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Presentation of the GOAL project in the context of "Adult Education in Cities and Regions – a European perspective" (EPALE conference - September 2016 in Aachen-Germany)

by Chantal PIERLOT
Language: EN

During  the first day of the Conference "Adult Education in Cities and Regions – a European perspective" -  taking place September 8th and 9th in Aachen, Germany - Nadia Reynders (Flemish Department of Education and Training) and Els Van Hyfte (coordinator of the organisation de Stap in Ghent and local coordinator for the project) presented the Erasmus+ (KA 3) project GOAL.

/en/file/epale-conference-workshop-goalEPALE Conference - Workshop GOAL

Project GOAL is a current Erasmus+ project (key Action 3: prospective initiatives, European Policy Experimentation). GOAL stands for Guidance and Orientation for Adult Learners and aims to set up educational guidance services for low educated adults in 6 countries across Europe: Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Iceland, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Slovenia. These educational guidance services will be organised as a policy experiment in which evaluation of the process and the outcomes will play a crucial role. The project is coordinated by the Department of Education and Training, Flanders. The final results of the running project will be presented during an international conference in January 2018. 

During the workshop, participants have been made familiar with the project's objectives, how the project is and will be evaluated throughout its implementation and its intervention levels which were particularly relevant with regard to the general conference theme adult edcuation in cities and regions, i.e.:

  1. Developing networks and partnerships at local, regional and national level
  2. Developing/optimizing instruments for guidance of low educated adults
  3. Identifying specific competences of counselors to guide low educated adults
  4. Outreach strategies: finding and testing ways to reach specific target groups
  5. Developing and testing qualitative guidance services

An important key of the project is the focus on local and regional networks.  Useful networks have been identified at different levels and in various fields (education, labour market, welfare, policy and migration). Why are local networks so crucial for the project?  The following points have been tackled:

  • Adult Education provision is very broad (formal and non-formal education, private sector & in-company trainings, socio-cultural sector, …
  • Adult Guidance is linked to different domains: career guidance, lifelong guidance, educational guidance, social guidance,…
  • Wide range of stakeholders supporting target groups: migration and integration sector, education sector, employment sector, social wellfare sector,…
  • Responsibilities at different policy levels: from national to communal.

As result, local networks and  local collaboration initiatives feed the Flemish policy development (evidence-based).  The participants had the opportunity to discuss with the project holders the roles and responsibilities of local, regional and national actors (policy makers, stakeholders and practitioners) within educational guidance services to low educated adults.  The effective partnership between public institutions and private organisations has been identified as a new element to most of the workshop participants, something they did not think about before or they did not expect that would work so well and efficiently.

Also the importance of economically and politically independent guidance organisations has been underlined.  Only these structures can show the whole range of education possibilities to advice seekers.

More information can be found on the project’s website:


More information on the whole of the conference can be found here


Workshop flipchart



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