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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Barriers to learning

Fine Gael TD Noel Rock has introduced a Plain Language Bill in the Dáil (Irish government) on the 31st January 2019. Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has also introduced a Plain Language Bill in the Seanad. Both parties have been working with the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) to develop the bill. NALA released the following message about the bill: 

Population over 60+ in Europe is increasing fast due to the raised life expectancy and the decline on birth rates. This progressive and profound demographic change that Europe is experiencing has entailed changes in the economic, social and technological structures. Such changes have been demonstrated in an alteration of the European Union priorities. In this sense, seniors have consolidated as one of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups of society and their social inclusion has become a major concern.


Ayşe Ekin applied to Siirt Public Education Center for literacy test. However, she said that her physical disability could not let her come to the center. Therefore, his disability was judged by central authorities and they were decided to offer her to serve at her house. The commission of inspection was established by the center. The commission tested her literacy at her home. Ayşe was entitled to receive a literacy certificate. She was given the certificate by the deputy director of the center of the certificate house.

COORDINATOR ORGANIZATION: ICCF (BULGARIA) PROJECT PARTNERS: 1. BULGARIA (2 ESTABLISHMENTS) 2. PORTUGAL 3. ENGLAND 4. HUNGARY 5. GERMANY 6. GREECE 7. ITALY (2 ESTABLISHMENTS) 8. BELGIUM 9. TURKEY 10. NORWAY 11. CZECH REPUBLIC 12. SWEDEN        THE ROLE OF KADIKÖY PUBLIC EDUCATION DIRECTORATE IN THE PROJECT · PROJECTS TO ORGANIZE IN TURKEY their · CONTRIBUTING TO THE QUALITY ASSURANCE OF THE PROJECT · PUBLISHING PROJECT RESULTS IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL LEVELS · PROVIDING THE WEBSITE AND THE NETWORK MATERIAL, TURNING THE WEBSITE TO TURKISH · PROVIDING TRANSPARENCY OF PROJECT APPLICATIONS · FINDING MATERIALS FOR AWARENESS · CONTRIBUTING TO THE PROJECT OUTPUTS AND CONTRIBUTING TO THE INTERNAL ASSESSMENT OF THE PROJECT   KAHEM HALİ READY ILLIAD GOOD PRACTICES ARE IN THE WORKING GROUP: · CONTINUING THE DATABASE OF APPLICATIONS AND PROJECTS · LEARNING FOR THE SUMMARY OF ILLIAD GOOD PRACTICES · CONTRIBUTING TO OTHER SUBJECTS OF NETWORK IN THE SAME TIME · PROJECT BETWEEN THE TARGET GROUP OUTPUT of the DISSEMINATION IN TURKEY · TO MAKE COLLABORATION WITH THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION FOR THE PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION AND ACHIEVEMENT OF ACHIEVEMENTS   PURPOSE OF THE PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Those who do not know how to read or write a project, who do not know functionally, who can not find education in foreign language education and foreign students can not find the target. ILLIAD NET aims to provide intercultural dialogue in the field of data sharing, exponential growth, selection of samples, selection of good practices, multicultural and multicultural society. THE PROJECT PARTNERS WILL FOCUS ON 3 TOPICS:     1. INCLUDING DIFFERENCE     2. LESS SUCCESSFUL OWNERS AND LANGUAGE TEACHING METHODS FOR NOT KNOWLEDGE OF READING     3. ILLIAD GOOD PRACTICES   THE ADULTS WILL NOT BE KNOWLEDGE OF READING AND FUNCTIONALLY, THE ADULT TO BE READING AND WRITING TO BE WRITTEN, IS DEZAVANTAGED AND DEFENSE. THE DIFFICULTY OF READING WRITING SKILLS IS UNBEATABLE FOR SOCIAL AND PERSONAL AWARENESS IN EARLY (SECOND) LANGUAGE. Increasing the awareness of the problem, improving the good practices in foreign language learning, meeting the learning needs of this target group will increase the chance of this target group to participate in lifelong learning. Foreign language proficiency provides communication facilities, social integration and intercultural communication. Due to the lack of basic qualifications in Europe, foreign language learning is not possible, either illiterate or has limited ability to read and write. ILLIAD aims to overcome this obstacle and to develop opportunities for foreign language learning for illiterate adults. Migrants and minorities are at risk of lacking in social status and employment opportunities if they are illiterate. Gaining foreign language learning skills provides the target group with the opportunity to be involved in society, become an active citizen and be involved in the labor market. The project partners will work to improve foreign language learning by developing practical methods and practices. Literacy is often seen in minorities, migrants, women, prisoners and socially disadvantaged people. Another aim of the project is to increase literacy, learn foreign language and learn to learn.
With the principle of 'Learning from the Learning Individual to the Learning Community' learning festival that was held by Koçarlı Public Education Center at Koçarlı Cumhuriyet Square.

