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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Cultural education

  • A Success Story of Working and Living!

    The Journey to Work 4 programme enabled young people with special needs and fewer opportunities to undertake successful work placements in the Netherlands and Spain and increase their employment prospects.

After the borders of the European Union opened, Lithuania has been seeing an increase in the number of black people arriving in Lithuania. It is no surprise in most of the major cities, especially, in Vilnius. However, the residents of remote smaller towns of Lithuania still find it unusual: they glare at such people and are not keen to accept them into their rural communities.

What would our daily life look like without the possibility to enjoy and find inspiration in a book, a play, a movie or music - or without the possibility to express ourselves in a creative, symbolic way? Who more than artists can lead us to feel and see things differently? Switzerland is convinced that culture matters, and allocates part of its development cooperation funds to the support of artistic production in partner countries.

Do you work with young adults? Help them gain skills and experience through volunteering projects Do you have a project idea that can inspire young adults to make a difference through volunteering and are looking for accessible funding? Many organisations are already taking part in the European Solidarity Corps funding programme to enhance the prospects of their students through Volunteering Projects. Apply now for funding by 1st October 2019 to get involved!

 The Critical Thinking for Mediawise Citizens – CriThink project, implemented by Metamorphosis Foundation in partnership with Eurothink, supported by the European Union, announces this request for applications to provide support to initiatives of local civil society organizations in partnership with media and other stakeholders, which will promote creation of culture of critical thinking through promotion of media literacy.

"We learn from our grandparents" is a project based on intergenerational learning. In the 21st century, the intergenerational relationship between the elderly population and the young population has changed. The need to increase the solidarity between generations and the increasing importance of new technologies in the global world requires a new perspective in education and learning to develop stronger intergenerational relations.

The course Traditional Arts and ICT Art Tools for Teaching Your Subjects and Promoting Life Skills, organised in Barcelona in April, gave rise to new ideas on the role that slow reflection plays in learning. The art of Gaudí also stirred up strong emotions.

The Journey to Work programme aims to improve employment prospects and the earning potential of young people (up to 30 years old) by enabling them to undertake work experience placements abroad. The blog post discusses the achievements of some of the participant students who worked in the Netherlands and Spain and celebrates the many successes of the project.

Linguacuisine is an app created by an Erasmus+ project that allows people to create and share recipes, in turn allowing them to build a variety of skills, in particular cultural awareness and language skills. In celebration of the success of the project, they are holding the LinguaChef competition, which will provide the winner with a £200 cash prize and a LinguaChef Gold Certificate.

26 July 2019

EPALE UK Ambassador Brian Caul discusses an exciting new transnational partnership that aims to educate trainers working with ethnic minority groups on cultural awareness. Brian considers the ethnic mix in Northern Ireland, discusses the design of the project's blended course and explains next steps for the project. 

24 July 2019
by Brian Caul

In Austria, free media have been broadcasting since 1998 and have established themselves as the third broadcasting sector in addition to public and commercial. In a study by COMMIT, Community Media Institute, funded by the RTR-GmbH and the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. med. Meike Lauggas and Mag. Helmut Peissl analyse the educational relevance of non-commercial broadcasting in Austria.

26 June 2019
by Helmut Peissl

Informal learning is unexpected – it doesn’t follow a set structure and gaining new knowledge might surprise the learner. To celebrate EPALE’s current Non-formal and Informal Learning theme, we decided to seek out informal learning stories from Ecorys staff and prove how informal learning can be one of the best learning processes.

If we say that a picture is worth a thousand words, we can say that a video is worth more than a million words. The history of humankind is linked to images: from prehistoric rock paintings to Egyptian engravings, fresco paintings in churches, illustrated books in the Renaissance, upuntil today, where for example, the marketing industry is continuously using images to transmit thoughts. Everyday items like t-shirts, or road signs, WhatsApp icons allow us to understand and relate to each other through images.

17 May 2019
by Ewa KUBEL
Wednesday 25 September 2019 to Saturday 28 September 2019, Denmark

International Folk High School Summit 2019

The Association of Folk High Schools in Denmark are gathering international folk high school practitioners, promoters and researchers from all over the world, to rethink the role of the folk high school and contribute to a global alliance.

