EPALE Resource Kit - A dive into EPALE thematic focuses: Life and work skills for empowering adults to learn and participate
In a world characterised by constant changes, skills are also changing, both in the workplace and in everyday life. In order to navigate these transitions, lifelong learning for all is becoming ever more essential. It allows one to upskill and reskill throughout their life, as is clearly stated in the European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience.
The EPALE thematic focus on Life and work skills for empowering adults to learn and participate throughout 2021 seeks to address these priorities and focuses on a series of questions. These questions include, how can we conceive work and life skills as interrelated, inextricable processes? What is the role of basic skills? How is the adult learning community responding to these challenges?
To build this Resource Kit, we have searched among the many contents that have been published on EPALE over the past months, to bring you some highlights that are worth reading if you want to discover more about these topics.
The first part of the kit provides you with some reflections and narratives. It has longer articles and more complex content for those who want to explore key issues in-depth. We have selected a reflection on the notion of empowerment and its use in adult learning, a podcast on learner-centred approaches to boost motivation, a personal narration highlighting the barriers to adult learners’ participation, and finally an online discussion on health literacy (including a forum discussion, a recorded expert panel and a summary blog).
The second part of the kit is more focused on tools and good practices. It includes instruments and resources, often produced within European projects, together with inspiring experiences and case studies, to nurture your practical work. We start this section with an inspiring story from the EPALE community, providing a practical example of how learning, working and culture can be combined. You can find a MOOC to transfer skills acquired during motherhood to the workplace, a series of resources to learn how to use art and literature to improve entrepreneurial competences, and finally an interactive tool aimed at women with disabilities.