Call for applications: EAEA Grundtvig Award 2014 for adult learning

Tue 04 Mar 2014 01:07:00 PM EET

EAEA is awarding adult education projects linked to World War I remembrance, peace and conflict resolution.

EAEA calls for nominations for its Grundtvig Award for innovation and excellence in adult education. This year's theme is “Remembering World War I for the Future – Adult Education promoting peace and cohesion in Europe”.

We are looking for adult education projects linked to World War I remembrance, or projects that in other ways promote peace and conflict resolution. The award is given to an organization or project consortium who present the best project in adult learning. This year, transnational partnerships are eligible to enter the competition but transnationality is not a necessity.

The EAEA Grundtvig Award highlights project results that produce new ideas, new partnerships, new methodologies and a new understanding how we can work in adult learning. The projects can include videos, photographs, books, Power Point presentations, slides and posters.

The deadline for the submission is 7 September 2014. EAEA welcomes nominations from adult education providers across and outside Europe.

Linking history and present

This year’s EAEA Grundtvig Award theme is connected to the DVV International’s and EAEA’s joint initiative Remembering for the Future that collects various activities related to World War I remembrance from Europe. The project aims at generating dialogue and reflection on World War I and linking it to the discussions of the current situation in Europe, raising awareness especially on the dangers of nationalism and xenophobia.

”With the economic crisis and rising xenophobia, Europe is now looking a lot like it did 100 years ago. The 100th anniversary of World War I offers a great opportunity to reflect on the state of Europe and see what we can learn from our history”, says Thor Rutgersson, the project coordinator and Grundtvig Assistant from EAEA.

Adult education raising awareness

Rutgersson hopes the project will increase discussion and research on the topic in Europe. The initiative collects projects and events related to WWI remembrance, and disseminates articles around the theme. Rutgersson welcomes input from all adult education providers.

“Adult education provides great tools for raising awareness and reflecting on history. Xenophobia rises out of fear, prejudice and lack of knowledge. Adult education can bring people together to learn from each other. It’s a perfect recipe for fighting xenophobia. “

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Text: Helka Repo