To encourage creative expression of thoughts and feelings on the topic of the river Danube and the Danube countries that had to do with the older people’s living environment, history and cultural identity.
To develop individual learning skills of older people for comparing and learning about other countries and cultures, reflection on intercultural competences and their widening.
To increase the participants’ European awareness.
The subtopics related to the topic of the river Danube and the Danube countries were:
- The river as a pathway for people, goods and culture.
- Traditions connected with life along the Danube.
- A bridge between the generations – Danube stories alive.
- Telling life stories.
Stage/Step 1: Giving the task of writing a personal memory story related to the river Danube and the Danube countries and a number of formulated subtopics.
Stage/Step 2: Deciding on the most exciting personal story related to the river Danube and the Danube countries.
Stage/Step 3: Learning more about the time, society, living environment, history and cultural identity in Bulgaria and in other Danube countries
Stage/Step 4: Writing a scenario and discussing the idea and the scenario with an expert in writing stories
Stage/Step 5: Searching and collecting supportive information and tools (interviews, pictures, photos, postcards, videos, art works, etc.).
Stage/Step 6: Preparing supportive materials
Stage/Step 7: Describing the personal memory stories by the respective authors
Stage/Step 8: Discussing the story with an expert, friends and relatives
Stage/Step 9: Conducting storytelling events and making changes
Stage/Step 10: Translating the written stories into a common project language ( English)
Stage/Step 11: Uploading the stories on the project website
Stage/Step 12: Deciding and publishing three of the most exciting stories in an album
56 written stories
An album Danube stories with three of the most exciting written stories of every project partner.
A book Danube stories with information about all Story-telling cafés organized in Bulgaria under the DASTO project.
A scientific publication about DASTO.
A project website in English and German languages.
A University website in Bulgarian.
Many reports and presentations, developed by the project manager.
Encouraged creative expression of thoughts and feelings on the topic of the river Danube and the Danube countries that had to do with the older peoples’ living environment, history and European identity.
Developed the individual learning skills of older people for comparing and learning about other countries and cultures, reflecting on intercultural competences and their widening.
Increased the participants’ European awareness.
Created a network of older people from the Danube countries.
Target group: older people
Age group: 55+
Pedagogical InformationIndividual learning is one of the most effective educational method because it is consistent with the individual socio-psychological features of adult learners. The Writing Story educational method is characterized by:
- Self-learning new knowledge about other European cultures and societies;
- Development of skills for reflection of intercultural competences, living environment, history and European identity.
European DimensionThe method Writing personal Stories was as part of developing and testing of oral history educational work for older people in a cross-national context. The method developed skills of old adults for reflection of intercultural competences, living environment, history, the content of the terms European identity and European awareness. The European topics included in the method are: Diversity, Heritage, Social inclusion.
Applied in projects
The project focuses on educating elderly learners about current economic issues. Danube Stories brings together organizations from different countries and different spheres of activity to work together and exchange best practices in areas such as adult social inclusion and the acquisition of new cultural and / or linguistic skills through formal and informal methods of education and training.