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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Basic skills

The Council of Europe are inviting everyone to take part in a language challenge around the European Day of Languages! The 51 challenges within the handbook encourage learners to go outside their comfort zone and take advantage of the opportunities to practice or learn more about a language.

We are glad announce that in the next phase of EBSN’s Capacity Building Series two thematic online discussions will be available on EPALE: workplace basic skills learning between 7-8 October and family literacy between 9-10 October.

The consecutive online events aim at generating discussion around two of the highlighted topics of the Capacity Building Series to explore the experiences from practice and policy. The results of the online discussions will be integrated into the upcoming CBS units: the OERs and MOOCs on workplace basic skills learning and family literacy.


Project Funded by:  ERASMUS+ KA2 "Strategic partnership for adults”

Project Duration:  24 months

Start Date:  01/09/2018

End Date:  31/08/2020


In our transforming society lack of digital skills in the elderly population is synonymous to social isolation; inability to access information and services, including health services; loss of autonomy, and an increased sense of inadaptability.

Workplace learning in Germany can be approached through three projects and initiatives: AlphaGrund Bildung für den Arbeitsplatz, BasisKomPlus (Arbeit und Leben) and the Toolbox: Arbeitsorientierte Grundbildung (AoG). This section aims to give a basic introduction to the key materials of these initiatives. 

1 October 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

Policy background

The Swiss National Law on Adult education is an important policy element in the Swiss context. Follow this link to read more about its role by the conference presentation of Cäcilia Märki (annual conference of the European Basic Skills Network - Tallinn).


1 October 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

The aim of SkillsPlus is to give adults the opportunity to acquire the basic skills they need to keep up with the demands and changes in modern working life and civil society. Skills Norway has the administrative responsibility for a programme directed towards developing basic competence for working life. The programme was established in 2006. Since then 30 000 participants received training at the workplace.


1 October 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

The Skills Highway has been established to help employers learn how workplace literacy and numeracy training can help them improve business performance. The Workplace Literacy and Numeracy (WLN) Fund is provided by the Tertiary Education Commission and manged by the Industry Training Federation. Detailed data about the program’s reach in 2017 can be found in this report.

1 October 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

Workplace basic skills trainings have been developed and evaluated during the last 20 years in many countries of the European Union and beyond e.g. Canada, New Zealand, USA, Ireland, Norway, Switzerland and Germany. In the framework of this OER unit there will only be a selection of programs and projects portrayed: New Zealand, Norway, Switzerland and Germany. 



New Zealand

1 October 2019
by Cäcilia Märki

EU’s Upskilling Pathways and Workplace Basic Skills


The first OER unit of EBSN's Capacity Building Series on EPALE covered the significance of Upskilling Pathways in basic skills provision from a policy perspective. (for a more elaborate discussion of the Upskilling Pathways recommendation follow the link).

1 October 2019
by Cäcilia Märki

Thank you for taking the time to engage with this OER on FL. We hope you found it stimulating and useful. We wish you well in what we hope will be your pioneering policy work to support the development of a proliferation of FL across the EU and in so doing contribute to a more equitable, inclusive and literacy confident EU community.



Further relevant EPALE resources

1 October 2019
by Ann Hegarty
Friday 15 November 2019, Germany

Fachtag und Barcamp: Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung

Fachtag GBZ Berlin

Das Berliner Grund-Bildungs-Zentrum lädt Sie herzlich am 15. November 2019 von 8.30 bis 16.30 Uhr zum diesjährigen Fachtag zum Thema Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung ein! Dieser Tag dient zur Bestandsaufnahme und zur Diskussion von Zukunftsthemen – und diesmal wollen wir durch einen BarCamp-Teil ein Stück näher an Ihren Anliegen arbeiten. »Wo stehen wir in Berlin – wo wollen wir hin?«

Tuesday 26 November 2019 to Friday 29 November 2019, Portugal

Training Course: Children's and Neighbourhood Parliaments - How to Implement?

The methodology used by the Children’s Parliament program aims to support the organization of communities and their sustainable development.
It creates circles of people who actively engage in the debate, planning and implementation of actions that facilitate the resolution of their own problems.

Friday 22 November 2019 to Sunday 24 November 2019, Austria

Menschenrechtsbildung an Schulen: Trainingsworkshop in Innsbruck

Du findest Menschenrechtsbildung an Schulen genauso wichtig wie wir?
Du hast Freude daran mit Kindern und Jugendlichen zu arbeiten?
Du möchtest Praxis sammeln als Workshopleiter*in?
Dann absolviere das dreitätige Training „Menschenrechte machen Schule“ und werde danach als ehrenamtliche*r Menschenrechtsbildner*in an Schulen für Amnesty Österreich tätig!

Monday 7 October 2019 to Thursday 10 October 2019, Europe

Debates en línea ESBN-EPALE: “Habilidades básicas en el lugar de trabajo” y “Alfabetización familiar”

El equipo EBSN-PALE ha anunciado dos próximos debates en línea durante la segunda semana de octubre, dentro del marco de actuación ‘Capacity Building Series

El primer debate será Workplace basic skills learning (El aprendizaje de habilidades básicas en el lugar de trabajo), del 7 de octubre (12:00) al 8 de octubre (17:00). 

