02.11.2012 EAEAREPORTS

Younger Staff Training 2012: gaining EU knowledge and sharing good practices

The Grundtvig In-Service training "European Adult Education and Lifelong Learning - Introduction for the younger staff", organised and hosted by EAEA, took place in Brussels during 15-19 October 2012.

During the training, the young adult education professionals learned on the European developments about lifelong learning and gained a deeper understanding on advocacy work at the European level. The group of 15 young colleagues met representatives of adult education stakeholders and European institutions and learned from each other.

Discovering EU and beyond

The group visited the Council of the EU and the European Parliament. Moreover, participants met representatives of the Commission's DG Education and Culture as well as DG Enlargement. They also got acquainted with the activities of the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL) and the Social Platform. Furthermore, the group had a chance to discuss with Mette Mørk Andersen, the attaché for Education at the Representation of Denmark to the EU.

During these meetings, a particular attention was paid to the Commission´s proposal on the new Lifelong Learning programme, currently known as Erasmus for All. Also the Council Resolution on a renewed European agenda for adult learning was in focus.

Participants had also the opportunity to discuss adult education on a global level with Alan Tuckett, President of International Council for Adult Education (ICAE).

Networking with international colleagues

A fundamental part of the training consisted of a mutual learning within the group, guided by the EAEA Secretariat. Participants exchanged their experiences on different situations at a national level and shared good practices undertaken by their organisations.

This allowed the group to identify common challenges of the adult education field and analyse possible ways of proceeding in facing them. In-depth discussions were dedicated to adult education in times of economic crisis. Also methods and tools used in lobbying for adult education were examined.

The group was composed by young adult education professionals from four European countries (Germany, Portugal, Sweden and United Kingdom), three candidate countries (Macedonia, Montenegro and Turkey) and four neighbouring countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Kosovo and Serbia).

For the young colleagues the training was a chance to investigate possible ways of cooperation with each other. It was also an opportunity to propose ideas on how EAEA could support the work of participants´ home organisations.

Participants´ feedback on the training was positive and the group declared to be very much satisfied by the outcomes of its experience in Brussels.