Aldeias Pedagógicas promotes active ageing, intergenerationality, civic and family appreciation and engagement, and the physical and mental well-being of senior citizens through engagement, as they are the tour guides to days of old in three villages designed for schools and other organised groups, bringing back to life arts, crafts and traditions from the past.
It enhances the knowledge, crafts and life experience of the elderly and their connection to the rural world, making them the “Masters” of the villages: it is they who are the keepers of the knowledge of the past and who best know how to share it. Visitors follow a route through the “Village” streets, stopping at specific points, listening, watching and trying their hand at the arts and crafts of these Masters/seniors. The project also incorporates technology, such as Skype, to connect the elderly users and their family, to strengthen their bonds, as well as awareness campaigns, events and a “space” for artistic creation to develop fine motor skills, manual precision, psychomotor coordination and creativity in the elderly.
Following the first pilot test in the village of Portela, in the municipality of Bragança, funding from Portugal Inovação Social allocated to Aldeias Pedagógicas will be used to develop and expand the project in the same region, namely to the villages of Pinela (municipality of Bragança), Vilar Seco and Vale Frades (municipality of Vimioso).