El segundo debate es sobre Family literacy interventions: policy and practice (Intervenciones de alfabetización familiar), del 9 de octubre (12:00) al 10 de octubre (17:00).


Thursday 26 September 2019, Hungary

Erasmus+ A Felnőttkori Tanulás Európai Menetrendjének Nemzeti Koordinátora” projekt regionális tájékoztató napja Békéscsabán

A Nemzeti Szakképzési és Felnőttképzési Hivatal AL AGENDA „Kompetenciafejlesztési pályák: Új lehetőségek felnőttek számára” c. program nevében szeretnénk meghívni a 2019. szeptember 26-ra, a Békéscsabán tartandó regionális tájékoztató napunkra Önt és kollégáit.

Wednesday 15 April 2020 to Saturday 18 April 2020, Turkey

International Pegem Conference on Education (IPCEDU-2020)

International Pegem Conference on Education (IPCEDU-2020), whose main theme is "The Role of Education in Developing/Improving Social Conscience", aims to introduce scientific studies to the world of publication by addressing and discussing academic issues. The conference program includes panels, workshops, oral presentations, comprehensive research and poster presentations. Presentation languages are Turkish and English.  

Monday 20 April 2020 to Tuesday 21 April 2020, Denmark

Nordisk konference om voksnes matematiklæring

Nordisk Netværk for Voksnes Læring (NVL), Danmarks institut for Pædagogik og Uddannelse (DPU), Vuxenutbildning i Samverkan (ViS), Børne og Undervisningsministeriet, VIA University
College og 3F inviterer til konference om voksnes matematiklæring i 3Fs hovedbygning på Kampmannsgade 4 i København.


Konferencen tema er perspektiver på voksnes matematiklæring og matematik. 

Matematiske færdigheder og kompetencer er en væsentlig forudsætning for voksnes aktive deltagelse i samfundet samt en betingelse for tilknytning til arbejdsliv og adgang til uddannelse.

Thursday 26 September 2019, Italy

Workshop EPALE e Erasmus+ a FierIDA, fiera dell'istruzione degli adulti

"FierIDA - Istruzione degli adulti: passato, presente, futuro" si svolgerà a Siena dal 25 al 27 settembre. Nel corso dell'evento nazionale più importante per l'educazione degli adulti saranno previsti conferenze, laboratori formativi e workshop di condivisione di buone pratiche rivolti ai professionisti del settore.

Tra gli appuntamenti dedicati alla dimensione internazionale dell'istruzione il 26 settembre l'Unità Epale e l'Agenzia Erasmus+ organizzano un workshop di informazione e formazione sulle opportunità del Programma Erasmus, specificamente rivolte al settore EDA, e sulla piattaforma Epale per presentare sia gli strumenti tecnici a supporto della collaborazione che le iniziative nazionali promosse dall'Unità Epale per la valorizzazione dei temi e dell'offerta formativa del settore.

Il workshop si avvarrà della collaborazione degli Ambasciatori Epale che intervengono a FierIDA come docenti dei Cpia da diverse province italiane.

/fr/file/programmafieridaepale2609pdfScarica il programma del workshop Epale Erasmus+

Visita il sito di FierIDA con il programma completo

Globalization and digitalization changed the type, distribution and requirements of jobs. With the inevitable use of ICT in the workplace, it became necessary for people to have the right digital skills for employment. However, less than one half of adults possess such skills (OECD, 2016), while half of the world’s population still does not have access to the Internet (International Telecommunication Union, 2018; Hernandez & Roberts, 2018).

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.

Holistic education is an approach towards developing educational courses and programmes within FGU whereby teaching is built up around complete wholes that are meaningful for the students to work with. As teachers within FGU, you all have ample experience planning instructive and motivating courses. This experience can now be brought into play in the planning of holistic courses across both general and vocational subjects.

Zübeyde Ceylan's picture

Halk eğitimleri kurslarının çok kültürlü ve çok dilli bir atmosferde olaması var yerel halk ve mülteci / göçmen topluluğunun entegrasyonunda problemler doğurmaktadır.

Kültürel farklılıklardan çeşitlilik uyumluluk sorunu, iletişim engelleri ve bu engelleri aşma yolları bugün açık alan çok popüler toplumun öncelikli konularından birini arıyorlar.Öğretmenler çok kültürlü sınıf atmosferinde entegrasyon  metot ve tekniklerle problemler yaşıyor bu problemlerin giderilmesinde iyi uygulamalara ihtiyaç duymaktadır.

Olusola McKenzie's picture

We recently delivered an E+ project where we sent both young and older learners to Portugal on a work placement programme.

As we were anticipating that this might be the first time some of our learners had lived away from home, we created a document titled "Independent Living Guide", which covered Planning for travel, work, etc, but also gave our participants tips on Health and Wellbeing and Personal Safety.

I think this could be improved and I would like to ask colleagues what they have used in the past to support their students? 

abdullah öztürk's picture

 Material should be developed for Special Education students according to the type of disability. In this context, we prepared the KA101 project. what materials can be prepared according to the type of obstacle / disability. We need your help. Would you please write your comments. Thank you.