18.02.2015 IN FOCUS

Health is the theme of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2015

The EAEA Grundtvig Award for Adult Learning highlights project results that produce new ideas, new partnerships, new methodologies and a new understanding how we can work in adult learning. In parallel, EAEA launches an additional award in the framework of the Adult Education Made Accessible (AEMA) project: the Accessibility Award.

In 2015, EAEA is looking for projects that tackle health and well-being through adult education. Recent research has demonstrated the wider benefits of adult learning, including its impact on health, e.g. BeLL project. The EAEA is eager to award two best practice examples on this theme which combine innovation and excellence: one European and one International.

The broad topic of adult education and health encapsulates projects which have either a direct or indirect impact on an individual’s /a collective's health. Nominated education projects may address a health issue (mental and/or physical) specifically or take a more general approach, for example improve well-being. Ultimately, we are seeking nominations for this Award that will link this theme to an innovative education practice, for example:

  • New partnerships and stakeholders;
  • New forms of financing;
  • New outreach methods to attract disadvantaged learners;
  • New venues for learning;
  • Any other innovative forms of learning that combine adult education, health and well-being.

Please see the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2015 website for more information on how to contend for the Award.


Accessibility Award

The AEMA network tackles obstacles and barriers that hinder the accessibility to adult education. Comparative data shows that people with disabilities are the group with the lowest rates of participation in post and upper secondary educational settings, with the evident consequences on employment. Also the EU Action Plan on Adult Learning sees people with disabilities as one of the most disadvantaged groups in terms of their low participation in adult education. We are all aware that access to adult education is a key factor for inclusion.

Nominations for Accessibility Award may be made for any service or department within adult education providing courses to people with disabilities aged 16 and over, who have demonstrated excellent examples of practice to meet the needs of a learner or learners with a disability.

See EAEA's dedicated page for AEMA for more detials on the Accessibility Award.

Text: Gina Ebner
Pictures: Aura Vuorenrinne, AEMA