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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


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The participation rate in adult life-long learning has risen to an all-time record level. According to the latest data, 19.7% of Estonian citizens aged 25-64 participated in adult learning last year, which is 2.5% more than in 2017. This placed Estonia fourth among European Union member states.


City of Banja Luka hosted an annual event "Germany in Bosnia and Herzegovina“ organised on 14th of May for the fifth time by the Delegation of German Economy in Bosnia and Herzegovina - AHK and the German Embassy to Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Learning is a social, emotional and cognitive process. While the last is most strongly emphasized in many classrooms, the other two aspects are sometimes even ignored. However, we believe that the social and emotional processes of learning are the crucial part to increase motivation to learn. Since, in our opinion, teachers play a key role in influencing their students' motivation and learning outcomes, we see a need for professional development of teachers, especially in the context of disadvantaged learners.

Support of DVV International to the institutions responsible for creating and implementing adult education policies continues in Sarajevo Canton too. Therefore, the Minister of Education, Science and Youth of Sarajevo Canton, Mr. Zineta Bogunić and the Director of DVV International - Country Office Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dr. Emir Avdagić, signed the Agreement on Cooperation in the Field of Adult Education on Friday, 26th of April.

The regular, 11th meeting of contact persons for adult education within relevant institutions was held on 11th and 12th of April in Brčko in organisation of DVV International and the Department for Education of the Government of District Brčko B&H.

The empowerment of women around the world is one of the most remarkable revolutions of recent decades: millions of people who once depended on men have taken control of their own economic destinies.

Today, women make up the majority of professional workers in many countries. In the European Union alone, women have filled 6 out of the 8 million new jobs created since 2000.

In line with Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU), the promotion of European values is one of the primary aims of the EU Erasmus+ programme. This blog by Tino Boubaris was written on the occasion of the EPALE Austria conference, which was held on 13 June 2019 in Vienna.

18 June 2019
by EPALE Österreich

There are many way to define non-formal education or to determine its difference from and relation with formal and informal education. At the same time, there is no comprehensive model with enough explanatory power to address these different perspectives. Also, SMART as a concept could be understood and utilized in different ways. With this in mind, our team has developed one tailored conceptualization of SMART, benefiting from the rich portfolio of practice cases provided by our project partners. The presented conceptualization covers the original four EduCitizens categories (citizenship, engagement, participation and education).

27 May 2019
by Martin BARTHEL

In this blog post we would like to present a case study for ErasmusPlus project Migrants and Refugees as Re-builders Erasmus+, Cross-border Intercultural and Societal Entrepreneurs (2016-1-UK01-KA204-024623).

If you consider the origins of Europe, it becomes apparent just how unique and daunting the European project truly is: former enemies create a community that is in charge of peace and cooperation and to which they should yield. Today, in light of all of the challenges, not much of this sentiment remains—or does it?

24 May 2019
by Wochenschau Ver...

“Let’s talk about Europe!” That was the slogan of the “Citizens’ Dialogue on Europe’s Future” (in German: Bürgerdialog zur Zukunft Europas), which took place between August and October 2018 at around 30 adult education centres from ten federal states in Germany. Following the success of that series, the report about the Europe dialogue was dispatched to Brussels. At present, numerous adult education centres are also focusing on the upcoming European elections. Their efforts include arranging conversations between interested citizens and candidates for the European Parliament. Read more about the project here.

22 May 2019
by Lisa Freigang

The 2019 European elections are taking place in turbulent times. Brexit, the debt and financial crises, migration and refugee movements: Many pan-European challenges require collective European solutions. This sheds new light on the European elections, as they represent more than the mere possibility of exchanging ideas on Europe’s future.

20 May 2019
by Wochenschau Ver...
Friday 28 June 2019, United Kingdom

Erasmus+ Learning Networks – Widening Participation

The Erasmus+ team will be holding the free Learning Networks – Widening Participation event at the Ecorys office in Birmingham on Friday 28th June 2019. The aim of the event is to allow delegates to network, hold cross-sectoral discussion and widening participation through social inclusion and shared- best practice.

Thursday 4 July 2019

Participer au webinaire EPALE France "Déposer son projet Erasmus+ pour l'éducation des adultes"

Bénévoles, salariés du secteur associatif, acteurs de la formation, de l'insertion, de l’économie sociale et solidaire ou encore dans l'ingénierie pédagogique… Vous êtes à la recherche de financements pour développer vos projets européens ? 


Thursday 6 June 2019

Webinar SDG8: Decent work and economic growth

Sustained and inclusive economic growth is necessary for achieving sustainable development. Increasing labour productivity, reducing the unemployment rate, especially for young people, and improving access to financial services and benefits are essential components of sustained and inclusive economic growth.

