Donatella joins the EAEA staff

Fri 22 Aug 2014 01:19:00 PM EEST

EAEA’s new trainee Donatella Picciano, 29, wishes to deepen her expertise on adult education and lifelong learning.

“I believe that EAEA is a very engaged NGO in the field of adult education. I appreciate the efforts of the team in Brussels in spreading the significance and the social benefits of adult education. I am glad to take part to all this work,” Donatella says.

During her 3 months long internship period, Donatella will be introduced to various EAEA tasks. Her main focus during the internship will be in the preparation of the Remebering for the Future conference in Sarajevo in November and of the Grundtvig Award 2014 ceremony. She will also be participating in the normal work tasks of EAEA concerning communications, projects and office work.

Building European identity

Donatella considers herself as an example of adult learner. She has experienced the benefits of lifelong learning.

“I am currently enrolled in my second master’s degree programme in Germany and I am always looking for new knowledge to gain. Through lifelong learning I have gained better understanding of myself and the society.”

She sees adult education as a way of building European coherence.

“As we are in Europe, we should build up our European identity. Lifelong learning is one of the best ways to reach this goal.”

Inspired by different cultures

In her free time Donatella enjoys dancing to Latin music. She also finds inspiration in different cultures and languages.

“I love walking through the city of Brussels to discover new spaces and new faces. I love taking pictures and hearing people talk about their life experiences. I love to be in between different cultures and languages, between different ways of talking, behaving and dressing.”

Donatella Picciano

  • Comes from Italy;
  • Has a Master’s degree in Modern Languages and Cultures from the University of Bologna. Currently studying intercultural communication and European studies at the University of Applied Science in Fulda, Germany;
  • Spent a year in Cologne as an Erasmus student and studied learning and teaching of German as a foreign language in a summer school in Freiburg;
  • Speaks Italian, English, Spanish and German.