Riga, December 3-4 2007
Organised by EAEA and NVL
The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) and the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) is organising a conference on the theme of Equal Opportunities for All on December 3 - 4, 2007 in Riga, Latvia.
The goal of the conference is to offer the following opportunities:
- Come and learn in an international environment;
- Identify and discuss the burning issues on Equal opportunities;
- Disseminate achievements from projects, working groups and networks, transfer ideas into new context.
The conference will address the field of equal opportunities in the lifelong learning perspective and allow the participants to be active and share their points of view during the open space conference.
Leaders and decision makers will be able to discuss policy issues and shape the recommendations for further action.
The workshops will provide a learning arena for everyone offering good practice case presentations and the possibility to establish and renew contacts for further cooperation as well as discuss the ways of transferring the project results and ideas to new learning contexts. A poster session will summarise the workshop results and also allow projects to make their results visible and disseminate among the conference participants.
The following themes have been planned for the workshops:
- Learning in later life
- Consumers as learners
- Gender issues
- Migration and participation
- Access to full citizenship
- Learning difficulties
Case study presentations
The conference language will be English. The conference is free of charge.
EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults) will have the General Assembly 2007 on Monday, December 3 9-12.
A statement from the conference will be produced with the aim to be used for further policy work nationally as well as the regional and European levels.
Sunday, December 2
13.00 - 15.00 Sightseeing in Riga by bus with a few stops in the Old Town.
Monday, December 3
Registration of participants
9.00-12.00 General Assembly of EAEA PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE IN TIME. GA IS NOW ON Monday December 3.
Optional: You can choose between three different study visit venues.
11.30 - 13.00 Lunch
13.00 - 13.10 Opening of the Conference,
Secretary General of EAEA Gina Ebner
13.10 - 13.15 Address by the Council of the Baltic Sea States
Ambassador Valdis Krastins, Chair of the Committee of Senior Officials
13.15 - 13.30 Address by the Ministry of Education and Science, Latvia
Prof. Baiba Rivza, Minister of Education and Science
13.30 - 14.30 Key-note by the Council of Europe
Ms Ol÷f Olafsdottir, Head of Department, Directorate General IV Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport
14.30-15.00 Coffee Break
15.00-15.30 How high is the threshold to learning?
Fredrik Bj°rkmann Johansen, learner, Norway
15.30-17.30 Open Space Conference
Oleg Chikurov, President, Pskov Regional Adult Education Association
19:00 Grundtvig Award Ceremony and Dinner in the Museum of History of Riga and Navigation
Tuesday, December 4
09.00 - 09.30 Key note by the EU Commission
Ms Meglena Kuneva, EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection
09.30 - 09.45 Introduction to the workshops
09.45 - 12.30 Parallel workshops
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.30 Poster presentations of workshops and projects
14.30 - 15.15 Key-note by UNESCO
Ms Bettina Bochynek, programme specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
15.15 - 15.30 Statement from the conference and closing, NVL