Koning Albert II laan 15
1210 - BRUSSEL
- The organisation
- Work programme
- The team
- Adult Learning in the country
- National Stakeholders
The EPALE NSS is part of the npo Epos. Epos is a non-for-profit organisation that strengthens and enriches the international dimension and cooperation in education and training in Flanders. Besides the EPALE NSS, Epos is also the National Agency for the Erasmus+ Program, the National Support Service for eTwinning, the national Europass and Euroguidance Centre, the contact point for the European Language Label and National Relay for the European Day of Languages. Next to these EU related activities, Epos also runs two smaller programmes funded by the Flemish Government (Buurklassen and Erasmus Belgica). Epos is a cooperation between the Flemish ministry of Education and Training, VDAB (Flemish Employment and Vocational Training Service, the public employment service in Flanders) and Syntra Vlaanderen (the Flemish Agency for Entrepreneurial Training, a public Agency co-ordinating the training system for apprentices). This unique partnership ensures that all the official education and training providers in Flanders are stakeholders of the npo, and by doing so improve the real impact and benefits for the citizens.
A few of our publications:
Here's a summary of our workplan for 2017/2018:
In 2017 and 2018, with the news skills agenda in mind, we’ll strengthen our efforts to engage employers and the public employment service even more in EPALE. In our communication and promotion strategy we aim to
- network with existing and new EPALE stakeholders,
- sign a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with the EPALE stakeholder groups represented in the Epos (Erasmus+ NA) board,
- conduct workshops and/or webinars for EPALE users
- strengthen our network of EPALE Ambassadors,
- organize or participate in events for or with EPALE stakeholders,
- promote EPALE on every occasion and with all means possible.
Karine Nicolay is the EPALE-coordinator for Flanders at Epos.
Renilde Reynders, responsible for the domain 'Adult Education' in Epas supports Karine.
Flemish adults wanting to learn can look for education in the formal and non-formal adult education sector. Learning can be vocationally-oriented or not. An integrated education and training policy is being developed.
FORMAL ADULT EDUCATION
Adult education in Flanders is offered in Adult Basic Education Centres (ABECs) and Adult Education Centres (AECs).
Adult basic education is situated mainly on the level of primary education and the first stage of fulltime secondary education for reading, writing, mathematics or other basic skills. Adult basic education is offered by 13 Adult Basic Education Centres.
Secondary adult education
Secondary adult education is situated on the level of the second and third stage of fulltime secondary education. It offers a wide range of training in for example languages, cooking, ICT, etcetera. In 2013-14 there were 122 Adult Education Centres offering secondary adult education.
Higher vocational education and the specific teacher training
Higher vocational education contains professionally oriented programmes on level 5 of the Flemish qualification framework. The specific teacher training takes up a separate space in the educational field and is not linked to an educational level. Higher vocational education and the specific teacher training are offered by the adult education centres.
NON-FORMAL ADULT EDUCATION
Next to formal adult education a range of non-formal adult education is being offered.
- SYNTRA Flanders, the Flemish Agency for Entrepreneurial Training, is responsible for the co-ordination of the training towards entrepreneurship. The agency stimulates entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills and attitudes.
- VDAB is the public employment service of Flanders founded in 1989 in order to make the labour market in Flanders as transparent and dynamic as possible. With a view to reaching that goal, the VDAB offers employment services, training and career guidance.
- SoCius, the support point for socio-cultural work with adults, gathers activities from socio-cultural organisations who offer courses, lectures, debates etcetera.
- Higher education institutes, university colleges and universities, offer distant learning and evening courses for adults.
An overview of the educational system of the Flemish community on Eurypedia. Look for the subtitle 'Lifelong Learning'.
www.wordwatjewil.be, gathering courses and training from the Adult Basic Education Centres, the Adult Education Centre, the Academies for part-time education in the arts, university colleges and universities, VDAB, SYNTRA Flanders socio-cultural organisations.
Stakeholders are in the formal, non-formal and informal adult education:
- teachers and trainers
- the ‘actors of change’ (multipliers) like:
- policy-makers (key-persons of the Ministry of Education and Training, Culture, Labour, Welfare)
- professionals (unions of teachers/heads of adult education organisations, consortia of adult education, support centres in adult education (like SoCius, FARO, VOCVO…)
- education providers (the adult education organisations in the formal and non-formal adult education sectors, cultural institutions, local authorities, the ‘umbrella’ organisations, Huizen van het Nederlands, Federatie van de Basiseducatie…)
- VDAB (the public employment service also offering vocational training) and Syntra (Flemish centre for entrepreneurial training)
- social partners (unions…)
- media / journalists specialised in education
- regional authorities, networks of local authorities…