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Source of Funding: EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014
Program: NGO Activity Support Measure (2009-2014)

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Project will develop a new method for non-formal education in Latvia.
The project's aim is to present the basic principles of study circle method to the Latvian society, to share examples of best practices and promote the method in Latvia and Europe.
Main activities: introduce participants with the Latvian educational development concept, especially in non-formal education and lifelong learning issues, experience exchange visit to the project partner;, translation of study materials, adaption of the method to the Latvian situation, trainings of coordinators and participants in the regions, local study circle groups, attracting volunteers and new Association members.
Target group: NGO members, inhabitants.

Project results: Culture and Education Studio NGO Talent City project "Democratic study circles" (project number: 2012.EEZ/DAP/MIC/076) promoted widely used method in Scandinavia for non-formal adult education - study circles.
The goal was to train Latvian citizens and non-governmental organizations representing them , about the study circle method , its guiding principles, to share good practices and promote and spread the method in Latvia and Europe.
Project implementation period was; from 01-07-2013 to 31-12-2015.
During the project period NGO has conducted trainings about study circle method in 4 regions - Vidzeme, Kurzeme, Latgale and Zemgale, as well as 2 capacity building trainings for Talent City members.
Project partner – Norwegian Adult Education Association (VOFO).
Additional materials in cooperation with our Norwegian partner Sturla Bjerkaker have been translated for the study circle methodology, participants have received those materials during trainings and they are available on the project website: studijuaplis.weebly.com.
The project home page will be continued and extended also after the end of the project.
The NGO Talent City has added 42 new books to its resource library and will continue to update its resource library for study circles.
A DVD video brings together all the experience gained during the project. Video can be found on project website as well as on Youtube.
The final panel discussion was attended by 20 Latvian culture ambassadors and we jointly evaluated the results achieved and lessons learned by promoting study circles method.
At the beginning and at the end of the project NGO carried out a survey in social networks, in order to find out what the awareness of the population about the democratic method – study circles – and understanding of non-formal education was before and after the project.
The implementation of the project for NGO "Talent City" provided an opportunity to work more actively, to absorb new knowledge, take part in the development of NGO sector on local, national and international levels, to engage in the membership of Latvian Civic Alliance network as well as in two international NGO networks in Europe - ESREA and The Learning Teacher Network.
In addition, during the project, our NGO increased its capacity, the internal processes system was set up, and we carried out two SWOT analysis, created the European development plan of organization, as well as a project website. Society has updated its resource library with useful study circle materials for planning future study circles
The details of the method and the project can be found on the website: studijuaplis.weebly.com and on NGO Talent City website: www.talantupilseta.lv

Our Norwegian partner and study circle expert Sturla Bjerkaker brought to Latvia his training materials about study circles and lifelong education. The materials were translated into Latvian and distributed to participants. Together with our NGO youth we discussed also the possibility of adaption of study circles to the new reality when so much information can be found on Internet. We got some great new ideas about cross-sectoral study circles, but those ideas should still be developed further. Partnership has strengthened our capacity and added European and Nordic value to the project.

Supported by the EEA Grants. Case number: LV03. Programme name: „NGO fund”

Project number: 2012.EEZ/DAP/MIC/076
Project approval date: 20.06.2013.
Project contract date: 07.08.2013.
Status of the project: Pabeigts
Name of Project Promoter: Talent City
Type of Project Promoter: Association/Foundation
Name of project partner: Norvēģijas Pieaugušo Izglītības Asociācija
Project implementation region(s): Riga Region
Project duration, months: 30
Total eligible costs (Programme co-financing and Project Promoter’s contribution): 49800.51 EUR / 35 000.00 LVL;
Programme co-financing (EEA Grants – 95%): 42579.44 EUR / 29 925.00 LVL;
Programme co-financing (State budget – 5%): 2241.02 EUR / 1 575.00 LVL;
Project Promoter’s contribution: 4980.05 EUR / 3 500.00 LVL;
Legal address: Lubānas iela 60 k-3—4, Rīga, LV-1073
Phone No.: 22131435
Fax: -
E-mail:
Website: www.talantupilseta.lv

Link to a website of the EEA Grants Managing Authority in Latvia: www.eeagrants.lv
Link to a website of the EEA Grants Financial Mechanism Office: www.eeagrants.org

 


Date of printing: 10.08.20