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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


National policies and funding

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 Government of Serbia approved the annual Adult Education Plan for 2019.

In accordance with this plan, 529.839.000 dinars (about 450.000 euros) were allocated for adult education, based on the needs of the labor market, more rational usage of existing educational capacities, and bearing in mind the different developmental features of certain areas, the press service of the Government of Serbia stated.

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 Adult Education Budget low-wage trial of 2018-2019 will continue into 2019-2020. The threshold has increased to £16,009.50 and allows providers of ESFA funded AEB to fund learners in low-wage employment. This will allow more people to learn and will also support those who want to advance their careers. 

The letter to Parliament about the plans to tackle low literacy has been published on the website of the national government. The Ministers of OCW and VWS and the State Secretaries of SZW and BKZ, are firmly committed to a more skilled Netherlands. Over the next five years, nearly € 125 million will be invested in measures to fight low literacy in adults and promote reading and language stimulation in children.

The European Basic Skills Network (EBSN) has announced that the first open educational resource (OER) of its Capacity Building Series has been published on EPALE. The OER is titled Integrated Policy Approach in Basic Skills Provision and it focuses on the policy level of basic skills provision with special attention on good practices in policy initiatives.

In February 2018, the government announced its review of post-18 education and funding. It is a review led by the government, with input from an independent panel chaired by Philip Augar. The review was commissioned to work out how best to “promote a more dynamic market in education and training provision”, “ensure the post-18 education system is accessible to all”, and “encourage the development of the skills that we need as a country”.

Read more about further T Level developments: The second wave of T Levels for 2021 has been announced, the Education Secretary confirmed that T Levels will be allocated UCAS tariff points for university applications, T Levels 4 and 5 will be introduced in 2022 and the DfE has delayed full roll-out of T Levels until September 2023.

This post considers the British citizenship test and the language skills requirement. Different exam options are mentioned, but the focus is on IELTS – the most popular English language skills test. Advice is given to teachers on how to prepare students for the exam and also suggests suitable resources from leading publishers that can be used to assist them in delivering language skills lessons. 

In this post, University of Glasgow researcher Ellen Vanderhoven presents key findings and recommendations generated from the Horizon 2020 project Policies Supporting Young Adults in their Life Course: A Comparative Study of Lifelong Learning and Inclusion in Education and Work in Europe (YOUNG_ADULLLT). The findings aid understanding of changes to the skills policy landscape in Scotland and the European Union more broadly and offer recommendations for the development of lifelong learning and skills policies in Scotland.

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.

Something has been set in motion in Berlin: Politicians have recognised that adult and continuing education must adapt to the age of digitalisation and that a new government stimulus is necessary to do so. This stimulus, called MILLA within the CDU fraction of the German Bundestag (Lower House of Parliament), is set to cost the government between one and three billion euros. Peter Brandt outlines how MILLA could turn out to be something positive.

5 March 2019
by Peter Brandt

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.

The Serbian Adult Education Society (AES) is an non-profit civil organisation aiming at affirming, supporting and developing adult learning and education, promoting the lifelong learning culture and supporting social inclusion and international cooperation in the field of adult learning and education. For more details, please visit the organisation's website. EBSN asked colleagues from AES to give an insight into the Serbian policy context. 


25 January 2019
by Graciela Sbertoli
During my stay in Estonia, I had the opportunity to visit a couple of vocational schools in the country, which provided me interesting insights on comparing the Estonian system to that of my home country, South Korea. This comparative essay is a result of this reflection, and aims to provide future recommendations to both Estonia and South Korea’s VET policies for gender equality in the field of STEM.

School and university partnership programme has become a global trend. Jones et al., (2016) believed that university could function beyond the traditional role of providing pre-service education for teachers. In the most education system around the world, the university offers course and education for developing pre-service teacher while school partnership is usually aimed to provide real experience them. Therefore, universities are being challenged to re-think how they interact with schools in teacher education programs to optimise the rich learning experience they can provide.

21 December 2018
by Putri Rizki Dia...
Thursday 18 April 2019 to Friday 19 April 2019, Bulgaria

Древният тракийски дух ще бди над сектора за учене на възрастни през 2019 година

На 18 и 19 април 2019 г. в село Старосел ще се проведе Пролетната работна среща на Координационния съвет на Националната платформа „Обединени за ученето на възрастни“.

В срещата ще участват представители на цялата координационна инфраструктура, създадена в изпълнение на Европейската програма за учене на възрастни. По-специално това ще бъдат представителите на държавата и социалните партньори от Националната координационна група за учене през целия живот и 28 областни координатори за учене през целия живот.

Tuesday 16 April 2019 to Wednesday 17 April 2019, Bulgaria

Национално кафене „Пътища и мерки за повишаване на уменията на възрастните“

На 16 и 17 април 2019 г. в село Старосел, община Хисаря, област Пловдив ще се проведе Национално кафене „Пътища и мерки за повишаване на уменията на възрастните“.

Thursday 18 April 2019, Slovenia

»Govoriš kohezijsko?« o razvoju na znanju temelječe družbe

Zadnji v nizu tematskih posvetov o kohezijski politiki bo posvečen razvoju na znanju temelječe družbe s kohezijskimi sredstvi. Dogodek, na katerega organizatorji vabijo vse nevladne organizacije, ki delujejo na področju izobraževanja in usposabljanja, bo v četrtek, 18. aprila 2019, med 10. in 12. uro v City hotelu Ljubljana.

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.

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!

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:

The preliminary draft of standards for career guidance and counseling was introduced in 2017 in the Republic of Serbia. It is the result of the working group that gathered all important stakeholders in the field of career guidance and you may find out more about process via this link. Description of the process and document are in Serbian.

In this paper, the authors present and analyse a recent policy recommendation for the promotion of vocational and adult learning in Croatia. They also introduce arguments in favour of wider stakeholder participation and provide guidelines for the implementation of marketing principles in the promotion of learning. Generic implications for similar initiatives in South-East Europe are also identified.

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.

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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.


In Montenegro, other/additional qualifications are recognized by the Law on National Qualifications Framework.  Following the consideration of concept of other qualifications, the Qualifications Council started classification of other/additional qualifications into Montenegrin Qualifications Framework.

Classification procedure is initiated by the submission of initiative for other/additional qualification which contains the following elements: