EAEA Grundtvig Award 2016

The submission for the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2016 has been closed.

Each year, the EAEA celebrates innovation and excellence in adult education. The EAEA Grundtvig Award highlights project results that produce new ideas, new partnerships, new methodologies and a new understanding how we can work in adult learning.

In 2015, more than one million people – refugees, displaced persons and other migrants – have made their way to Europe , a number that continues to increase. Europe is facing today a global challenge and urgent actions are needed to face the humanitarian catastrophe we’re all living. As EAEA has pointed out in its statement "(…) adult education providers and civil society organisations can provide fundamental support to respond to the arrival of refugees and to their long-term inclusion in their host countries (…)".

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Almost in all European countries, informal civil society movements based on volunteers’ solidarity have efficiently organised urgent measures or supplied basic needs, while traditional governmental responses have taken more time or were lacking. These initiatives not only save lives, but also increase the level of protection of the new arrivals and decrease their vulnerability. Adult education providers have welcomed the newly arrived, too, and are offering a wide range of courses, from language learning to information about services and systems to intercultural exchanges.

EAEA has decided to prioritize the issue of Adult Education and Refugees in 2016, as it represents a fundamental concern not only in terms of humanitarian rights, but also in terms of the need for more solidarity among the decision makers. It is also a major concern for many of our members, so the increase of dialogue on the topic and the involvement of the people of the host country is a key factor to take into consideration.

We are therefore looking for excellent projects that promote the learning of, with and about refugees / migrants.

Photo: ICMC/Emma Horton

Main aims:

  • To raise awareness, at a European level, about civil society initiatives on adult education for the inclusion and wellbeing of refugees on host countries, in order to make sure that these initiatives are replicated in other organisations and/or countries where needed;
  • To raise awareness for the importance of adult education for the integration of the newly arrived but also for intercultural dialogue and a venue for civil dialogue and engagement;
  • To give social recognition to adult education organisations, which are now assuming the role of giving information on the rights and options to the newly arrivals. These organisations are also being responsible for bridging the gap among cultures and promoting social inclusion in all its levels;
  • To support adult education organisations, by helping them on the development of new and coherent long term partnerships, namely, with social services, employment services, health services and humanitarian services.

Why participate?

All participants gain:
  • The certificate of attendance;
  • Appearance in the EAEA Grundtvig Award publication that will be distributed in EAEA’s events and networks;
  • International visibility in EAEA’s social media channels and EAEA website.

The winners gain:
  • Fame and honour;
  • The certificate of attendance;
  • A concrete EAEA Grundtvig Award (a piece of art or handicraft...);
  • An invitation to a person of the winning organisations to the EAEA General Assembly 2016 in Brussels, Belgium (28–29 June 2016) and the EAEA Grundtvig Award Ceremony including travel and accommodation;
  • Key slot in the EAEA Grundtvig Award publication that will be distributed in EAEA's events and networks;
  • International visibility of the project in EAEA's social media channels and EAEA website also after the ceremony;
  • Appearance in EAEA’s press-release after the competition.

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How to participate?


We will award excellent adult education and learning projects with the topic Adult education and refugees in two categories:

1. European projects:
  • EU + candidate countries need to have a transnational partnership in at least 3 countries
  • All other European countries need to have either a transnational element or have a strong national partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders

2. Projects from outside of Europe
  • We are looking for projects that have either a transnational element or a strong national or local partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders

3. Projects on national or regional levels
  • We are looking for projects have a strong national or local partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders and/or show innovative ways of working with the newly arrived and the host population and/or with a strong cooperation of adult education organisations and civil society.

Projects can but need not be supported by the European Commission. They can but need not be Grundtvig / Erasmus+ projects.

Photo: BUF Simrishamn / Charlotta Wasteson

  • The project must clearly demonstrate that it is in line with the topic “adult education and refugees”
  • It must have evidence of outcomes, such as a report, website, DVD, or any form of verification;
  • It is desirable that the project is transferable and/or useful for others;
  • The project or the initiative should be up and running for at least a few months and/or be close to completion.
  • We also accept finished projects but they should have ended within two years of the Grundtvig ceremony (i.e. June 2014).

What do we expect?

Note that the submission for the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2016 has been closed.

You may submit a description of your project in one of the following languages: English, French, German, Italian or Spanish. Entries must be received by filling in the electronic form until Monday 25th of April 2016.

If you have any printed or similar (DVDs, etc.) evidence, please send it by email to EAEA Policy Officer Tania Berman or by post to:

EAEA Office / Tania Berman
Rue de l'Industrie 10
B-1000 Brussels

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Tania Berman.