The Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Innovation within the Ministry for Education and Employment will be launching its learning programme for courses starting in October 2017. From 12 July to 4 August, the Directorate will be receiving applications for around 458 adult learning courses in 90 different subjects.
Educating vulnerable adult learners
From the 31st May through the 2nd June 2017, Luxembourg hosted the General Assembly and Annual Conference of the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN http://www.basicskills.eu). More than 100 experts from 20 European countries participated at this event.
Definition of Basic Skills
Tony Moloney, a 60-year-old former taxi driver in Cork, Ireland, who was illiterate until the age of 53, learned to read and write.
In Ireland, there is an apparent gap between the knowledge and effort required to complete Level 2 'Words' awards (Reading, Writing, and Listening and Speaking) and that required to complete the combined Communications award (Reading, Writing and Interpersonal Communication).
On May 30, the Latvian national Library in Riga welcomed more than 3590 participants to the MoEd and LNL joint conference on adult education "Challenges for High Quality in Adult Education". The conference was a success with regard to the speakers and rich content of the presentations - all leading to the issues of quality in adult education. The plenary speakers, the section speakers all dealt with various adult education issues not only encompassing burning issues in Latvia but also in the neighbouring countries, Rumania. Italy, Finland.
The EPALE Ireland team attended Dr Ibrar Bhatt's recent seminar, Researching Digital Literacies From The Ground Up. The seminar was hosted by the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University.
Dr Bhatt shared his view of digital literacies as social practice. He reminded us that 'equal access to technology does not result in equal experience' for learners.
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