The economy is a concept that is constantly present in our daily lives. Whether we’re talking about work, health care, education, or politics, these contexts are shaped by supply and demand, competition and efficiency. However, among the adult population, there is often a lack of knowledge about how markets work, and this can create confusion and uncertainty, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

To bridge this gap, partners from across Europe implemented a project with the aim of developing tools and methods for trainers to enhance their skills in economic education, and to encourage them to implement economic education in their classes with adult learners.

1 April 2019
by daniele trevisan

Dear adult educator,

You’ll probably agree that good results in learning dose not depend only on your efforts as an educator; just as important is the contribution of your partner in the learning process – the learner.

The learner should systematically be involved in reflecting their studies in order to avoid losing study motivation. The most important questions for the learner always include: How do I manage my time wisely? How to determine the key aspects in a large flow of information and keep them accessible? How to uphold study motivation?

19 February 2019
by Tiina Jääger

European policies and the national policies of Belgium, France and Luxembourg focus on access to training by persons who are less qualified and alienated from the work place.  The teams of EPALE (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe) and EAAL (European Agenda for Adult Learning) from these three countries have therefore decided to organize jointly a conference to broach the issue of the role played by adult training in social inclusion. This event will provide a prime opportunity for the different stakeholders in this matter to meet.

Linguacuisine Free App Now Available!

The free Linguacuisine app is the result of an Erasmus+ project1 working with 40 digitally-marginalised adult learners in the UK and Greece to build an app which can be used by anyone to learn digital, foreign language and cooking skills in an enjoyable way, producing something tasty to eat at the end!

10 January 2019
by Paul Seedhouse

Adult Education and Inclusivity

In the UNESCO’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which aspires to eradicate poverty by 2030, Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on Education was recognized by the international community as “essential for the success of all 17 SDGs” (UNESCO, 2018). Inclusivity, defined as the intention or policy of including people who are otherwise excluded or marginalised is emphasized alongside equity in SDG 4, specifically in UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action as the foundations for quality education.

Learning languages is considered a high priority for people nowadays, as it opens doors to different countries, cultures and traditions. In essence, language is a powerful tool and it can allow someone to fully experience the mentality of a country, as well as the way of thinking and expressing how they perceive the world. Additionally, it is a way to deeply connect with people and forge a precious bond that is everlasting. As Nelson Mandela said: ‘If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart’. This is no coincidence, as each language has traits and elements that are very different from all the others, it also has words that are so closely connected to the culture and the way of life, that cannot be found in other languages because there is not the corresponding cultural trait behind it to support it.
21 December 2018
by Eirini Smoloktou

As an international master in adult education for social change, this year I was studying in Tallinn University and I did my placement as a teaching assistant in the course of Intercultural Communication. In this course I have been discussing topics and having workshops related to intercultural communication with around 100 bachelor students who are from different cultural backgrounds. 

20 December 2018
by yumi feng

Social inclusion and educational inclusion are essential to sustainable development. People experiencing homelessness experience one of the most acute forms of social exclusion. I now ask readers on EPALE – you – to consider what role you play in your community? Sometimes the best way to learn is to serve. 

Thursday 23 May 2019, Belgium

« Numérisation des services publics : quelle prise en compte des publics peu qualifiés et illettrés ? »

Lire et Ecrire Communauté Française organise le 23 mai 2019 à Bruxelles, un séminaire où sera abordée la question urgente de l’effet des nouvelles technologies sur la société et plus particulièrement sur les publics peu ou pas lettrés. 

