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The government has launched a new scheme to help regenerate village halls across the country. Funds can be used to refurbish existing halls, but will not be used to establish new builds. Village halls serve as essential meeting places for local citizens to enjoy sports and leisure activities, as well as to discuss and receive healthcare and education. 

The 16th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival will be taking place between Sunday, April 7th and Sunday, April 14th, promoting and celebrating learning for everyone and across all ages in the city and county. 

This festival began as a pilot project in 2004 organised and co-ordinated by the Cork Learning Forum, a partnership forum of educational groups and organisations, and other stakeholders in the city.

The 9th Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival will be taking place between Monday, April 8th and Sunday, April 14th, celebrating all learning opportunities in the city. 

This weeklong festival is organised and co-ordinated by the Learning Limerick Steering Group, a partnership forum of educational groups and organisations, and other stakeholders in the city that have a role in learning in limerick.

The devolved Adult Education Budget (AEB) and the subsequent cut funds are having a negative impact on the Workers Education Association (WEA). Funds have been cut by 28% for 2019-2020. Learners may face a reduction in educational opportunities open to them and this could also impact economic growth, as learners offer possibilities for closing the skills gap in the UK.

5 innovative adult education initiatives in Ireland have been selected by a panel of judges to receive €50,000 in grant funding and Google training with the Impact Challenge Dublin. This article discuss the successful initiatives, and links to the google website, where you can vote for one of the organisations, for them to receive an additional €50,000. 

The Cottonera University Resource Centre in Malta has just announced details of the Community Engagement programme based on themes that capure the community's popular imagination. The theme is Holy Week from which different knowledge regarding history, gender politics, film, environment,etc can be drawn . The project, in Maltese, is free of charge. It is being held for the second time and constitutes an example of University Community engagement.

The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners' Festival to acknowledge the fantastic work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland. The awards celebrate the positive contribution that these initiatives make to individual adult learners, local communities and wider society. 

In February, the Žena na prekretnici (Women at the Crossroads) Association is starting a new cycle of workshops intended for the unemployed women over 45. The workshops are one of the activities of this Association aimed at helping and empowering women in a sensitive age to re-engage socially and economically.

The last 25th January - under the auspices of EPALE and in the presence of his ambassador - the CPIA 1 FOGGIA school has organized some activities that have allowed us to remember the tragic event of the Shoah and many other genocides in our recent history. But it was also an opportunity to reflect on the danger, still current, represented by a widespread climate of hatred and intolerance among men.
If you are interested in knowing more about adults attending MOOCs, you will discover that there is still little research on this specific group, representing a minority of the users. New insights are now available which have emerged from a study I published in a book edited by Springer that includes researches presented at the 7th International Workshop on Learning Technology for Education Challenges, (LTEC 2018), titled: What Learning Professionals Should Know.

Community gardening projects can have a profound positive impact on health, wellbeing and adult learning. Volunteers and workers have the opportunity to build vital skills, including those focused on food safety, the environment and science, as well as communication and teamwork skills that can then be applied to further education and meaningful careers. Everyone involved can benefit from boosting their mental and physical health by getting out in nature and having a positive impact on their local community. 

Slovenian Third Age University is currently involved in SLIDE, Digital Story Telling in Digital Europe, an Erasmus+ EU project. The project is about narration, the art of story telling in the digital way. Basically, the project aims at augmenting adult educators’ ICT skills and introducing digitalized educational tasks into adult education programmes.

2 April 2019

It is important that people take part in social discourse and are active in their communities. This promotes a sense of solidarity and the basic values of democracy both at an individual level and to a wider extent in society. Citizenship education aims to increase such activity. Above all else, citizenship education means increasing awareness about each person’s rights, opportunities and means of making a difference.

Skills Innovation Training is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership between the UK, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey. Their aim is to help disadvantaged learners to build their digital literacy - a vital skills for success in the modern world. The blog post discusses the approach they took, the training provision offered and the experience of participants. 

Tuesday 18 June 2019 to Wednesday 19 June 2019, Iceland

Would you like to make your own felt slippers? (Viltu þæfa þína eigin “kósý skó”?)

Rural Skills Network (NPAD-2017/10163)

The Agricultural University of Iceland will host a 2 days course in June where Inga and Kestas Samusia from Lithuania will teach how to felt shoes by using local wool. Inga is a creator and 3rd generation of shoemakers and a founder of BureBure felted woolen shoes and slippers. Keasas is educated in forestry science and works as an entrepreneur.

Thursday 11 July 2019 to Friday 12 July 2019, United Kingdom

UK Sports Development Network Conference

The UK Sports Development Network Conference will take place on 11-12 July 2019 to discuss key issues in community sports and development sport sectors. The event will bring together stakeholders in the sector who aim to use sport, play and physical activity to make an impact in communities across the UK.

