Adult learners and educators are themselves the strongest advocates for adult education, when giving them a possibility to share their views and experiences. The Erasmus+ project Live and Learn took up that approach by producing short documentaries that portray adult learners and educators and their individual careers in education. While audio-visual stories are now a big trend in communication and advocacy, the project videos are the first international video production on adult learning.
"I always thought I had capability for more. Persist and never give up," says Idalina from Portugal.
Adult learning gave her a second beginning - forced to drop out during her initial education, after 30 years she finished school and started university studies. Now with her own legal practice, she recounts her story and the challenges she faced in a short documentary, which is part of the Live and Learn video series.
"It feels like you're coming home." This is what Lee was told when, in a life-changing decision, he decided to go back to learning as an adult. This short documentary tells the story of a unique learning pathway, one that had a positive effect not only on employment prospects, but also on family relationships - a story of really coming home.
During the lifetime of the project, eight videos in four different countries were produced. Each country features two videos, one of a learner, one of an educator. The project was coordinated by the EAEA member Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation.
The project has come to an end at the end of August, but the videos will remain available on the Vimeo channel of the European Lifelong Learning Magazine Elm. They are a free resource for anyone to use, quote and spread.
Text: Raffaela Kihrer
Picture: Live and Learn project