With the New Skills Guarantee (“Upskilling Pathways”), the European Commission has presented an ambitious strategy for improving skills of adults all around Europe. Several Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Europe as well as civil society discussed the Skills Agenda in a meeting of the Lifelong Learning Interest Group on 30 November 2016.
ADULT EDUCATION & REFUGEES. One and a half years after the climax of the so-called “refugee crisis”, people are still fleeing Syria and the contact zones in the Middle East in great numbers, searching a safer life in Europe. The inclusion of the newly arrived and a certain hopelessness regarding this challenge have dominated the political debate for the majority of this period. What can adult education do to include refugees and migrants in society? A policy debate organised by EAEA in September searched for answers.
While hardly anyone would disagree with the impact of non-formal adult education on active citizenship, social inclusion and well-being, the current state of financing adult education in Europe (and beyond) suggests otherwise. Drawing on the outcomes of the EC Working Group on Financing Adult Learning from 2013, the FinALE project explores several aspects of financing adult learning. The project seeks to develop different tools and indicators that can be used for advocacy at local, national and European level.
“We must think big again and re-vision education in a changing world,” writes Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, in the new publication Rethinking Education: towards a global common good? Education stakeholders from across Europe gathered to discuss how education could be re-imagined in the 21st century
The universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were approved in September 2015 - now back to business as usual until the deadline for their implementation approaches? Shrinking spaces for civil society challenge non-formal adult education and values it seeks to convey, such as active citizenship and political engagement. These values, however, are crucial for achieving the SDGs, stressed the participants of the advisory group meeting which took place in Brussels in September 2016.
The FORINER project is building its network of pilot partners to implement various projects around prison education in Europe.
A new accreditation process enables adult education providers to monitor and make visible their improvements in accessibility.
Online tools or kilometres between learners are not obstacles in creating a sense of community in learning. The AE-PRO project demonstrates that committing people to online adult learning can be done if there are motivated learners and enough interaction.
Smartphones can be an effective tool in learning – but how do we make sure that students use them safely? The Smart Generation project consortium is finalising the Pedagogical Model, which will help teachers and educators run workshops on media education.
The DIMA partner meeting in Bratislava, held in early November, marked an important step in the project development: having finalized the content of the toolkit, the partners are now preparing the curriculum and its subsequent implementation.