Every year the Letters For Life educational project holds a meeting that brings together in the same space organizers, partners, facilitators, experts and adults involved in literacy and literacy actions. It is an event of reflection and celebration. It celebrates the joy of learning and the power of learning in the construction of better lives and in the promotion of a more active individual and collective citizenship.
The aim of the meeting is, first and foremost, to take stock of the work carried out, to define the improvements to be made in the methodologies, techniques and instruments to be used with the various groups in the following phases, and in debate on adult education, contributing to a solidarity and inclusive vision of this fundamental aspect of social development.
An "Adult Education for All" is one of the central themes of this initiative, which welcomes other actors that promote "good practices" in other territories and share them, their experiences and knowledge.
Other objectives of the meeting are related to the internal dynamics of the project, highlighting the cohesion of teams and partnerships that value these events in the field of programmatic solidity, but also in the field of affection and collective motivation. In this plan, the Community of Practice of Letters Prá Vida will enrich its heritage and establish new challenges for the collaborative work of all its members.
In the present year, the II Adult Education for Life Meeting was held on December 7 in Condeixa, Portugal, organized by ESEC / IPC, the Portuguese Association for Culture and Permanent Education, the Municipality of Condeixa and the POROS Museum, with the support of ANQEP. Joy and goodwill reigned between speakers and participants in the sharing of knowledge and experiences about lifelong education.
Maria Fernanda Rollo, from the New University of Lisbon, emphasized the importance of local actors in promoting lifelong education, where "projects of affection" are made of people, with people, and for people.
The importance of integrated literacy in adult basic education was also underlined by Luís Rothes, from the Polytechnic of Porto, stating that it lives within a framework of territorial socio-educational projects. And when challenged to give advice to a future professional of Social Pedagogy, Luís Rothes said that work should not be focused on people's deficits, but on their potential, their literacy of life.
At the end, there was the incentive to do more and better together because "we are all concerned when we talk about Lifelong Learning, Education and Training".
Carla Patrão (ESEC(IPT Coimbra), Dina Soeiro (ESEC/IPT Coimbra, Carlos Ribeiro (Caixa de Mitos / EPALE Portugal)