EAEA Grundtvig Award 2017

Theme: Engaging new learners

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 2017, the EAEA Grundtvig Award will be given to a project successful in engaging new learners.

One of the key challenges in adult education is often described as the ‘Matthew effect’ – those who have will be given more and those who don’t will have less. This means that those who already have higher levels of education are more likely to participate in adult education. Partly this is due to the fact that they are more likely to be in the kinds of jobs where their employers offer training through their companies, but also because they more likely have positive experiences with learning and are therefore more likely to participate voluntarily.

Adult education organisations have been very creative in reaching out to new learners, and this year’s EAEA Grundtvig Award will celebrate these initiatives. This is particularly important within the policy context – the Council Recommendations on ‘Upskilling Pathways’ have just been launched, and one of the objectives is to reach out to new groups of learners.

Main aims:

  • To raise awareness, at a European level, about adult education initiatives for engaging new learners;
  • To raise awareness for the importance of adult education when it comes to helping people out of the ‘low-skills trap’;
  • To celebrate the creativity when reaching out to new learners.

Photo: Tamarcus Brown

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:
  • Recognition and honour;
  • The certificate of attendance;
  • An EAEA Grundtvig Award (a piece of art or handicraft);
  • An invitation to a person of the winning organisations to the EAEA General Assembly 2017 in Girona, Spain (27/28 June 2017) 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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Who can participate?

We will award excellent adult education and learning projects with the topic "Engaging new learners" in three categories:

1. European projects:
  • Projects of EU + candidate countries that have a transnational partnership in at least 3 countries;
  • Projects of other European countries that have a transnational element.

2. International projects (from outside of Europe)
  • 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
  • Projects implemented on national or regional levels that have a strong national or local partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders and show innovative ways of working with new learners.

We welcome nominations from European Commission (Grundtvig/Erasmus+) funded projects or projects which are funded elsewhere.

  • The project must clearly demonstrate that it is in line with the theme “engaging new learners”;
  • It must have evidence of outputs 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 presentation of a learner’s story will be seen as a plus;
  • 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 2015).
  • We are looking particularly for projects that demonstrate creativity and new forms of working with learners who have not participated in adult learning previously

Photo: Chiawei Lin

How to participate?

The call for submissions for this year has ended. The winners will be announced at the EAEA General Assembly on June 27th and on EAEA website.