ADULT EDUCATION AND REFUGEES. EAEA's new project Implementing Outreach, Empowerment Diversity (implOED) aims to engage disadvantaged adults in learning and to make education policies more effective for their needs. The topic is more relevant than ever, as Europe is facing the challenge of integrating millions of refugees.
France-based Eval-UE Association is a national network of evaluators and experts on Erasmus+, EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport.The Association now wants to include European experts on Erasmus+ to exchange their views on the Eval-UE online platform.
On 1-2 February 2016, EAEA’s Austrian member Bildungshaus Schloss Retzhof organised a Symposium on refugees and adult education. The event, to which EAEA actively contributed, represented a valuable opportunity to share experiences and discuss the directions that adult education could take in the current refugee situation.
EAEA member, the Verband der Volkshochschulen des Saarlandes (VHS-Saar), has been awarded with 500 laptops by the Google.org foundation in the framework of its project "reconnect" that aims to facilitate the integration of migrants.
As the Working Group on Adult Learning 2014–2015, set up by the European Commission, concluded its work with key findings and recommendations, the next generation of working groups is ready to start. From 2016 to 2018, EAEA will be present in the working groups on adult learning and on citizenship education.
On 19th of February, during its Board meeting in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, EAEA’s Executive Board met with the Slovenian Minister for Education Maja Makovec Brenčič.The meeting was the opportunity for the participants to present some key advocacy points for adult education in Europe.
While the long-awaited expert seminar on validation in Oslo is now over, there is still a lot to be done: namely, finalize an action plan to make validation of non-formal learning a reality. The new report from the event, drafted by Marja Beckman and Johanni Larjanko, emphasizes the commitment of adult education professionals to validation and the challenges lying ahead.
EAEA member European Prison Education Association is currently planning its 16th International Conference. The event is to be held in autumn 2017 and all organisations, agencies and institutions interested in hosting it are now invited to contact the EPEA Steering Committee.
It seems that the work of a prison educator is still an uncharted territory in the field of adult education. The EIS ALP consortium, coordinated by the EAEA member CPIP in Romania, aimed to explore it by looking at the competencies of an adult learning professional that works in the correctional criminal justice system. The project now comes to an end with a final conference in Timisoara, Romania on the 24th of February 2016, giving the participants an opportunity to not only debate the main challenges in delivering prison education, but also undergo a two-day training.
Shooting professional videos asks for quite some skills and knowledge. The project partners of “Live and Learn” have accepted this challenge. They want to produce videos about adult learners and educators with the purpose to raise awareness about adult education and increase the participation in adult learning. The project partners have already gathered first experiences from the video shootings – and now also allow a first look behind the scenes.