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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Basic skills

The content of the course is simply learning the computer software and hardware. 

Adult trainees aged between 18-75 participate in this course. Generally, the trainees from 18 to 35 years old who are looking for a job.

Trainees use a computer and learn hardware information, Word -  Excel-  PowerPoint Microsoft Office program of 2016 version, Installation of operating systems, Internet usage. 

They usually want to learn how to use Office programs. Those in the age group 50 and above want to learn how to use the internet.

The course  “Hand crafted rebab and instrument with three double strings ” provided by  Erdek Public Education Center  is one of the courses  in the handicrafts branch. This course was opened for the first time in Erdek/Balıkesir/Turkey. The aim of this course, which is attended by 12 adult trainees is to earn income by making these instruments as well as the production of musical instruments. Both male and female trainees loved this course very much. The smell of wood made them happy.

Technology is becoming more and more essential for our lives and we should be able to keep pace with it. In this respect, robot programming is one of the essential skills and knowlodge for us to acquire. Robot programming /coding is important not only for technology but also other basic but important life skills such as problem solving, creative and analytical thinking and team work. In that sense, Yozgat Publich Education Center, In Turkey, provides its adult learners with a Robotic Programming / Coding Course and it has been functional since 1st December, 2019.  


Kitting toys named “amigurumi” produced by organic materials are completely healthy for kids and the environment. That's why the amigurumi is so popular nowadays.

In the Siirt Public Education Center, there are amigurumi courses for adults who want to acquire this ability. The adults, who are not actively involved in working life, mostly join our courses and made lots of toys during the course.

As a Siirt Public Education Center, we thought that why our hobby doesn't make someone happy. So we made toys to make orphan kids happy.

We are a Public Education Center in Mardin/Turkey. In the Nusaybin Public Education Center, We inaugurate special education programs so as to teach clothing production for adults every year. The objective of these courses is to provide the qualifications of tailoring to each person of the community who live here.

In the framework of the Capacity Buidling Series, EBSN organised 6 online discussions in connection with the OERs and online courses. The discussions elaborated on specific topics that are highly relevant to the themes of the OER and aimed to involve experts from the repsective fields of expertise. 


Gallery of online discussions


Digital Societies, Digital Inclusion
6 March, 2019 9:00 (CET) - 7 March, 2019 17:00 (CET)

18 December 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor

This series of units, each of which presenting a collection of open educational resources (OER) and online courses (MOOCs), has been designed to support European policy-makers and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of the European Commission’s Upskilling Pathways recommendation. Basic skills are a core element in Upskilling Pathways.

18 December 2019
by EBSN CBS Editor
There were 4,015 people in prison custody in Ireland in 2019, half of whom left school before they were 15 years old (Community Needs Analysis, Meaney, 2019). The rate of imprisonment in Ireland is approximately 81 per 100,000 of the general population (Irish Penal Reform Trust, 2019). Trying to ascertain figures for prisoners currently participating in education is difficult as the information is ambiguous.

Basic literacy and life-skills are general practical skills which are essential for our participation in the local community, for our integration into social life, for our employment, and basic skills also open the doors for us to acquire new specific skills and professional competences. Of course, we can find different definitions in different approaches, but their common feature is that basic skills include reading comprehension, literacy and numeracy skills, oral communication and digital skills, but also social skills which are increasingly emphasised among workplace expectations.

12 December 2019
by Györgyi Bajka

"Literary education at school is a powerful vehicle for decolonizing a strong Eurocentric vision, incapable, that is, of knowing and feeling the other - even within the cultural traditions - not as a threat, but as an opportunity for new and often unpredictable exchanges "

6 December 2019
by Lucia Iacovone

The aim of the Adult Educators’ Unconference is to promote the debating culture in the community of adult education and to bring the topics relevant for the community into focus, in order to find solutions to them together.

EPALE Themenfokus Nachhaltigkeit

Global warming, climate packages, Fridays for Future—discussions about sustainability are currently dominating the media. The EPALE Focus on Sustainability therefore draws on exciting projects from Germany and Europe to take a look at how adult learning is contributing to a sustainable society.

23 October 2019
by EPALE Deutschland
Tuesday 28 January 2020 to Wednesday 29 January 2020, Italy

6. mednarodna konferenca PIAAC

Organizacija za gospodarsko sodelovanje in razvoj (OECD) v sodelovanju z italijanskim ministrstvom za delo in socialno politiko, italijansko agencijo za aktivne politike trga dela (ANPAL) in Italijanskim inštitutom za analizo javnih politik (INAPP) prireja 6. mednarodno konferenco PIAAC.

Namen konference je spodbujati uporabo podatkov PIAAC in s tem vplivati na pomembne prihodnje politične odločitve.

Več informacij o dogodku najdete na konferenčni spletni strani.

Friday 24 January 2020, France

Gardeniser Pro : Enfin une formation pour l'animation des jardins partagés

Avec le développement en Europe des jardins urbains et partagés ces dernières années, une nouvelle figure professionnelle est en train d’émerger : celle de l’animateur de jardin (Gardeniser). Celui-ci correspond à des compétences professionnelles et humaines, dures et douces, qui ne sont pas toujours assez valorisées. En effet, savoir jardiner, même en connaissant parfaitement toutes les techniques, ne signifie pas que l’on saura animer un groupe, créer une dynamique, intégrer un projet dans un territoire.

