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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Barriers to learning

AHEAD, an organisation that is focused on promoting full access and participation of students with disabilities in further, higher education and employment are hosting their annual international conference, 'Through the looking glass: Reflecting on Inclusion from the boardroom to the classroom' on the 26th and 27th March 2020 in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland. 

Our project called  Stajyerler Avrupa'da İlerliyor, which we have prepared for the students studying in Motor Vehicles Technology and Electrical-Electronics Technology departments, has been successfully completed.
Within the scope of our project, 7 students and 1 companion teacher from the Department of Motor Vehicles Technology went to Colegiul Tehnic Dimitrie Leonida training center in Romania between 20.01.2019-02.02.2019 and made an internship on Hybrid and Electric Motors.

The Expert Committee for Further and Continuing Education appointed by the Norwegian government (Ekspertutvalget for etter- og videreutdanning), recently published the report “Lærekraftig utvikling” (“Learnable development”). The work was led by Simen Markussen, Senior Research Fellow at The Frisch Centre.


With the aim of proving that being mentally retarded is not an obstacle to learn, handicrafts courses have been given to those who were directed to non-formal education because they have mild mental retardation by Canik District Directorate Of National Education, Canik Public Education Centre, and Special Education Job Application Center.

“InterCult” is a European cooperation project aimed at improving the intercultural skills of educators for delivering efficient language training to adult migrants. InterCult is developing an Intercultural Trainers Kit which will provide different methodologies and techniques for improving educators’ skills related to mutual understanding, cultural dialogue, tolerance and inclusion, awareness raising on cultural specifics of migrants and utilization of opportunities to use these specifics in a learning environment.

Vice Chair of the 1919 Report Centenary Committee, Sir Alan Tuckett, recently described the need to bolster adult education in the UK, which has seen a downward trend in funding and engagement. Adult education is a vital tool for ensuring a better future for individuals, companies and society at large. The Committee considered aspects that they think are particularly important in order to ensure a good future for lifelong learning. 

Nobody would write an organisational strategy without having a plan to support those who deliver it. Adult learning professionals are at the heart of supporting the wider workforce but who is responsible for looking after their own development? Over the years I have had the privilege of reviewing any number of lifelong learning strategies and plans across Europe, but very few have a systematic approach to developing the leaders, managers, teachers, and other staff who deliver it. 

20 August 2019
by Mark Ravenhall

In an article published in May 2019 in a leading scientific journal “Work, Employment and Society”, Konrad Turek and Kène Henkens from the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute investigated whether the low employability of older people results from age-based stereotypes regarding skills.

14 August 2019
by Konrad Turek

http://leargas.ieLéargas, Ireland's national agency for Erasmus+, recently brought together project co-ordinators from a variety of Irish colleges and organisations to share their experiences of how best to support students during their Erasmus+ VET (Vocational and Education Training) placements abroad.

In the first of two posts, Elva Duggan, Léargas' VET coordinator, sums up the key points that emerged during the day. This post focuses on preparation. The next will focus on the placements themselves and risk management. 

1 July 2019
by Caoilte Bashford

Motivational interview (MI) has been designed as a method that will help medical professionals to inspire and sustain patients habit changes, for example: stop eating sugar, take your medication on time. The need for this method was very obvious: patients easily lose motivation to sustain change and sometimes they are not sure why they should change in the first place.

25 June 2019
by Ruzica Madzarevic

The Economic and Social Research Institute(ESRI) conducted an independent evaluation of the Youthreach programme in late 2018 which has been published by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority.

This blog reports on the lauch of the evaluation on Monday 17th June, and will give summary of the ERSI evaluation, as published by SOLAS, along with a summary of SOLAS' report and recommendations in response to the evaluation.

Wednesday 9 October 2019, Czech Republic

Konference EPALE na téma Vzdělávání dospělých na okraji - PRAHA

Národní podpůrné středisko EPALE při Domu zahraniční spolupráce si Vás dovoluje pozvat na konferenci na téma VZDĚLÁVÁNÍ DOSPĚLÝCH NA OKRAJI. 

Konference se bude konat dne 9. října 2019 od 9:30 hodin v Praze.

Pozvánku, program a registrační formulář naleznete zde:

Wednesday 18 September 2019 to Thursday 19 September 2019, Poland

Kongres Edukacji Pozaformalnej

Kongres KEP 2019 to kontynuator dorobku Kongresu Edukacji Pozaformalnej, tym razem odbędzie się w Warszawie w dniach 18 i 19 września 2019 r.. To już czwarta edycja inicjatywy środowisk zajmujących się wspieraniem uczenia się przez całe życie poza systemem edukacji formalnej, przestrzenią do dyskusji o osiągnięciach i wyzwaniach jakie przed nami stoją. Kongres będzie spotkaniem najwybitniejszych specjalistów sektora, którzy przyjadą na Kongres z całej Polski, by podzielić się swoją wiedzą, doświadczeniami i refleksjami.

