings and work plans.