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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

Basic skills

news

| 30 October 2019

Literacy, numeracy and social skills are fundamental to master typical situations in everyday working life. Competence deficits in this areas can prove to be an obstacle to permanent and successful integration into the labour market especially for migrants, refugees but also for locals.This is where the ERASMUS+ project “Workplace Basic Skills” kicks in!

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| 27 October 2019

Lifelong learning festivals were held in Malatya in cooperation with Malatya Governorate and Malatya NSS. Authorities stated that the Learning Festival is a set of activities that aim to increase participation in lifelong learning activities, inform the public about learning opportunities, encourage learning by having fun, and include artistic and cultural performances. and to enable individuals to participate actively in learning processes. Within the scope of the festival, various booths containing adult products were opened for public visits.

blog

| 5 November 2019

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

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| 23 October 2019

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.

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| 9 October 2019

Some of us probably are, but others aren't. Adults exposed to social exclusion and adults with low skills are unlikely to be prepared for the demands of today's world. This is why "Our Digi Space" was created - to improve the quality of life of these adults through the promotion of digital literacy.

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| 1 October 2019

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. 

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| 1 October 2019

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).

 

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| 1 October 2019

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.

 

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| 1 October 2019

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.

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| 1 October 2019

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

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.

Monday 30 November 2020 to Friday 4 December 2020, Italy

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).
Tuesday 2 June 2020 to Thursday 4 June 2020, Germany

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

To kick off the new world programme for ESD ‘ESD for 2030’, UNESCO is organising an international conference in Berlin, Germany.
The meeting will raise global awareness on sustainable development challenges and the crucial role of ESD as a key enabler for the successful achievement of all SDGs and provide impulses for strengthening ESD in education policy and practice.

 

Monday 4 May 2020 to Friday 8 May 2020, Spain

English for Educators: advance your career (level I)

DESCRIPTION OF TRAINING CONTENT

This course is ideal for all those working in the field of education, adult educators, trainers & coaches, university staff (academic & administrative) who want to improve their level of spoken and written English. It aims to give participants an overview of English grammar and vocabulary with special focus on acquiring and improving language skills in a dynamic and communicative way, through individual, pair and group work.

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| 10 November 2019

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.

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| 23 October 2019

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.

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| 23 October 2019

A recording of a lecture by Ms Laurence Martin, Director of the Association pour la Promotion du label APP from France, on the topic of a "Personalized approach to the development of key competences in adult learners - a practical example, The APP label", at the Third National EPALE Serbia conference held on October 16, 2019 in Belgrade.

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| 1 October 2019

Lifelong learning is an important component of the European Union (EU) strategy
for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Promoting it is part of the EU
guidelines for employment policies as well as the EU education and training
strategy (ET 2020). Job-related adult learning and continuing vocational training
play an essential role in this respect. Beyond initial education, they help to meet
the main skills challenges on the labour market. Adult learning and CVET are
essential to appropriate skills development for employed and non-employed

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| 19 September 2019
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).

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| 18 July 2019

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.

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discussions

| 3 November 2017

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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.

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