The Peer Review Transnational Peer Review for Quality Assurance in Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning (VNFIL) Extended is a project that aims to increase the transparency, market relevance, consistency and transferability of VNFIL across Europe. It supports both Member State VNFIL systems by providing a common framework and tools, as well as transnational use of VNFIL by increasing mutual trust at the European level. The second week of June saw five days of intense work for the consortium.
A policy debate on validation of non-formal and informal learning took place at the European Economic and Social committee (EESC) on the 29th June 2016. The event was organised in the framework of the Action plan for Validation and Adult education project (AVA) with the aim of presenting the final outcomes of the project. Around 70 practitioners and civil society representatives from the adult education and youth sectors as well as key policy-makers participated in the event.
Validation of non-formal and informal learning makes our labour markets more resilient and contributes to the integration of migrants and refugees by valuing the prior knowledge and experiences of people. It increases the access to lifelong learning and flexible learning pathways. Ultimately, but probably most importantly, it provides vulnerable people with a second opportunity.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2016. With the numbers of refugees increasing, some European schools for adults encounter difficulty in accommodating the growing demands for classes. The Agora Association of Adult Schools of la Verneda – Sant Marti in Barcelona has an opposite problem: although it is ready to accept migrant students, national policies keep refugees at bay.
Nowadays municipalities are facing new challenges, such as social integration of migrants, demographic and structural changes. Through the project Lebensqualität durch Nähe (LQN, Quality of life through proximity), citizens will be trained and empowered to play an active role in their municipalities and tackle local challenges through the implementation of participatory projects.
New EAEA Policy Paper "Learning and Skills for Adults in Europe" sets out objectives and recommendations for the learning and skills for adults in Europe.
With the New Skills Guarantee (“Upskilling Pathways”), the European Commission has presented an ambitious strategy for improving skills of adults all around Europe. Several Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Europe as well as civil society discussed the Skills Agenda in a meeting of the Lifelong Learning Interest Group on 30 November 2016.
While adult education in Europe faces many challenges, there are also great success stories: in 2014, Portuguese adult education associations formed new structures at the national level and established a strong platform to advocate better adult education policies in Portugal: APCEP, EAEA member since 2015. A highlight for this young organisation was the launch of the “Qualifica” Programme, a new adult education initiative in Portugal.
What are the target groups currently under-represented among the adult learners? What challenges do we face in engaging new learner groups? The EAEA Annual Conference focused on the theme of engaging new learners.
How can adult education ensure successful integration of refugees into society in the long term? EAEA invited care providers from Germany and Serbia at the event ‘Refugee Inclusion: taking stock of adult education achievements and challenges’ to share their insights.