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Scottish colleges will be welcoming Digital Ambition Roadshows in autumn 2019 – students and staff will be asked what they think learning will look like in the future and their responses will then be used to develop a ‘digital ambition’ for the country. Six colleges will be receiving the roadshows, which are listed in the article.

In scope of the ERASMUS+ Staff of Adult Education programme, a workshop was organized on 15 October 2019, in Akdeniz Üniversity, Bumin Kağan Conference Hall for the project called “Intervention Methods in Rehabilitation of Adults Convicted of Sexual Immunity Crimes in EU Countries Project” in cooperation with Antalya Probation Office, Antalya, L type, Closed Penitentiary Institution and Antalya E type, Directorate of Open Penitentiary Institution.

On 10 and 11 of October, in Lazarevac, Republic of Serbia, the Second national festival and the First regional festival of horticultural libraries were held. They were organised by Mirko S. Markovic, head of the Horticultural libraries network and the host library National library “Dimitrije Tucovic” from Lazarevac.

We got an amazing experience to be invited to the EPALE Conference 2019. We gained new knowledge, information regarding the adult learning, also about how to use the platform and how we will be able to leverage it in the future.

We also got an opportunity to share our experiences with EPALE platform. As we are starting now our Erasmus Plus projects, we will be even more aware of all great features, which is offering EPALE for project implementation and dissemination.

Thank you again team EPALE, EPALE Slovakia, we really appreciate to get this opportunity.

Third spaces as "out-of-place” spaces cause offset and edge effects. They offer the possibility of feeding a critical analysis on the notion of "third" as well as that of "place" in a relationship to the economy, territory, work and governance. They facilitate cross-fertilization and dissemination of knowledge using a space-based practice by imagining other development scenarios that could be discussed in a "popular" dimension (popular centrality, popular economy, popular education).

9 December 2019
by Hugues Bazin

Jim Sheehan is Director of The Social and Health Education Project (SHEP). SHEP is a community education and development project founded in 1974 that is active in Cork, Kerry and Limerick. SHEP have used Erasmus+ Adult Education funding to support staff training and professional development since 2014.  Jim shares SHEP’s experience of using Erasmus+, and his advice for  organisations considering getting involved.

Third places for learning? This is a subject that fascinates Denis CRISTOL, Director of Engineering and Training Systems at CNFPT, Associate Researcher at Paris Ouest Nanterre, and expert in pedagogical innovation.  First of all, because the notion of “learnance” that he has developed and implemented addresses all the conditions that facilitate the act of learning. Also because place is a relevant and enlightening indicator of how we perceive training and learning. The fact that our training rooms and lecture theatres have changed very little since the Middle Ages cannot be without reason, he begins. 

Hayley Reynolds is a Library Assistant with Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Libraries in County Dublin. She is currently studying for a Masters in Library and Information Studies. Hayley recently took part in the Erasmus+ funded Transnational Cooperation ActivityPublic Libraries and their Roles and Work with Inclusion and Learning‘.

Citizens' Curriculum workshop

Workshop 5 focused on research and innovative practice to support upskilling and earnings progression, highlighting the powerful benefits that adult learning can confer. To realise those benefits, particularly for disadvantaged groups, providers and learners need flexibility. Orienting funding and quality assurance systems towards the outcomes of provision, rather than just its inputs and outputs, might help allow that flexibility.

11 November 2019
by Alexander Braddell
Plenary session tables before delegates arrive

EPALE UK Ambassador Cath Harcula recounts her experiences at the EPALE UK and L&WI's (EAAL's) joint Annual Conference 2019 in London, providing an overview of the keynote speeches, plenary session, workshops and roundtable discussion, and giving consideration to the major questions raised at the event. 

11 November 2019
by Cath Harcula
Delegates listen to a keynote speaker

On 23 October 2019, EPALE UK and the Learning & Work Institute (European Agenda for Adult Learning) held a joint conference in London. I attended the workshop which presented the experience of Belfast in becoming a UNESCO Learning City with a specific focus on tackling inequalities, especially around health and wellbeing. Core to the work and future development is connectivity – linking globally, locally and across sectors/disciplines. This point was taken up by the second speaker who looked at the development needs of the adult learning workforce and how these should be linked to those of related disciplines.

