First Grundtvig workshop in Croatia
VERN's professors, M. Račić and V. Krampus, lecturers at the Grundtvig workshop
The first Grundtvig workshop in Croatia was held in Zagreb from 16 to 22 October 2011, on the topic of Croatian culture and European cultural diversity. The participants have learned there about the basics of communication in Croatian and about the Croatian cultural identity, Croatian history, literature and gastronomy.
Grundtvig is the European program for adult education and part of the EU Lifelong Learning Program, in which Croatia has been participating equitably since this year. The Croatian institutions and entities were presented with a possibility to apply for workshops in the field of adult education, and the best rated project proposal was the one by the company WYG consulting, which was granted non-refundable funds from the European Union (you may find more information about the project at the web page www.learn-in-croatia.eu).
Our professors Marta Račić and Vicko Krampus were engaged as the leaders of four workshops of this project, where they worked with 15 adult participants from different European countries: Ireland, Great Britain, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey, and the working language was English. The workshops thematically covered the basics of communication in Croatian and practical application of the learned content, overview of Croatian literature and traditional meals from regional gastronomy.
Within the workshop, the participants have visited the Trakošćan castle, the Krapina Neanderthal Museum, and the Croatian Museum of Naïve Art in Zagreb.
By discussing the similarities and differences between what they hear or see and what they know and what are parts of their cultures, the participants have developed intercultural competencies which are becoming more important today, considering ever more fierce questioning of multiculturalism of the European societies.
Ključne riječi: Marta-Racic