"European policies open up spaces for literacy"

Many adult education providers remain unaware of the impact that European policies have on their everyday work. Lire et Ecrire, an EAEA member organisation, invited their partners and other stakeholders to discuss the consequences of European policies on the literacy sector.

“European policies open up spaces for literacy,” said Sylvie Pinchart, director of Lire et Ecrire Communauté Française at the seminar that was organised on 18th of October. The event aimed to present the competences of the European institutions in education and employment in a way that would be succinct, but also relevant for adult education staff.

While the influence of European policies might not always seem obvious or immediate, the representatives of Lire et Ecrire drew a clear picture of how they come into play.

As explained by Antoine Daratos, the European Qualifications Framework, the Youth Guarantee and, most recently, the Skills Guarantee, are all examples of initiatives that have significantly marked policies on the national and regional level and consequently also improved the funding.

The role of European projects, both for providers and learners, was also highlighted.

Continuous exchange

The speakers also addressed the fears, frequently voiced across the European Union, that the policies force a “one size fits all” to education.

“Europeanisation is not a single voice,” said Bernard Conter from L'Institut wallon de l'évaluation, de la prospective et de la statistique.

“It’s a process of adjustments, but also continuous exchange.”

Lire et Ecrire will contnue the discussion in another seminar that will take place on 18 November. The event focuses on the question of quality in non-formal adult education.

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Text: Aleksandra Kozyra
Photos: Lire et Ecrire