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Wiener Volkshochschulen has been involved in European project activities since 1995, when Austria joined the European Union.

Currently, we are involved in eight different projects. Feel free to contact us if you need more information:


Library of Things

Library of Things (LoTs) describe non-traditional collections where people can access a Pool of different items from tools, electronic devices to travel accessories, according to the Motto "borrow instead of buy". These LoTs are all different in their offerings and strategies, but they are all equal because they are part of the sharing economy. Many of them are supported by public events and educational programs.
The project "Library of Things" initially aims to spread the idea of LoTs in the partner countries and beyond. Since LoTs are working together for the first time in a European project, we focus on the exchange of information and the development of ideas promoting Sharing Economy. Secondly, we try to attract new target groups to our libraries by forming mixed groups of participants for workshops in all the countries involved. We see the opportunities to bring together different parts of a society of valuable means to support the idea of solidarity, but also to empower people about sharing economy and offer them shared experiences compounding for a conscious life.

Project life span: 2019-2021

Mobile basic education for adults

In the MobileBE project we develop new methods for offering basic education (literacy, numeracy, IT) to adults who, due to special circumstances of life, are not able to participate in traditional or existing education. The methods will be custom-made for the target groups so to enable them to engage in learning activities. The methods will answer the problems these groups face regarding attending events at a given time or place (therefore "mobile"). The methods may (but do not necessarily) include forms of distance learning or e-learning. 16 new methods will be developed by 8 partner organisations in 7 countries.

Project life span: 2017-2020

Be Smart Strategic Partnership for Excluded (SPADE)

Adult education organizations from eight EU Member States have set up a strategic partnership dedicated to the Europe 2020 strategy. It is estimated that up to 45% of adults in the European Union without basic digital competence are already excluded, discriminated, or unfit for work. That is why the European Commission sees the key role of adult education in the development of digital competence. As a result of the cooperation leading to the proposal, the educational project "Be Smart Strategic Partnership for Excluded (SPADE)" has been developed, the overriding objective of which is to involve all types of activities involving people at risk of digital exclusion because of the age and the deficits in education.

Project life span: 2017-2020

EU-4-UM: European Union for the inclusion of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors

In view of the migration flows some European countries are confronted with, several international and European reports have recently raised the issue of unaccompanied foreign minors. In an effort to harmonise the practices and strengthen equity to the non-accompanied foreign minors, the reports note a high demand for training of actors on the ground (particularly social workers, educators, psychologists, legal experts) who are in contact with this population.

Project life span: 2017-2019

DEMOS Democracy and Equality Matters for Our Society - Political participation

The value of democracy is at stake in Europe. In some countries, a sceptical or negative attitude to democratic processes has emerged. We also see the rise of political parties that reinforce this scepticism as well as the emergence of more authoritarian forms of government. It is becoming increasingly evident that substantial sections of European societies have either lost faith in the democratic process or feel there is no point in participating.

Project life span: 2018-2020

RISE Realising Integration through Social Enterprise

The RISE Project aims to support the integration of long-term unemployed and immigrants into the labor market through the mechanism of social enterprise. It will adopt a dynamic and inclusive approach to the capacity building of individuals who have fewer opportunities by enabling them to become active agents in the enhancement of their personal, social and economic lives. The contention is that there is significant potential in the social enterprise model to bring about successful progression outcomes which will also be contingent on close collaboration with local business/enterprise experts.

Project life span: 2018-2020