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Basic skills and mobility: the two issues at the heart of the MobileBE project

by flavia lucidi
Language: EN
Document available also in: FR RO DE

The alarming illiteracy statistics in Europe

According to the latest statistics provided by the European Commission, nearly 75 million European adults lack the basic skills needed to play an active role within society. In France, for example, the ANLCI (National Agency for the Struggle Against Illiteracy) believes that 7% of the adult population aged between 18 and 65 is in a situation of illiteracy; that is, 2,500,000 people. In the face of this alarming fact, Europe is dealing with the issue by supporting the Member States' activities in the fight against illiteracy.

MobileBE: a project focused on basic education, co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme

The development of key skills figures among the priorities of the Erasmus+ programme, the European Commission's flagship programme in the field of education, training, youth and sport, whose budget for the year 2018 amounts to nearly 2,500 million euros.

The MobileBE project (Mobile Basic Education for adults), coordinated by the Hanover Volkshochshule in partnership with other European structures, will be implemented over a period of three years in the context of this programme. Infrep, the Professional Training Institution of the League of Education, is taking part in this project through two of its agencies: Cherbourg-Cotentin and Carpentras.

Launched in October 2017, this project benefits from European co-financing of almost 400,000 euros. It aims to extend basic training to adults who, because of their specific circumstances (single parents, shift workers, family caregivers, people with health problems or those living in remote areas and/or rural areas, etc), cannot follow conventional training courses which take place at a specific time and place. 

New training methods for the less mobile publics 

In order to meet the needs of these publics, the MobileBE project's objective is to develop alternative and bespoke training methods, which can also (but not necessarily) include remote or e-learning training courses.

Sixteen new training methods will be developed by the eight structures which partner the project, namely:

  • VHS Hanover (Germany) - project coordinator
  • Wiener VHS (Austria)
  • CRSA Cariñena/Zaragoza (Spain)
  • Znanie Loveč (Bulgaria)
  • Infrep (France)
  • Consorzio OPEN (Italy)
  • VHS Göttingen (Germany)
  • Västerås folkhögskola (Sweden)

Each new training method should facilitate the target public's access to training and strengthen participants' motivation, to allow an initial analysis of their needs as well as the validation of their acquired skills.

The sixteen methods will then be tested and documented during the pilot projects.



A close partnership, taking strength from its differences and its similarities

"The strength of the MobileBE partnership lies both in the diversity of the partner organisations, with their national contexts and the specific problems they are facing, and in their similarities - in terms of aims and objectives - which favours the interchange of experiences and results," says Christian Geiselmann (Volkshochshule Hanover).

The meeting to launch the project, which took place in Vienna in October 2017, enabled the partners to agree on its general implementation framework, and to launch its first phase: a collection of good practices; and a thorough analysis of the needs of their target publics. 

A broad approach to basic education

At this launch meeting, the partners learned to know one another, discussed the concept of 'Basic Education for the Less Mobile Adults' and developed it, in particular by adopting a broader approach to basic education which combines linguistic, mathematical and digital skills with behavioural and social skills: "We agreed that the fundamental goal of basic education is to allow people to participate adequately within society. This has to be reflected by a broader vision of training in the basic skills," observed Christian Geiselmann.

Two Infrep agencies involved in the project

Following this meeting, the Infrep agencies in Cherbourg-Cotentin and Carpentras defined the publics at which they wish to aim in their pilot initiatives: for the Cherbourg Agency, this will be low-skilled employees and job seekers living in rural areas or cities of less than 10,000 inhabitants; the Carpentras agency will focus on isolated women with dependent children, and on agricultural workers.

The MobileBE project website will soon be online. In the meantime, further information and any news on the project's development may be had from the following addresses: (coordinator) ; (Infrep manager of the European project) 

Do you have any questions? You can comment on this blog! 