Wednesday 10 April 2019, Ireland

Lauch: Limerick Learning Neighbourhoods

The Limerick Learning Neighbourhoods project will be launched on the 10th of April. This is collaboration of Limerick Community Education Network with a number of partners including Learning Limerick, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, PAUL Partnership, Community Organisations and Home School Community Liaison Officers.

Tuesday 2 July 2019 to Tuesday 9 July 2019, United Kingdom

Adult Mental Health First Aid two day course – Community Learning

The Adult Mental Health First Aid two day course enables attendees to qualify as a mental health first aider and they will receive a certificate on completion of both days of the training course. They will build the skills and knowledge necessary to carry out the role, including developing listening, observing and supporting skills. 

Friday 19 April 2019, Turkey

Creative Writing Center Spring Workshops

Ondokuz Mayıs University Creative Writing Center, to provide the dissemination of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience in fields related to creative, critical and philosophical thought; It was established in an academic context to deal with cinema, theater, written literature products and the like and university cooperation.

Tuesday 16 April 2019 to Sunday 12 May 2019, Germany

Volunteers4Europe: Internationale Ausstellung über freiwilliges Engagement in 5 Ländern!

Die internationale Ausstellung "Volunteers4Europe" ist Teil des derzeit laufenden gleichnamigen Erasmus+-Projektes. Dabei erstellen erfahrene Fototeams aus Deutschland, Estland, Frankreich, Italien und Schweden Fotoreportagen von interessanten Freiwilligentätigkeiten in ihrem Land. Die Präsentation der internationalen Ausstellungsreihe startet am 16. April 2019.

Monday 10 June 2019 to Wednesday 12 June 2019, Sweden

Offentliga rummet 2019

Mötesplatsen som ger förutsättningar till att skapa en smartare välfärd!

Kom till Offentliga Rummet i Västerås 10-12 juni 2019.

Offentliga Rummet är mötesplatsen som ger förutsättningar för att vi tillsammans kan skapa en smartare välfärd. Konferensen är till för dig som arbetar med att utveckla offentlig verksamhet med stöd av digitalisering. Anmälan öppnar 13 mars.

Thursday 28 March 2019, Italy

I territori della sostenibilità

Salone della CSR e DELL'INNOVAZIONE SOCIALE. Giornata di lavoro seminariale per ragionare e riflettere sui fattori abilitanti nei territori per raggiungere gli obiettivi dell'agenda ONU 2030. Tra i panel di interesse si segnala la presentazione della Rete Nazionale di Scuole Sostenibili e riflessione sulla centralita' dell'educazione ed istruzione come sistema di propagazione dei valori di tutela della vivibilità in un ecosistema sostenibile.

The Cottonera University Resource Centre has just announced details of the Community Engagement programme based on themes that capure the community's popular imagination. The theme is Holy Week from which different knowledge regarding history, gender politics, film, environment,etc can be drawn . The project, in Maltese, is free of charge. It is being held for the second time and constitutes an example of University Community engagement. The programme is attached. 

Kaikkien Vaalit (Our Election) is Moniheli's democracy education activity. The goal of the #KaikkienVaalit campaign is to promote the participation and influencing of immigrants in the Finnish society. The Helsinki workshops and events are supported by the City of Helsinki's integration grant, but the workshop materials are freely available for all!

EPALE National Support Service issues an electronic magazine each month tied to the thematic focus on EPALE. The magazine contains a selection of most read blogs on the platform translated into Serbian and other articles relevant to adult education in Serbia and Europe.

In accordance with the EPALE monthly focus the magazine in December 2018 dealt with Volunteering in adult learning.

Background: Malta, like the rest of Mediterranean Europe, faces a dramatic shift away from the traditional Mediterranean diet as the global food industry has removed prior barriers to food choice while introducing new ones pertaining to an overall loss in the varieties of crop and livestock. As rates of obesity and other non-communicable diseases continue to rise, especially in vulnerable groups, understanding accessibility towards a healthy diet becomes crucial.

Geikristlaste Kogu (GK) is a NGO that promotes LGBT equality alongside Estonian LGBT Association (Eesti LGBT Ühing). It supports mainly LGBT believers who have encountered critical issues in their congregations and churches, who are struggling with faith and identities.

The Mobility Scouts Sensitisation Handbook addresses institutions, organisations and companies responsible for or having an impact in the designing and shaping of public spaces and providing services to older citizens. It aims to inspire stakeholders in involving participants in the initiatives organised within Mobility Scouts in developing participatory processes to improve, in age-friendly terms, the quality of the offers, outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation and information.