Thursday 25 April 2019, Slovakia

Sú základné zručnosti témou pre Slovensko? Konferencia projektu BLUESS

Konferencia zameraná na tému podpory rozvoja základných zručností:
- O akých zručnostiach vlastne hovoríme a kto sa nimi má zaoberať?
- Potrebuje Slovensko riešiť otázku čitateľskej gramotnosti?
- Aké prístupy je vhodné používať pri rozvoji základných zručností u nízkokvalifikovaných osôb?
- Aké prístupy sa využívajú v EÚ?

Konferencia je otváracím podujatím projektu BLUESS - Plán rozvoja základných zručností v SR, ktorý podporila Európska komisia v rámci programu EaSI (Program pre zamestnanie a inovácie).​

Tuesday 2 July 2019, United Kingdom

#ReImagineFE – the fourth CSPACE Reimagine Further Education Conference

The Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education (CSPACE) are holding their fourth Reimagining Further Education Conference at Birmingham City University on 2 July 2019. The focus is on discussions developed within several working groups formed by delegates. Guests must pick a single working group to join for both the morning and afternoon sessions in order to provoke deeper discussions in specific areas of further education. There are a number of free tickets available. 

Friday 23 August 2019 to Tuesday 27 August 2019, Bulgaria

10th International Conference

For more than twenty years we have been doing business through science and supporting science through business. We held the first conference "Ecology and Safety" back in 1991. Since then, science has come a long way, we have begun publishing the presented articles in open access journals and have organized dozens of conferences, symposiums and seminars. What has not changed in all these years is our desire to connect people, their ideas and goals.

Wednesday 9 October 2019 to Saturday 12 October 2019, Spain

10th ICEEPSY 2019 : 10th International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology

You are invited to attend 10th ICEEPSY 2019, the 10th International Conference on Education & Educational Psychology. Students, teachers, researchers, practitioners, and psychologists will meet in beautiful Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain during October 2019. ICEEPSY 2019 will again feature informative workshops and presentations by skilled educational and educational psychology researchers and international scholars. The conference is inviting especially those who are interested in researching Educational Ecosystems for Equity and Quality of Learning, Evaluation, Arts Education and Special Education, especially Positive Pedagogy.

Wednesday 27 November 2019 to Friday 29 November 2019, Estonia


We are proud to announce that EAPRIL2019 will take place in Tartu, Estonia! Tartu is a river town, known as the Athens of Emajõgi River. The city is often considered the intellectual centre of the country,  especially since it is home to the nation's oldest and most renowned university, the University of Tartu, which is in the top 400 of the world’s most prestigious universities.

The transfer of knowledge between science and practice is an important matter for the European economy. Research institutes, by their scientific work, have an important role in the development of the agricultural sector. Crucial for effective use of knowledge is communication between scientific and agricultural domains. Despite constant efforts and care of quality level in knowledge transfer, there are still obstacles and problems encountered.

Dr. Kevin Warner, former National Co-ordinator of Prison Education in the Irish Prison Service, researches and writes about the practice and philosophy of adult education, specifically the approach to it by prisoners and prison education policies. 

The Alliance of Sport has produced a sector-wide Theory of Change – in short a vision for how Sport for Development and Criminal Justice Sectors can work together to achieve maximum and sustainable whole system impact.The Alliance of Sport has produced a sector wide Theory of Change – in short a vision for how Sport for Development and Criminal Justice Sectors can work together to achieve maximum and sustainable whole system impact.

This is the staff guide that accompanies The Really Useful Book of Learning and Earning (RUBLE) for Care Leavers. This Learning & Work resource aims to help staff who work with care leavers to provide effective information and advice to care leavers about their options in work and learning. 

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As part of our March focus, EPALE is organising a written discussion on how to ensure inclusion in adult learning and what makes for an inclusive adult learning provision. The discussion will take place on this page on 22 March at 10:00 CET and will be moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Simon Broek and Ellen Boeren. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your views and experiences with the EPALE community.
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Despite a strong focus on skills strategies at European level, progress in equipping adult learners with basic skills remains largely insufficient. 1 adult out of 5 still lack for instance numeracy or literacy skills in Europe today. This can seriously hinder employment objectives as well as democratic participation, social inclusion and personal development.