8 November 2019
by Colin Neilands
The Cross Borders project team

The Erasmus+ KA2 Strategic Partnership Cross Borders Project has come to a close and now is the time to celebrate all the wonderful achievements of a project that places the experiences of refugees and migrants, and their education providers at its heart! The project has overseen the development and production of a range of educational resources, case studies, informative videos and reports, the links to which are provided in the blog post.

7 November 2019
by Catalina Quiroz
Group under tree
Seona Anderson discusses an Erasmus+ project that aims to increase agroforestry in Scotland - an approach to agriculture that combines forestry and farming and provides organic food that supports the ecosystem and encourages a responsible approach to climate change control. The project took the team to dehesas outside of Europe and enabled adult learners to build skills that could then be put to use on agoforestry initiatives in Scotland.
7 November 2019
by Seona Anderson
Thursday 12 December 2019, Finland

Ollaan ihmisiksi - ekosivistyneenä Euroopassa

Yhteinen tehtävämme on luoda Suomesta sosiaalisesti, taloudellisesti ja ekologisesti kestävä sivistysyhteiskunta. Haluamme tukea samaa kehitystä koko Euroopassa. Kuinka löydämme oikeat raiteet suomalaisina, eurooppalaisina ja maailmankansalaisina? Miten arkemme mukautuu ilmastonmuutokseen? Millaisen tulevaisuuden haluamme nähdä? Ja ennen kaikkea: kuinka olemme ihmisiksi toinen toisillemme, ympäristöä kunnioittaen? Tehtävä on suuri, mutta innostava. On aika koota kaikkien ajatukset yhteen.

Monday 2 December 2019 to Friday 6 December 2019, Belgium

Lifelong Learning Week

La Liflong Learning Week est un évènement annuel, organisé par la plateforme européenne de la société civile, Lifelong Learning Platform. Ce réseau de 45 réseaux européens dans tous les champs de l'éducation, de la formation, créé en 2005 se veut le lieu d'interlocution avec les institutions européennes et de proposition pour placer l'éducation et la formation au centre des processus politiques européens.

Wednesday 27 November 2019, Estonia

IMAESC placement Workshops

Head täiskasvanuhariduse eksperdid ja huvilised

Ootame teid kolmapäeval 27. novembrill 9:30-17:30 Tallinna Ülikooli kogema rahvusvahelise programmi IMAESC magistriõppe üliõpilaste töötubasid. Ruum M-439. Töökeel on inglise keel, Korraldavad Tallinna Ülikool ja EPALE.
Kiirustage! Registreerimise tähtaeg on 22.11.2019

Thursday 5 December 2019, Malta

Adult Learners' Forum in Malta

The Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability within the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta is organising an Adult Learners' Forum as part of the EU Agenda for Adult Learning project. This closing event will focus on the experience of various adult learners and the policy work by the EU Agenda for Adult Learning project especially on the Schools as Community Learning Spaces. 

The Adult Learners' Forum will be held on 5 Decemeber 2019 from 16:30 - 19:00hrs at the Undercroft, Old Theatre Street, Valletta.


Thursday 9 January 2020, United Kingdom

Westminster Education Forum - Improving provision for care leavers - implementing the Care Leaver Covenant and local offers, and the transition into further education and employment

The Westminster Education Forum will be holding the policy conference on ‘improving provision for care leavers’ in London on Thursday 9th January 2020. The main aims of the event are to consider appropriate steps for improving provision for care leavers, introduce the Care Leaver Covenant, consider the implementation of local offers and funding opportunities, and to inspect the standard of existing support for care leavers. Tickets are priced at £230+VAT. 

Tuesday 12 November 2019 to Wednesday 13 November 2019, North Macedonia

Обука на тема „Граѓанско учество и транспарентост„

Фондацијата за развој на локалната заедница Штип Ве поканува да учествувате на обуката за зголемување на граѓанското учество и транспарентноста на локалните јавни претпријатија и институции.