Monday 8 March 2021 to Friday 12 March 2021, Cyprus

Teamwork & Teambuilding

Nowadays, it is widely accepted that a critical element of success for a team is the diversity of skills and personalities. This diversity can be harnessed in such a manner that team members can use their strengths in full but at the same time compensate for each other’s weaknesses. Another critical element of team work success is that all team efforts are directed towards the same clear goals, the team goals. In this respect, team work success largely relies on good communication in the team and the harmony in member relationships. On the other hand, team building skills are critical for effective management and leadership. Team building skills are essential not only for those who are on a managerial and/or leadership role but for all employees, given that better understanding of team work can make an employee/team member more effective and efficient at professional level. The ‘Teamwork & Teambuilding: reach high & far’ course will equip the participants with essential knowledge and tips on how they can become better team members, how they can get their team to work more effectively as well as how to lead a team into success. The course gives emphasis on the essential tips for creating member teams, such as fostering open communication, building trust, setting clear goals and harnessing/capitalizing on diversity. This is a masterclass course taught by high-calibre trainers and professionals with vast practical experience in working and building up international teams.
Friday 14 February 2020, Italy

Studia da adulto, diventa grande: workshop a Pescara su educazione degli adulti, politiche europee e territorio

“Studia da adulto, diventa grande” è un workshop  su educazione degli adulti, politiche europee e territorio organizzato dall'Istituto Tecnico Statale Aterno-Manthonè di Pescara, il CPIA di Pescara-Chieti (link is external)e l'Associazione Culturale SmartLab Europe con il supporto dell'Unità EPALE Italia-INDIRE.

Wednesday 15 January 2020, Germany

Webinar: "Family Literacy: Lesen von Anfang an"

Familie ist unser erster Lernort. Das betrifft auch Lesen und Schreiben und wie sie in der Familie gelebt und geübt werden. Grundbildung besteht aus vielen Dimensionen und eine davon ist Family Literacy. Warum ist Vorlesen wichtig? Welche Bedeutung hat es für die Lesekompetenz? Wie wirkt sich das Handykonsum auf das Lesen auf? Ist das Lesen von Literatur besser als das Lesen von Beipackzetteln? Diese sind einigen der Fragen, die wir in unserem Webinar beantworten wollen.

Monday 22 February 2021 to Friday 26 February 2021, Spain

ICT skills for Educators

Computing and IT is required by all businesses and jobs in today’s world. Information and Communication technology (ICT) has the potentialict_3 to transform teaching and learning processes. According to a recent study in OECD countries, students are more sophisticated in their use of technology than teachers; an inherent discrepancy between student knowledge and usage of ICTs with the abilities of teacher to use ICTs. This suggest that teacher inexperience and skill deficiencies may often be a fundamental factor which prevents the effectiveness of ICT use in education. The same study reveals that the most effective uses of ICT are those in which the teacher, aided by ICTs, may challenge understanding and thinking of pupils, and this can be done through whole-class discussions and/or individual/small group workshops using ICTs. Nowadays, it is widely accepted that the use of ICTs should not aim at completely transforming teacher practices in and of itself but rather enabling and supporting the move from traditional ‘teacher-centric’ teaching styles to more ‘learner-centric’ methods. In other words, making each one of the students active and fully engaged. The ‘ICT skills for Educators’ course is designed to enable participants to improve their teaching practices with the use of specific ICT tools, such as smart boards, web conferencing and webinars, among others, thus, creating a ‘learner-centric’ classroom. This is an ideal course for all teachers, educators & trainers interested in continuing professional development (CPD).
Monday 30 December 2019 to Wednesday 20 May 2020, Turkey

Photo shoot course

Participants in the Photo Shoot Course will gain knowledge and experience in the subjects related to cameras and basic photography.


Urban gardens are expanding around the world to encourage local production and consumption, social inclusion, dialogue and the adoption of a sustainable way of life. Indeed, whatever its shape, its size, each of them seeks the achievement of common objectives: social, educational, ecological, aesthetic, fun. Thus, they implement participative practices in their design, management and mode of operation.

This e-guide is addressed to professional trainers and educators willing to extend and develop their knowledge and awareness in the field of digital training, more particularly when delivering through an e-learning platform.
The output deals with the implementation of innovative pedagogical methods with the help of digital technology in the field of lifelong learning and adult education.

The WAMDIA curriculum was developed with these users in mind, particularly those who are not IT professionals, but whose work involves creating digital content that must be accessible to all who come across it; in fact, the target is any ICT users conscious of the need to make all the digital content they create accessible to everyone.

Career development has become important factor in life of everyone. Employers are increasingly appreciating skills that enable effective teamwork and creative problem solving. An individual is expected to be open and focused on self-initiative training, knowledge of lifelong learning and education. Employers demand more and more skills from candidates who do not only relate to anindividual's professional competence within the chosen profession.

The Flanders Social and Economic Council (SERV) focuses on the theme of digitization. After all, not only the technologies used are changing, but also tasks and jobs, skills and competences, work forms and work formulas, revenue models and organizational structures are evolving. That is why the social partners published a vision paper and action plan as a start for a digital policy agenda for Flanders. The action plan contains recommendations and actions for the Flemish Government in seven areas. On the meeting day "Literacy at work: w @ is d @?" on November 8, 2019 in Brussels Mieke Valcke from the SERV told more about the plan.

A recording of a lecture by Mr Tamás Harangozó, Chief Editor of the European Basic Skills Network - EBSN, on the topic of a "Key concepts of basic skills learning and how curated resources on EPALE can be utilised for developing policy and practice", at the Third National EPALE Serbia conference held on October 16, 2019 in Belgrade.

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.