Nordic Perspective Series: Inclusive Social Change for Sustainability and Fairness
Europe is in the middle of substantial changes and social, economic and educational upheavals. Digitalisation, constant changes in the job market and not least sustainable, green transition.
Throughout 2021 one of the central themes on EPALE has been Inclusive Social Change for Sustainability and Fairness, to hightlight the importance of the question of inclusion in a time of change. In this thematic page the Nordic National Support Services for EPALE has gathered and created content with examples, best practice and relevant projects with relation to the theme from the Nordic adult education sectors.
It is a very broad theme, and so, the content below will also range wide from biblical stories to inclusion of adults with intellectual dissabilities to how we ensure a sustainable state.
Read on and enjoy the Nordic Perspective on Inclusive Social Change for Sustainability and Fairness.
We begin in Norway, where a biblical quote is used to describe the attendance in adult learning. According to research, a large share of Norwegian adults participate in education and training. But there are great inequalities as to who participates. This divide is emphasizes one of the major divides in the Nordic countries' labor markets: The difference between those with a higher education and those without. Read Linda Bergs blog here.
In Finland they are experiencing some of the same challenges. But one thing is those who do not want to attend adult education. A whole other problem is those who are not included because the system is not designed for them. This includes adults with intellectual disabilities. In Finland the NGO Inclusion Finland KVTL works to strengthen this exact group. For example through theatre. Read about the organisation and how they are able to include and empower adults with intellectual disabilities here.
From theatres to museums. In Sweden the Nordic Centre for Heritage Learning together with Skåne’s regional museum, Den Gamle By and the University of South-Eastern Norway has investigated how social interaction and social spaces can help make the museum experience a learning experience. Read about the Nordplus funded project here.
Also from Sweden we find an interesting blog on the relevant and broad theme of lifelong learning in later life. In this blog by Satya Brink, she describes learning as "an adventure of the mind that is not age defined". It is a blog very worth a read for everyone who believes lifelong learning doesn't stop at the age of 50.
Whether you are 50, younger - or older - you must be equipped for sustainable development. That is the message of this blog from Denmark where three knowledgable Danish researchers and active participants in the sustainable transition gives their view on what is necessary the coming years, if we are to succeed in creating sustainable lives within a sustainable state.
To make sure, that everyone is equipped for sustainable development, it must be part of the education system. And that is exactly what a project funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers is working on. Rannis in Iceland has been asked to lead the project. Read more about it here.