On 19 September 2017, EPALE Belgium organized an event titled 'What is the European Commission doing to improve adult learning?', in cooperation with the European Commission and the European Association for the education of Adults (EAEA) since the event was a part of the EAEA Younger Staff Training 2017.
The afternoon started with a quiz presented by the three Belgian EPALE-coordinators to find out how well the participants know the platform for adult learning that is co-financed by the European Commission to improve and support the adult learning sector in Europe.
A part of the participants then went to visit the House of European History while the Younger Staff Training participants had a workshop on the DIMA project. This is an Erasmus+ program that aims to develop a practical toolkit for developing and monitoring strategies on Adult Education.
After their return Martina Ní Cheallaigh from DG Employment at the European Commission explained what the Commission has been doing to improve policy and provision for adult learning in Europe. Gina Ebner from EAEA took a look at the role of civil society. Then the participants discussed what they had learned, what this meant for people in adult education in their everyday job, and what support is needed to improve adult learning.
Here you can find the slides of Martina's and Gina's presentations:
Martina Ní Cheallaigh from DG Employment at the European Commission
Gina Ebner from EAEA took a look at the role of civil society
Here are a few quotes of the day:
"Adult education is mostly under education, but it should be a joint effort: education, employment, culture, well being, etc...'
"EPALE should become more 'sexy', since it's a great tool but it lacks good design."
"In the Erasmus+ programme big players are more easily funded, and this should change."
"Adult education should use more new technologies: I-pad, interactive blackbloard, Youtube, etc..."
"We should learn more about (the policy making process in) adult education in different countries."
"It's important that people enjoy education and not only focus on getting better in their job."
"A universal vision on adult learning is hard to obtain."
"The global challenges on education are more or less the same."
"Employers should be more committed to lifelong learning."
"Unbox the system. Remove the gaps between prior education, vocational education and higher education."
"Wisdom instead of money. The goal of adult learning is: being happy!"
"The European Commission should address the needs of a strong adult education policy: e.g. ageing society, multicultural society, health, intergenerational learners, learning in prison, etc..."
"Adult education focuses on jobs, but more emphasis is needed on learning for life. We should reconsider how to measure education."
"The priorities of the Lifelong Learning Program should be in Erasmus+ and the future program of Education and Training."
"More focus should be on collaborative and cooperative learning."