Volunteering is strongly linked both to non-formal and informal learning. An EU report released in 2010 and indicates that, as volunteering is getting more popular, volunteers' demands are increasing in terms of experience, training and support. Among other significant findings, the study stresses that voluntary activities contribute to adult's personal development, learning skills and competences thus enhancing employability.
Twenty-seven governmental experts, heads of non-formal adult education departments and representatives of inter-governmental and civil society organisations took part in an international meeting at UIL from 25 to 27 January 2011 to discuss approaches and methods in monitoring the implementation of the Belém Framework for Action. Specialists from all UNESCO regional bureaux and from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) complemented the group.
This round table was organised by SOLIDAR and the European Civil Society Platform on Lifelong Learning (EUCIS-LLL). Education and training/lifelong learning figures prominently in the Europe 2020 Strategy as a method of promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. However in times of crisis and change, the austerity measures put in place by EU Member States are having an adverse effect by acting on investment in education and training.
The first item of the LLL Mag has been released. The Magazine will be published twice a year and tackle trending topics in lifelong learning.
Gina Ebner, Secretary General of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) and President of EUCIS-LLL, has been interviewed by Europost.
The new platform and its network aim at contributing to the ongoing and future debate in Europe on validation of non-formal and informal learning. It also shows new pathways for the realisation of a European lifelong learning area.
As part of its strategy for creating jobs and growth, the Commission has launched an initiative to boost the recognition of skills and competences gained outside school or university.
At the beginning of September the European Commission launched a recommendation to boost the recognition of skills and competences gained outside school or university.
The second European Network in Intergenerational Learning (ENIL) conference took place in Nuremberg from the 24th to the 26th of October. It was titled "Intergenerational Learning: Towards Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity" and it gathered educators, practitioners, policy makers, organisations and individuals across Europe who have an interest or are active in intergenerational learning. Also EAEA took part to the event.
Encouraging a discussion between education and development stakeholders on the challenges and opportunities for non-formal adult education: this was the aim of the advocacy workshop organised by International Council of Adult Education (ICAE), the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) and dvv international.