The workshop will present the results of the project LQN (LebensQualität durch Nähe-Quality of life through proximity) carried out by 5 adult education institutions in Austria, Germany and Italy and the European Association for the Education of Adults, which addressed the need of municipalities to empower citizens and improve their involvement in participatory projects to tackle civic and social challenges. The event will be a chance to reflect and discuss the role of education in fostering local and regional development, and how active citizens' participation can benefit the life of the communities.
The event will take place back to back with the Policy Forum on "What role for community lifelong learning centres?" organised by Cedefop and the European Lifelong Learning Platform. During the event, Cedefop will launch the new edition, currently under development, of its web platform VET toolkit for tackling early leaving assisting policy makers and VET providers in taking action towards a comprehensive approach to tackling early leaving from education and training. The Lifelong Learning Platform and the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University will present their joint briefing paper on “Implementing a holistic approach to lifelong learning: Community Lifelong Learning Centres as a gateway to multidisciplinary support teams”.