Kashubian Folk University

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The main areas of program activity of the Kashubian Folk University (KFU) focus on civic education, cultural (regional and intercultural) education and ecology. These are the pillars of almost all KFU’s educational and cultural activities, resulting both from tradition and the real challenges of the modern world. The general goal of KFU is to prepare students to be creative, aware citizens who care about their own development and development of the community they co-create. Perhaps the most important task since the establishment of the KFU is civic education. The social competences obtained by students in the KFU are an important complement to other competences (eg professional). Their usefulness is particularly visible in these periods when societies face new challenges related to democratization of public life, building a local community, etc. Many initiatives with which KFU appears every year testify to efforts to best fulfil this traditional KFU duty to the local and regional community. The Kashubian Folk University, preparing individual initiatives, thus maintains close ties with poviats and communes, listening to the needs of the communities concerned and animating training in the field of broadly understood civic education. Over the years, the institution has carried out many projects focused on the issues of local self-government and building the structures of a democratic state. In the last decade, KUL also dealt with the issue of improving journalist staff for the local press. The second of the most important tasks of the Kashubian UL is regional and intercultural education. It is associated with the necessity of constantly pointing to the need to live in harmony with the tradition of the region, but also to instill respect for and creatively multiply the achievements of communities living in the area of our Little Homeland. The KFU for years organizes artistic plein-airs, courses for non-professional artists, concerts, performances, annual folk ritual workshops, mediates in the exchange of artistic groups of the region with others, etc. Workshops supporting the disappearing fields of folk art are particularly strongly supported. Thanks to this, still vivid in the region are: embroidery, wood carving, weaving, pottery, plaiting or kinking. As a result, the facility succeeded, among others reactivate traditional Kashubian painting on glass. In its educational activities related to regional and intercultural culture, KUL seeks to combine tradition with modernity. The third pillar of the KUL's educational activity is ecology. On the one hand, this is due to the tradition of folk universities, where the necessity of living in harmony with nature has always been stressed. On the other - the facility is located in the Polish region, where significant areas of nature have been saved from degradation. Therefore, the activities in this area are focused mainly on creating a universal program of knowledge about the environment, shaping friendly attitudes towards nature and propagating pro-ecological ideas.

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School for Life (2 years project)
Folk high school combines traditional, original and creative methods for adult education. However, today, we come across increasing difficulties between current methods and current needs, particularly for so-called excluded and alienated groups. The objectives of this project are to combine the resources of folk high school in PL, DK, DE and SE and to develop, (by using systematic research, brainstorming, seminars, workshops and conferences, new and appropriate concepts in adult education). The aim is to include these excluded and alienated groups so they can play an active part in society and contribute rather than be marginalised from it. The outputs of the project are in the form of lectures and a series of training courses. There were first pilot courses and the knowledge and experiences gained were used for further dissemination throughout the whole Europe. There are also books published, and information distributed via CDs, websites and TV programme. The project tried to practically demonstrate that it is possible to create modern ideas in adult education by using comparative analysis of current educational needs and finding the best solutions. The ''School for Life'' by its continuation trying to provide valuable and practical answers to the XXI century challenges in civic and self-education.
European Station to Education and Information
The objective of the project was to create a new innovative system of European information for the rural inhabitants of Kartuzy District through organizing a mix of informational tools which consisted of providing 24 notice boards, publications of informational bulletin, 40 informational and educational meetings, publications of press articles in the local newspapers.
DESTILINK project realised under the INTERREG III C programme
Creating partnership concerned in developing sustainable tourism in the rural areas and in integrating local societies with researchers interested in tourism development; Improving policy of rural areas development Developing innovative and effective tools of sustainable tourism Learning through the exchange of good practices in the field of politics and instruments of sustainable tourism development in the rural areas.
AQUA Spring School about „Methods of working with adults in the rural areas
Exchanging experiences in the field of working with adults in the rural areas; Acquaintance with active methods of group working; 4-days workshops (prezentations, workshops, panels) Life-long educators , animators of educational and informational activities in teh rural areas of Middle and East Europe - all together 48 persons.

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In the educational practice of Folk Universities, cultural education is a common tool supporting the development of social, civic and intercultural skills of disadvantaged groups (including immigrants). The awareness of the importance of cultural educatio
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Coordination local and international activities. Evaluation.
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Denmark, Sweden

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