The fourth AE-PRO partner meeting took place in Lisbon, Portugal, between 26th and 27th of November. It was an opportunity for the project partners to discuss the 'European e-training for Adult Educators', the course that the project consortium organised during this year, and the main outcome of the project.
In occasion of the international day of people with disability, EAEA celebrates the important activities of the AEMA network. The aim of the project is to develop systems to evaluate the accessibility level of adult education providers and the competences of the accessibility experts.
The recently launched DIMA project aims to create a practical and innovative toolkit for developing, implementing and monitoring adult education strategies. Through that, adult education providers and local and national authorities will be enabled to actively contribute to adult education policies at the national and European levels and thus to increase adults' participation in education and training.
The new study published by the European Commission concludes that adult learning policy could be made significantly more effective through a more systematic collection of data, and a more rigorous approach to evaluation to enable Member States' policy actions to be monitored against their objectives.
After working at EAEA for over 14 years, Valentina Chanina leaves the position of Office Manager. During such an extensive period of time she made a great contribution to the development of the organisation by running the daily business of the office, taking care of all administrative and financial issues, collaborating with the staff, with members and partners and attending numerous conferences and events, promoting adult education and lifelong learning.
EAEA's Board Member Niamh O'Reilly has been appointed as the new CEO of AONTAS, the Irish National Adult Learning Organisation. Currently Head of Strategic Development at AONTAS, Ms. O'Reilly will take up her new position on January 1st 2016.
At its Annual General Meeting, National Institute on Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) members voted to accept changes that will pave the way for full merger with the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion (CESI/Inclusion) and to becoming the Learning and Work Institute from 1 January 2016. NIACE is EAEA's British member organisation and a key player in European adult education field.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved in September 2015, set the policy targets that should be reached everywhere by 2030. EAEA Membership and Events Officer Raffaela Kihrer (RK) asked Katarina Popović (KP), the Secretary General of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), about the role of adult education in the new goals.
Adult educators very often use innovative training methods in the classroom, but struggle when it comes to sharing their experience in journals or blogs on adult education. The project "Let Europe know about Adult Education" (LEK-AE) tackles this issue by developing a curriculum for adult educators in journalism.
The lobbying efforts of EAEA and its partners have been successful as education has been left out from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), currently being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. According to the latest documents published on the European Commission's website, public services are to be excluded from the agreement.