The aim of the project “Opposing Force: How to combat the on-going drain of young adults in rural areas” is a joint development of tools for lifelong learning.

Our project is based on the research that emerged amongst youth in Söderhamn, Sweden, carried out by Ms.Lotta Svensson, PhD in Sociology at the University of Uppsala and at R&D Söderhamn. ( Background:
In the transition between school and working life all young people are facing difficult decision making about their own future. For many of the young people in the rural areas there is an additional component to ponder, namely the question if they should stay where they are or move. These kinds of decisions play an important role for the individual, but also for the regions where these young people were raised, but later in many cases move away from.

The migration of young people from more or less all small municipalities to big cities is a major concern.

• Improve the access to lifelong learning for young adults: to provide high quality AE by learning centres and facilitate an academic career by the help of local learning centres and distance education.
• Encourage and support the young adults to take over already existing small enterprises.
• Develop the use of social media and the opportunity for young adults in rural areas to inspire each other and to increase their influence on local democracy.

To develop education/training for young adults in three partnership countries: Iceland, Sweden and Romania. The results will be published in an "Opposing force" manual and inspire other learning centres/AE providers to participate in the combat.

The aim of the project is to develop new innovative tools and training for young adults. The EU has supported numerous of projects related to attractiveness of adult education and empowerment of people in rural areas also but this empowerment must continue and new and innovative tools must be developed. Our project intends to learn from the results from previous activities and inspire other regions in rural areas to combat the drain of young adults.

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Financial support: Funded by Erasmus+ programme, Strategic Partnerships for adult education
Duration: 2014 - 2016
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website and all its contents reflect the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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