Susana Pinto Oliveira

EPATV – Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde (Portugal)

Nominated by APCEP – Associação Portuguesa para a Cultura e Educação Permanente

  • EAEA Board member since 2013;
  • APCEP Board member since 2015;
  • EAEA Vice-President since 2015.

I am working at EAEA member EPATV – Escola Profissional Amar Terra Verde, a VET school and adult education centre in the north of Portugal. At the school, i am in charge for searching for more and better conditions for social integration of the students (young adults), but i am also involved in transnational cooperation. I was responsible for the implementation of one of the first 50 centers of VNFIL in Portugal and I am working in this field for more than 15 years.

I am also a Board member of APCEP – Associação Portuguesa para a Cultura e Educação Permanente, the umbrella association in Portugal, and EPALE ambassador. I am an EAEA board member since 2013 and one of its vice-presidents since 2015.

How would you like to contribute to the work of EAEA? How would you like to bring in your experience and expert knowledge in adult education?

Building on my current experience both in international project cooperation and management and in validation of formal, non formal and informal learning, my contribute can continue to help EAEA to growth as an organisation which leads several projects and is growing also in southern European countries. By gathering souhtern european countries and increasing cooperation, we are also increasing EAEA’s lobbying tools, expertise & diversity.

On the last years, a strong advocacy tendence for adult education has been also developed in Portugal. This is very much due to the fact that organisations and policy makers recognise EAEA and its members as credible institutions.

What are your motivations to candidate? Is there anything that you would like to improve or change in EAEA?

EAEA is a very important part of my professional and personal life: being active on European level, gives us the opportunity to work for a change in people’s mindsets in what concerns adult education. It is a constant challenge in terms of innovation and sustainability. This is exactly what I would improve (if I could!): adult education seems to need for a continuous justification for its need. I expect to continue to be able to build bridges among the southern European countries, but also within the Younger Staff Network, which is actively engaged in a peer learning strategy and is very supportive.

Which other information about you would you like to share with the EAEA members?

  • 40 years old;
  • married, with one child, a girl with 9 years old;
  • love to read, love to travel, love doing Geocaching;
  • passionate, always looking for new inspirations; 
  • diligent and actively engaged on my interests.