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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Basic skills

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.

The Foundation Tempus – EPALE National Support Service in Serbia is organizing a national EPALE conference entitled "Methods and techniques for the development of key competences in basic adult education", which will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, from 10am to 4pm in Belgrade.


At the beginning of June, Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner in Digital Economy and Society department, stressed the importance of ensuring that everybody has “equal opportunities in the digitalisation of our economy and our society” in a speech given at the opening of the Digital Assembly 2019. Also, she identified three action levers to achieve this equality of opportunities: the development of digital infrastructures, the dissemination of digital skills and the strengthening of the ability of all to be informed.

On Tuesday 8 October 2019 the KA2 partnership of adult educators in Belgium, Cyprus, the Netherlands, Northern Macedonia, Portugal and Sweden organise an international dissemination event to present the publication of the results of the KA2 project Recognition, Training and Validation of soft skills for employability of vulnerable groups.

Şanlıurfa Haliliye Municipality continues its activities for young people to spend quality time during the summer holidays. In addition to the courses opened within the Directorate of Culture and Social Affairs, the ‘READ-SWIM’ book reading activity, which includes trips to Göbeklitepe and Halfeti, is organized for young people to gain reading habits.

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

A suite of policies

In contrast to Luxembourg’s whole of Government approach to FL policy, Ireland has a suite of interrelated policies dispersed across core educational and childhood domains. These policies have a strong focus on improving literacy confidence and skills in Ireland.


Promotion and advocacy

1 October 2019
by Ann Hegarty

Luxembourg is the only country which has developed a nationally overarching policy framework to support FL across the lifecourse of its multicultural citizenship. In recognition of the important role that families play in children’s upbringing and education, Luxembourg has adopted a whole of Government approach to FL.

1 October 2019
by Ann Hegarty

This chapter aims to give an overview of the diverse approaches to policy relating to FL across the EU. Before considering EU policy, and to further contextualise this section of the OER, the chapter opens with a glance at UN FL policy. The chapter then turns towards related EU overarching policy frameworks and finally we drill down into the policy approaches within two EU Member States: Luxembourg and Ireland.

1 October 2019
by Ann Hegarty
Friday 25 October 2019 to Saturday 26 October 2019, Netherlands

DRONGO talenfestival

Tijdens de 8e editie van DRONGO talenfestival staat taal in al haar facetten centraal. Het thema van DRONGO talenfestival 2019 is ‘de impact van taal’.

Wednesday 20 November 2019, Belgium

LEVER UP International Conference

LEVER UP presents the results and the products achieved in the 2-year-long project lifespan. Guests from EC, policy makers and experts will contribute to an open debate on the key issues of the Validation of Prior Learning, the Informal and Non-formal practices for empowering competences, the transversal skills in the existing reference frameworks, and their impacts on individuals, society, education and labour market.


Thursday 16 January 2020 to Tuesday 25 February 2020, Luxembourg

Formation - Etre serein lors d'une prise de parole

Deux jours pour travailler sur vos qualités personnelles, c’est ce que vous propose cette session.

Être compris, rythmer votre intervention et interagir avec votre public sont autant de compétences que vous développerez dans un climat de participation et de bienveillance.

Objectif de formation :
Développer ses talents d'orateur.

Objectifs pédagogiques :

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.  

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.

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Health Literacy: online discussion

Welcome to the online discussion on Health Literacy organised by the EBSN EPALE team!
The discussion is open to everyone and will take place on this page between Monday, 6th (starting from 10.00 CET) and Tuesday, 7th November 2017. It will be moderated by Helen Casey, UK and the EBSN EPALE team.

Feel free to share your opinion and comment related to:

  • The situation of health literacy in your country
  • How to ensure the health systems more accessible to citizens
  • The role of adult education.