The DELPHI project wants to emphasise and strengthen the role of cultural heritage in non-formal learning, in inclusion processes, in finding European value frames and in creating a European identity.
To this end, the project will focus on professional development in Heritage Interpretation by building capacity among adult educators & cultural heritage specialists for delivering informal learning and European culture awareness in inspiring heritage contexts.
Heritage interpretation is the art to create a relation between the elements of a heritage site, a collection or an intangible cultural asset and the meaning making and value frame of the visitors. It creates cognitive and emotional links between the visitors and what they can discover on-site.
In the heritage interpretation competence profile and in its professional development approach DELPHI will focus on European culture and European value elements in local heritage. This will help interpreters to create links between the local and the European, to better frame local heritage within European contexts, to bring the European idea to local communities. DELPHI will also focus on the learning aspect. How can a heritage site be turned into a better learning environment? How can interpretation be used to enhance connected and critical thinking? The DELPHI curriculum and training model for heritage interpreters will focus on competences in those fields.
Heritage in this context will not be seen as a static relict from the past but as a value and meaning reference from a dynamic European population that in earlier and recent past was & is composed of groups from different cultural backgrounds. The project will focus on a multi-perspective interpretation approach as a fertile ground for an intercultural dialogue. DELPHI wants heritage interpreters to improve their competences to reveal to migrant groups as well as locals how local heritage in their (new) home village or neighbourhood is connected with Europe.
This way DELPHI contributes:
- to the social and educational value of European cultural heritage, its contribution to job creation, economic growth and social cohesion.
- to raising awareness of the importance of Europe’s cultural heritage through education, life-long learning, informal and non-formal learning, including actions to support skills development, social inclusion, critical thinking and youth engagement.
- to ownership of shared values, equality, non-discrimination and social inclusion through education, training and youth activities.
- to foster the development of social, civic and intercultural competences, media literacy, and critical thinking.
In DELPHI the consortium will also develop a comprehensive qualification framework for the professional development of both Heritage Interpreters and Adult Educators, in line with the EQF.
DELPHI will create a continuous professional development (CPD) approach based on a blended learning methodology. A holistic learning platform will be established delivering a fully-fledged learning environment which bridges learning, validation and documentation in three areas (LMS, LEVEL5 and e-Portfolio).
This way the system provides learning technologies for different target groups and covers a next important priority: Promoting innovative solutions for the recognition and supporting the validation – at local, regional, national or European/International level – of competences acquired through informal and non-formal learning.
The DELPHI Project is supported by the programme ERASMUS+ of the European Union.