Friday 31 May 2019 to Saturday 1 June 2019, Latvia

Starptautiska konference par jauniešu uzņēmējdarbības veicināšanas jautājumiem

31.maijā un 1.jūnijā, Liepājā norisināsies konference, kuru organizē Ventspils Augstskolas Mūžizglītības centrs projekta CREAzone 2.0 ietvaros. Konferences tēma ir jauniešu uzņēmējdarbība, un tā vienuviet pulcēs gan biznesa izveidotājus, vadītājus un speciālistus, gan jauniešu organizāciju un izglītības iestāžu un citu jauniešu uzņēmējdarbības veicināšanā iesaistīto organizāciju pārstāvjus no Latvijas un Lietuvas.

Wednesday 18 September 2019 to Friday 20 September 2019, Czech Republic

TCA Event: Centres of lifelong education established within universities: support for lifelong learning and social inclusion

Apply now for funding to attend the Erasmus+ Transnational Cooperation Activities' (TCA) event about Centres of lifelong education established within universities and the support they provide for lifelong learning and social inclusion. The deadline for applications is Monday, 1 July 2019.

Monday 23 September 2019 to Wednesday 25 September 2019, Ireland

TCA Event: Inclusion and Diversity Strategy

Apply now for funding to attend the Erasmus+ Transnational Cooperation Activities' (TCA) event in the field of 'Inclusion' to develop your understanding of strategic approaches to inclusion and diversity; how to start to thinking inclusively and how to start the process of development of the inclusion and diversity strategy. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 July 2019.

Monday 20 May 2019 to Tuesday 21 May 2019, Belgium

Segundo foro de aprendizaje de políticas sobre itinerarios de mejora de las capacidades: una visión para el futuro

Hoy, día 21 de mayo de 2019, tiene lugar el último día del  Segundo Foro de Aprendizaje de Políticas sobre itinerarios de mejora de las capacidades: una visión para el futuro (Second Policy learning forum on upskilling pathways: a vision for the future).

Thursday 13 June 2019, Europe

Colloque RECTEC - Reconnaître les compétences transversales en lien avec l'employabilité et les certifications

Ce colloque a lieu dans le cadre de l’aboutissement du projet RECTEC « Reconnaissance des Compétences Transversales en lien avec l’employabilité et le Cadre Européen de Certifications », débuté en 2016 et visant à favoriser l’employabilité par la reconnaissance des compétences transversales et leurs mises en correspondance avec les certifications.

The European Commission has recently published a new synthesis report on the current situation of national adult learning policies and systems across the EU-28. The report brings together findings fron a set of full country reports updated in 2017. The link for the full country report for the UK and a brief of its content can be found here.

This synthesis report considers the current situation of national adult learning policies and systems across the EU-28. The report brings together the findings from a set of country reports that were previously completed for each Member State by a set of country experts. The report reflects on the complex adult learning policy and financing frameworks, national targets and interventions, as well as their strengths and weaknesses and the reforms that are needed in the systems that are in place in Member States. 

Are you taking part in the 2019 European elections and want to convince others to do so too? Are you motivated and need more information? Then the European Commission's European elections 2019 toolkit might be something for you! In addition to exciting infographics, films and news, you will find 7 good reasons to vote here, as well as an overview of events on the subject of the European elections.

LearnersMot Erasmus+ project is being developed by the LearnersMot partnership. It addresses the issues of literacy and low educated as well as low skilled workers’ education. Prior to the literacy course that is yet to be developed and piloted, partners wrote a handbook to be used by adult educators intervening in companies.

The survey commissioned by the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability analysed the progress and national user satisfaction amongst EPALE Platform registered users in Malta, as well as, analysed potential users’ interest in resources and content they would be mainly attracted to.

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 October 2018 dealt with Projects and partnerships.

IPA+ (Inclusion of people with autism in Europe. Towards a specialized training model for professionals) is a project funded under the Erasmus+ Programme (ref: 2016-1-ES01-KA204-025061) aimed to develop a training for all professionals working with people with autism independently of the area of knowledge. In the framework of this project we have developed and created several materials and resources useful for professionals working in the field of autism.

This publication presents readers with an inventory of adult basic education and basic skills programmes in the form of 35 system descriptions covering 32 countries. The data used in this publication covered a range of areas related to learning opportunities for adults with low basic skills, or low level or no qualifications. Large-scale programmes intended to support adults in acquiring basic skills were in the centre of enquiry.

This source serves as a general compass to European policy initiatives and programmes in the field of skills, qualification frameworks, VET, etc. The website presents 10 policy actions adopted by the European Commission since 2016. Users can find essential information on the development of skills initiatives of the Commission and access further documents in this field. The 10 actions presented on the website are as follows:

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As a follow-up to our discussion on the needs of adult learning support from the EU, we would like you to share your opinion on any of the topics below. Engage with your peers from across Europe in this online discussion moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Markus Palmen.