EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2017. A combination of agricultural and literacy skills can lead to an improvement in the quality of life. The winner of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2017 in the international projects category, Ndarugu Community Learning Centre in Kenya, offers an example on how it’s done.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2017. Supporting prison inmates in learning and giving a voice to those who rarely get it heard were among the aims of the Second Chance project. The winner of the European category coordinated by CFA Jacint Verdaguer in Spain, focused on prison education.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2017. By engaging a diverse group of learners with different literacy skill levels the Letters for Life project managed to increase the wellbeing of its target group. The winner of the EAEA Grundtvig Award 2017 in the national projects category also succeeded in creating a community around adult literacy in the Coimbra area in Portugal.
What are the target groups currently under-represented among the adult learners? What challenges do we face in engaging new learner groups? The EAEA Annual Conference focused on the theme of engaging new learners.
EAEA has awarded adult education projects in its 14th annual EAEA Grundtvig Awards. The three projects selected were awarded for being successful in engaging new learners.
ENGAGING NEW LEARNERS. Intergenerational learning is more than just wisdom being passed on from grandparents to their grandchildren. It can also be seen as a low-threshold method of non-formal teaching and learning.
In spite of the many best practices that showcase the benefits of adult learning, little research has been done yet to investigate the correlation between adult education and its impact on the economy. However, more and more often, funding for adult learning schemes depends on the availability of data that gives clear indications on the cost-benefit-ratio of learning. At the same time, people warn that focusing on the economic outcomes of adult education might lead to neglecting the intrinsic value of non-formal adult learning. A workshop in Porto on 5 April 2017, organised in the framework of the FinALE project, spotlighted these issues.
PROJECT NEWS. The Erasmus+ project Lebensqualität durch Nähe (LQN, Quality of life through proximity) aims at developing and testing a comprehensive qualification programme for committed citizens in rural municipalities in order to train them for active citizenship and for active participation in shaping of their local living space. The first training module for LQN local facilitators took place in May 2017 in Upper Austria.
ENGAGING NEW LEARNERS. As the societies are becoming more divided when it comes to the digitals skills of citizens, the need for the progress of learning methods addressing them grows.
With the release of a communication on improving and modernising education, the European Commission has presented an ambitious strategy to modernise and increase investment as well as accessibility in the field of education. The Lifelong Learning Interest Group wants to make sure that the principles are applied from the perspective of lifelong learning. Representatives from the Maltese Presidency of the European Council and DG EAC of the European Commission as well as civil society representatives discussed the principles of inclusiveness for improved and modernised education in a meeting on 21 March 2017 at the European Parliament.