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EPALE focus: Equity and inclusion in adult learning

29/03/2018
by EPALE Moderator
Language: EN
Document available also in: FR PT SV SL ET NL LT IT ES SK FI PL DA DE MT HU EL CS RO BG LV HR

/epale/is/file/equity-and-social-inclusionEquity and social inclusion

Equity and social inclusion

 

EPALE's thematic focus for March is on equity and inclusion in adult learning

Participation rates in adult learning across Europe vary from country to country, but there is a common challenge that all European countries face – making adult learning accessible to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. Studies show that people with more opportunities and better education are more likely to participate in adult learning, which can further contribute to inequalities in the sector.

Here at EPALE we believe that adult learning can be a powerful tool for social inclusion and for changing people’s lives for the better. Check out EPALE’s thematic pages Social inclusion and Barriers to learning where the community and the national teams have gathered interesting articles, useful resources and case studies on the topic (content varies based on your language preference). Visit EPALE regularly for new content in March!

We would like to invite you to join EPALE’s live discussion on how to ensure optimal inclusion in adult learning on the provision and policy levels. The discussion will be in English and will take place on this page on 22 March 2018. It will be moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Simon Broek.

We hope to see you there!

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  • Linda Tangen Bjørge's picture
    I hope that part of the discussion today will touch upon the subject of how to include refugees and immigrants, and how to ensure optimal inclusion of this group in adult learning. This group is so diverse, and it is a great challenge to reach all of them. 
    Very much looking forward to the discussion today. Will not be able to join you from the beginning, but will catch up!
  • Antonella Giles's picture

    Yes, I agree that making adult learning accessible to disadvantaged groups is a challenge that all European countries face.  Up to a few years ago Malta was quite sheltered with hardly any ‘foreigners’ coming to our shores to stay.  The only people who usually visit our country are tourists who leave after a few days.  Yet, at present we are experiencing an influx of people coming to our country from other European counties to seek work and from north Africa as immigrants.  This phenomenon has been so sudden that it has caught us off guard finding us unprepared and even to some extent stunned.  The biggest challenge we are facing is the language barrier especially in schools where our teachers are not trained to teach students who do not know any English not even the basic vocabulary.

    Therefore adult learning can definitely be a powerful tool for social inclusion especially for immigrants and disadvantaged groups.  Yet, the greatest challenge now is how to reach these groups of people and expose them to these opportunities of learning.

  • Karolina Lakatosh's picture
    From my personal experience, adults are especially greatful for opportunity to present new items of knowledge in oral. Bringing to the classroom their own realias is even a bigger experience, because they share emotional connections and have a bigger dedication to the topic. An easy example, talking about networks, one of my students brought a stew reciept which she got from her aunt who got it from her sister who got it from her grandmother. It was very easy to continue with the Internet and personal networks and even easier to explain why they are useful in modern society.
  • Alexandra WOOD's picture
    I'm looking forward to the live discussion on 22 March! :) 
  • Elvan Yılmaz Sarı's picture
    kurslarımızda kursiyerlerimizin eserleri
  • Georgi SKOROBOGATOV's picture
    Riik on teinud ja kavandab uusi samme võrdsuse ja kaasatuse suurendamiseks (Loe Täiskasvanud õppijate hulk tõusis rekordilise 17,3 protsendini ja Riik sovib laiendada tööturukoolituse saamise võimalusi). Millised on aga koolitajate kogemused, head praktikad, elulised näited erinevate sihtgruppide õppesse kaasamisest? Ootame teie blogipostitusi ja allikaid EPALEsse!
  • Riina Kütt's picture
    Kutsun üles kõiki selle teema puhul EPALE-s eriti aktiivselt kaasa lööma ja arutelus osalema. 
    Haridus on üks väga oluline ning mis eriti tähtis - rahumeelne võimalus meie maapealse elu-olu paremasse tasakaalu viimiseks, kui see on praeguseks kujunenud. 
    Teemaga seonduva, aktuaalse ja mõtteid üles soojendava artikli leiab ka viimasest Sirbist.