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EPALE discussion: Basic skills learning provision

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Online discussion basic skills

Ensuring basic skills for all is a necessary step to enable societies to combat current and future social, health, environmental and economic challenges, and to implement policies effectively in order to support the sustainability of European societies and economies and promote a healthier planet. 

Basic skills are transversal. Not only are they relevant to educational policy, but also to employment, health, social and environmental policies. Building cohesive policy measures which support people with basic skills needs is necessary not only to make Upskilling Pathways a success, but also to help build more resilient and inclusive societies.

The online discussion will take place on this page on 16-17 September between 10:00 and 16:00 CET and will be moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinators of EBSN Graciela Sbertoli (Secretary General of EBSN) and Tamás Harangozó.

The discussion on 16 and 17 September will include the following topics:

  • critical literacy
  • health literacy
  • financial literacy
  • numeracy
  • basic digital skills for the future.

Please join our online discussion on Basic skills learning provision on 16-17 September 2020!

Comments will be open on 7 September so participants can introduce themselves or post their comments in advance.

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снимка на Graciela Sbertoli
... is a challenge Numeracy shares with Literacy. :-) Nobody wants to admit they need a class in "reading and writing". And presenting the courses as something that sounds like going back to school is a definite No-No. 

Camouflage sounds a bit like we are tricking the learners into doing something they do not wat to do :-), but it will certainly be miuch more motivating to present a very pragmatic objective for the courses. This is an issue where the Financial Literacy approach may help a lot!
снимка на Heike Kölln-Prisner
By target group you mean learners or policy makers? Because I think it is both. The learners are often frightened and think they can "muddle through", and this "silence" is a very good excuse for policy makers not to do anything. But the PIACC results show clearly that we have a big problem here. 
снимка на Kees Hoogland
\Yes, if only 10% of the literacy budget was spent on numeracy. A lot could be done in the provision of activities which enhance the quality of numerate behaviour of participants. 
снимка на Graciela Sbertoli
... the problem is not so much with the policy makers. The national program for basic skills for adults does put a lot of emphasis on numeracy, but we found that the learners only attended those courses if they were linked to digital skills - or, as an exception, to family learning (helping parents help their children with homework). As you say, most people think they will muddle through any way. After all, they do have calculators... :-) We need to use campaigns to foster a new understanding of numeracy!
снимка на Kees Hoogland
Indeed, we are still struggling with the awareness. It is quite amazing to see the news presenter on television saying: "the decrease in the increase of COVID-19 patents is becoming less".  And everyone nods, but it is clear that there are dozens of interpretations of such sentence. One of the problems that this is not always seen as part of numeracy, because it has nothing to do with performing an operation on two numbers.

Part of the awareness must come from the idea that it is necessary for citizens to be numerate to participate fully in a democratic society, where you are not intimidated by numbers.