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Rural Plus
Innovative and inclusive tools for trainers and learners living in rural areas

Challenge

The European countryside faces existential challenges, ranging from declining and aging populations, to lack of job opportunities and basic services, to the risk of losing the technological train, with the consequent danger of socioeconomic and political marginalization that this entails. Despite the challenges, there are opportunities to reinvent the rural world.

Solution

Rural Plus proposes itself as a tool to further support this process, offering opportunities and tools, as well as greater synergies, to connect with rural populations, involving them in building the Union.
The project will enable the creation of activities and results that will produce immediate as well as long term impact among the local communities of the participating partners (all located in rural areas), among trainers, educators and mentors, as well as among the less qualified and the socially excluded.

Objectives, Activities and Results expected / achieved

The objectives of the project are:

  • Improve knowledge and communication by training rural mentors and using language and tools adapted to the local context;
  • Reduce the technological deficit and the participatory barrier by offering quality training opportunities that empower youth and adults, in addition to creating spaces for citizen participation through communication channels such as radio, social networks, blogs, and newsletters;
  • Promote the inclusion of youth and women in the rural world, groups that normally encounter barriers in accessing education, the job market, or access to services, but also in terms of citizen participation
  • Contribute to the creation of more cooperative and functional urban-rural links that will improve the socio-economic system of the rural world, increasing its population and thus allowing the reactivation of essential services such as education, health and transport.

The expected results are:
  • Creation of a communication and knowledge toolkit, based on infographics and digital promotional material to offer better communication of European policies;
  • Creation of a blended training for mentors that can provide them with the necessary tools to support participants in the hubs, as well as mediation and conflict resolution skills, among others;
  • Creation of an e-platform where training and activities carried out during the celebration of the hubs will be included, in order to empower people living in rural areas, providing them with resources and skills for their personal, civic and professional development.

Project Reference

2021-1-ES01-KA220-ADU-000033714

Funding


Intervention Region

EU

Total Investment

194.647,00

IPN Investment

27.444,00

Total Eligible

194.647,00

IPN Eligible

27.444,00

EC Funding – Total

194.647,00

EC Funding – IPN

27.444,00

Duration

24 Months

Start Date

2022-02-01

End Date

2024-01-31

Approval Date

2022-01-11

Consortium

Asociación para o desenvolvemento rural da Comarca de Lugo;
Asociaciòn Cultural Ingalicia;
Nouseva Rannikkoseutu;
University of Cyprus;
Associazione Culturale Enjoy Sicily

Website

https://ruralplus.eu/

Keywords

Rural Plus EU;
Entrepreneurship;
Empowerment;
Erasmus Plus;
Innovation;
Creativity;
Mentoring