A jury selected by the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has chosen FILM-IN project as the winner of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2013. The Award Ceremony was held on Thursday evening the 6th of June at Mercure Hotel in Leicester, UK.
The new president of EAEA is Per Paludan Hansen from Denmark. The newly elected executive board has 11 members in addition to the president.
Sue Waddington has lead the work of EAEA the last four and a half years. She feels sad to leave the friends and colleagues, but is relieved that she will now have more time to explore Europe also outside meeting rooms. EAEA will get a new president this week's Thursday when the members gather for the General Assembly in Leicester, UK.
On the 25th April 2013 the first peer learning session of the EAEA younger staff network took place. It was organised by Marion Fields, Coordinator at the OK Study Centre, Helsinki, Finland.
One in five 15-year-olds, as well as nearly 75 million adults, lack basic reading and writing skills, states the EU High Level group of experts on literacy´s final report. At the time when the European Union commits to ensuring basic education for every child by 2030, the European Basic Skills Network organised, together with the Spanish Ministry of Education, its Annual Conference in Madrid, from the 23-26th of May.
Sweden proved to be the perfect location for a workshop to exchange experiences and knowledge in the field of learning for active citizenship. Local folk high schools are tackling unemployment, the increasing gap between rich and poor as well as racism and xenophobia, which unfortunately also Scandinavian countries are facing.
The main aim of the project is to share the results of the European Language Label Award winning "YELL Network" (www.yell-project.eu) and raise awareness of its main product the Virtual Documentation Centre which hosts an array of resources designed to improve language learning and encourage creative teaching to inspire language learning.
A Finnish education professional Riikka Vihriälä works as a Policy Officer in European Commission's Directorate-General for Education and Culture, in the Unit for Vocational Training and Adult Education. EAEA works closely with her unit in order to contribute to the development of European adult learning policies.
Commissioner for Education, Androulla Vassiliou, highlights that adult education can upgrade skills of the low-qualified and help in the challenges that ageing brings for Europe. Council of Europe reminds that supporting labour market is not the only goal of education.
United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are due 2015 and International Council on Adult Education (ICAE) is putting special emphasis on the post-2015 process. The Council has produced an advocacy toolkit called The right to education and lifelong learning: Supporting materials for advocacy in the post-2015 process.