Translation (French - English) : EPALE France

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  • Teodor GHITESCU's picture
    Rolul oricarei educatii este constientizarea formabililor asupra societatii in care traiesc si ce trebuie sa faca pentru ca tara lor sa se dezvolte durabil in armonie cu mediul natural.
    Actuala educatie, bazata pe cunoasterea dogmatica (politica si religioasa) are ca obiectiv formarea si dezvoltare mentalitatii de sluga, a companiilor transnationale prin pormovarea "mobilitatii fortei de munca", impotriva legilor naturale, obiective ale grupurilor gregare (legea habitatului, legea cuibului şi legea hranirii). 
    Invatamantul superior actual, ca si fomarea continua a adultilor, nu este orientata spre alinierea cunoasterii la filosofia de varf actuala, filosofia sistemica si modelarea simulativa socioeconomica realista, care ar ajuta noile generatii sa inteleaga caracterul productiv al educatiei, valoarea pe care fiecare profesionist o aduce  la prosperitatea tarii si beneficiile de care ar trebui sa se bucure prin munca depusa.  Mai mult atat invatamantul superior socioeconomic, cat si formare contunua (mai ales cea de nivel superior) devine tot mai toxica, prin promovarea celor 3 principii liberale de guvernare antidemocrata: privatizarea proprietatii publice catre companii transnationale, liberalizarea circulatiei averilor (pentru polarizarea bogatiilor catre oligarhia mondala capitalista) si a fortei de munca (pentru jefuirea maxima a majoritatii populatiei pe baza somajului si migratiei) si austeritate (salarii cat mai mici pentru stimularea creditelor bancare, adica alta forma de jaf international) pentru majoritatea populatiei. 
    Este pacat ca noile generatii nu remarca faptul ca indemnul de a parasi tara, pentru a cauta un loc de munca mai bine platit in UE (sau oriunde in lume), este cea mai perfida si sadica forma de spalare a creierelor, de transformare a tinerilor in sclavii marilor corporatii. 
    Oamenii invata si muncesc pentru a trai mai bine in propria tara, iar daca nu pot asta, inseamna ca guvernarea este impotriva intereslor lor si trebui schimbata (doctrina politica de guvernare), nu sa-si paraseasca glia strabuna si s-o lase prada asasinilor economici, cum se intampla acum in Romanie capitalista.
    Politica UE, este de a transforma populatia tuturor statelor aderente in slugile corporatiilor fondatoare a UE, conform legislatiei economice impuse de Bruxelles. Ori educaţie stiintifica nu este promovata nici prin EPALE, care pune în aplicare POLITICILE DE DICTATURA A OLIGARHIEI MONDIAE, nici de invatamantul superior, deoarece oamenii ar putea intelege cauza declinului economic si al armoniei cu mediul ambiant: polarizarea bogatiei private (scopul fundamental al economiei capitaliste), deposedarea intregii populatii de DREPTUL LOR CA  BOGATIILOR PUBLICE SA FIE EXPLOATATE IN INTERES PUBLIC, NU PRIVAT (care urmareste maximizarea profiturilor proprii nu binele public si dezvoltarea durabila), esenţe politicilor liberale in special a UE. 
    Treziti-va tineri pana nu e prea tarziu si nu va mai lasati sa vi se spele creierii cu tot felul de absurduri plauzibile, legate de binefaceriele UE. 
    Studiati  constitutia UE si mai ales Eurostat si veti obeserva cum DATORIA PUBLICA  a tuturor statelor UE a crescut contunuu, s-a dublat sau chiar triplat (inclusiv a Germaniei considerata cea mai dezvoltata economie a UE). 
    Cum poate fi o economie prospera cand produce DATORIE PUBLICA SPRE BANCILE PRIVATE? Cat de perfida sit toxica pentru bunastare este  o astfel de educatei economica prin care ni se spune ca ASA ESTE NORMAL, ca economia trebuie sa produca datorii publice catre oligarhi!!??