Friday 2 August 2019 to Sunday 4 August 2019, Spain

A 5-a conferință internațională privind educația, învățarea și formarea


ICELT 2019 își propune să reunească cercetători, oameni de știință, ingineri și savanți pentru un schimb al experiențelor, ideilor noi și a rezultatelor cercetării din toate aspectele educației, învățării și formării și a discutiilor despre provocările practice întâmpinate și soluțiile adoptate.

Conferința va avea loc în fiecare an pentru a o transforma într-o platformă ideală pentru ca oamenii să împărtășească puncte de vedere și experiențe în educație, învățare și formare și domenii conexe.

Wednesday 25 September 2019 to Thursday 26 September 2019, Italy

DoCENT Conference

DoCENT intends to develop innovative tools for integrating digital creativity into EU Teacher Education. The project will focus on developing, implementing, validating and disseminating an innovative model to guide teacher educators in applying digital creative teaching practices.

Monday 15 July 2019, Ireland

Irish Childcare Scheme Information for Parents

Given that a lack of accessible, affordable childcare is often a barrier parents face to education, the Irish National Childcare Scheme may be of interest to many of those working in adult education. From October 2019 The National Childcare Scheme will replace all previous targeted childcare programmes in Ireland, with a single, streamlined and user-friendly Scheme to help parents meet the cost of quality childcare.

This report aims to contribute towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), with particular focus towards:
• Quality Education: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
• Gender Equality: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
• Reduced Inequalities Partnerships for the Goals: Reduce inequality within and among countries.

The recent refugee crisis has put many OECD countries under considerable pressure to accommodate and integrate large numbers of refugees. Refugee students are a particularly vulnerable group due to their forced displacement, but their needs are not always met by
education systems, which can hinder the integration potential of these students. This poses considerable challenges as the integration of refugee students in education systems is important for their academic outcomes as well as their social and emotional well-being.

The study looked primarily at job-related education and training, and at the dispositional, situational and institutional barriers that people experience. Dispositional factors and barriers are related to an adult’s self-confdence, for example due to earlier learning experiences, and their intrinsic motivation to engage in education or training.

This booklet highlights seven action points to create more and better learning opportunities for adults with low skills. It provides practical insights for stakeholders who are directly involved with engaging low-skilled adults in learning, including policy-makers, learning providers and the social partners.

The positive ageing indicators report is an outcomes framework to monitor trends and changes in the participation levels, health, and security of older people in Ireland, at a national level. The positive ageing indicator set was developed by the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative(link is external) and reported for the first time in 2016.

The 2017 Adult Participation in Learning Survey included 5,169 adults aged 17 and over
across Great Britain, with fieldwork conducted in September and October 2017. This
sample has been weighted (generating an effective sample of 5,039) to provide a
nationally representative dataset. The survey deliberately adopted a broad definition of
learning, including a wide range of formal, non-formal and informal learning, far beyond
the limits of publicly offered educational opportunities for adults.

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) conducted an independent evaluation of the Youthreach programme in late 2018 which has been published by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority.

Here you can find the ERSI report, as published by SOLAS, along with SOLAS' report and recommendations in response to the evaluation.

This presentation, from An Cosán VCC's Community Partner Forum, addresses the theme of "The Role of Technology in Shaping the Future of Education and Work" and documents Southend Family Resource Centre and its members' journey since joining An Cosán VCC. 

An Cosán Virtual Community College (An Cosán VCC) with the support of EPALE Ireland held its third annual "Community Partner Forum" on Wednesday 29th of May in NDRC, Dublin 8. This presentation addresses the theme of "Global, National and local: The Role of Technology in Shaping the Future of Education and Work".  

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As part of our March focus, EPALE is organising a written discussion on how to ensure inclusion in adult learning and what makes for an inclusive adult learning provision. The discussion will take place on this page on 22 March at 10:00 CET and will be moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Simon Broek and Ellen Boeren. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your views and experiences with the EPALE community.
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Despite a strong focus on skills strategies at European level, progress in equipping adult learners with basic skills remains largely insufficient. 1 adult out of 5 still lack for instance numeracy or literacy skills in Europe today. This can seriously hinder employment objectives as well as democratic participation, social inclusion and personal development.