The project further develops and tests the concept "3M: Motor, Mediator and Meeting place" as a method of making adult education centres into knowledge and innovation centres in rural areas.

From the 3M perspective, such knowledge centres function as both a safe meeting place for young adults, as a mediator between different users' needs (young adults, teachers, employers) and as a motor for generating innovative approaches and ideas.

The project aims to examine how knowledge centres can help address and understand local needs and requirements in rural areas by combining the 3M approach with user-oriented design thinking techniques.

The project will train mentors to promote engagement and participation of marginalised groups (e.g. young adults with low levels of educational attainment and refugees/immigrants) and to bridge the gap between knowledge and skills.


The project consists of the following activities:

  • Compilation of e-book on knowledge centres such as 3M: Motor, Mediator and Meeting place
  • Development of a toolbox that will train and support adult educators as 3M mentors
  • Training of mentors who will be responsible for training new mentors
  • Development of mentoring programme and online platform
  • Implementation of mentoring courses for citizens
  • Preparation of policy recommendations for dissemination of project results in other national and EU organisations

The project is implemented in cooperation between:

  • Hälsinglands Utbildungsförbund, Sweden (coordinator)
  • Fundatia Cantrul Educational Spektrum, Rumania
  • Innovation Training Center S.L., Spain
  • Teachers’ Union of Ireland, Ireland
  • Thekkingarsetrid Nyheimar, Iceland
  • Knowl Social Enterprise for Education and lifelong Learning, Greece
  • VIFIN, Denmark

The project is supported by Erasmus+ and runs from 1 September 2018 to 30 September 2020.

More information
For further information, please visit the project's website: or follow the project on Facebook: You can contact Niels-Ole Ankerstjerne: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Maren Pilegaard Andersen: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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