Thursday 7 May 2020 to Sunday 10 May 2020, Serbia

ICC Conference 2020

2020 – 27th Annual Conference, Belgrade

May 8-10


Innovation in Language Teaching: new ways to learn and teach more effectively

The 2020 Conference will be held on 8th – 10th, May, 2020, in Belgrade, Serbia. The conference will include, workshops and poster presentations encompassing ways of enriching teaching and learning.

Tuesday 22 October 2019 to Friday 29 November 2019, Ireland

South Inner City Adult Education Service: Free Community Development CPD Programme

The South Inner City Adult Education Service is putting on a free community development CPD programme. The QQI Level 5 Working with Groups course aims to develop the facilitation skills for community or youth workers. It is also open to any employee who is interested in developing their knowledge about working with groups in a community setting.

The Working with Groups course will take place on 22nd -23rd October, 14th - 15th November and 28th - 29th November in Dublin 8 Community Education Centre, Synge Street, Dublin 8.


An informal and authentic conversation sharing the personal stories of amazing people who returned to education in Ireland as an adult learner. Every Day I'm Learning is real people opening up about their extrodinary lives, being both honest and vulnerable. In this podcast Dearbháil Lawless chats with adult learners as they describe overcoming their fears, taking up new opportunities and how education changed their life.


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.

Cycle Competence Centre (CYCLE CC) is the hub where educators can find training and guidance tools in 6 languages to help them introduce circular economy in different learning environments.

Through the Erasmus+ Active Citizenship project, the Prisoners’ Education Trust has released the Citizenship Inside: A guide to creating active participation in prisons toolkit designed to be used by prisoners, prison staff and the voluntary sector to help drive engagement with active citizenship in prisons and prepare those in custody to have a positive experience when they are released.  

Adult education plays a key role in imparting knowledge about democracy, politics, political processes and social structures, particularly important in times of economic and social change. It should empower people so that they are in a position to exercise their rights and help shape the way in which society progresses.

What is citizenship education? How and where does it take place? What are thematic key aspects, approaches, methods? How should we structure courses for citizenship education and how can the education of democracy be implemented for adults?

This booklet highlights seven action points on how to involve social partners to make adult learning work for the future. It provides practical insights for stakeholders who are directly involved in the design, implementation and monitoring of adult learning policies, including policymakers and social partners. Each action point draws on research evidence and provides insights on how to translate it into practice by highlighting promising policies in OECD and emerging countries.

Trainers' kit to be used during EUMENTORING: Inova Consultancy Ltd recognises that finding employment for migrant women can be a daunting prospect, even more so when their background is in any STEM field. Inova developed group mentoring sessions to incorporate action learning techniques, coaching and mentoring, combined with career development/self-reflection tools to support women in STEM and improve their employability skills. The Mentoring CirclesTM have been adapted to EUMentoring for the purpose of the EUMentorSTEM project.

Co-creation is more than participation. It implies that different stakeholders co-initiate, co-design and co-implement a project or programme together. This report, created in the frame of the Erasmus+ project “Co-Create”, aims to analyse the situation in the participating countries of Austria, Denmark and Finland.

6 volunteer organisations from Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary , and Romania started the project “Volunteer Organizations‘ Input to Community Education (VOICE)” under the EU-programme Erasmus+. Within this project partners explored the community education approach practiced by volunteer centers, intercultural centers as well as neighborhood centers, and exchanged their expertise in providing non-formal learning and training opportunities for their communities. As a result of this project they created this E-Book with an input about community education, practical tips on implementation of community education in local communities, the role and success factors of volunteer/neighbourhood/intercultural centers as important providers of community education as well as a good practice collection of learning and training programs offered by the involved partners.

The Family Skills project has released a Family Skills Toolkit to assist parents and carers who are still developing their own language skills and caring for children who are also building English ESOL skills. It contains weekly sessions, resources and activities and is free – those interested in obtaining a copy should use the link provided.