Check the website for the Summit for further description and detailed program.

The International Folk High School Summit has been organized in collaboration with:

Wednesday 21 August 2019 to Friday 30 August 2019, Spain

Los retratos quieren ver el mar. Otra forma de ver y mirar el arte.

Bajo el título Retratos: Esencia y Expresión, el Centro Botín en Santander acoge de forma permanente, una selección de obras maestras del siglo XX que incluye trabajos de Henri Matisse, Francis Bacon, Juan Gris, Joaquín Sorolla, Daniel Vázquez Díaz, Isidre Nonell, José Gutiérrez Solana y Pancho Cossío.
Wednesday 21 August 2019, Slovakia

Zreštaurované – maľby Dominika Skuteckého (prednáška s reštaurátorom Miroslavom Slúkom)

V súvislosti s výročiami maliara Dominika Skuteckého (14. 2. 1849 Gajary – 13. 3. 1921 Banská Bystrica) iniciovala Stredoslovenská galéria, ktorá spravuje umelcovu expozíciu v Banskej Bystrici, dva rozsiahlejšie projekty. Od minulého roka prebieha projekt zameraný na hlbší výskum tvorby umelca a reštaurovanie malieb z galerijnej kolekcie. Od marca 2019 do začiatku roka 2020 sú v priestoroch Vily Dominika Skuteckého postupne odhaľované zreštaurované obrazy a prezentované výsledky analýz vybraných malieb.

Sunday 11 August 2019 to Tuesday 31 December 2019, Spain

Exposición de Fotografías aéreas del Ferrocarril Vasco Asturiano

Hasta el 31 de diciembre de 2019 podemos visitar el Museo del Ferrocarril de Asturias, en Gijón-España,  una exposición de fotografías aéreas del ya histórico Ferrocarril Vasco-Asturiano.  Se trata de un trazado que se encuentra actualmente -en parte- en desuso o convertido en ruta

Thursday 5 September 2019, Poland

Gamifikacja po fińsku – gra w naukę, gra w czytanie, gra w zwiedzanie

Good Books, Miejska Biblioteka Publiczna i Centrum Historii Zajezdnia we Wrocławiu zapraszają na seminarium Gamifikacja po fińsku – gra w naukę, gra w czytanie, gra w zwiedzanie, które odbędzie się 5 września we Wrocławiu w Centrum Historii Zajezdnia.

Seminarium dedykowane jest dla wszystkich bibliotekarzy, muzealników, edukatorów i nauczycieli.

Friday 6 September 2019, United Kingdom

Northern Collaboration Annual Conference 2019 – Collaborating across physical, organisational and cultural boundaries

The Northern Collaboration Annual Conference 2019 will focus on the theme Collaborating across physical, organisational and cultural boundaries and will draw together many library professionals from across the UK. A total of sixteen sessions comprising of workshops, presentations and talks will ensure that delegates will be spoilt for choice and everyone can find something interesting to attend.

Wednesday 24 July 2019, United Kingdom

The EliCCon exhibition in Birmingham: colourfully lived traditions in Europe

The European project "European Lived Culture Connects" started in September 2018. The project Partners create photo reports on the diverse, lived cultural heritage in their region. The results will be presented to the public in an international exhibition series. The exhibition in Birmingham will open on 26th of July.

In response to an insufficiently skilled labor force, Arab countries are looking to Western adult learning perspectives. However, Western practices cannot be implemented without consideration of regional culture. This large-scale study aims to identify best leadership development practices for Arab adult learners and examines how these practices might best fit with local cultural contexts. To determine the effective practices for Arab leaders, the Delphi process was utilized to survey 24 experts in the field of executive education.

Chcesz w swojej instytucji kultury lub organizacji zająć się ochroną dziedzictwa kulturowego? Planujesz napisać projekt na działania z zakresu ochrony dziedzictwa? Zapoznaj się z aktualną polityką Unii Europejskiej w dziedzinie dziedzictwa kulturowego i z podstawowymi definicjami w tej dyscyplinie. Publikacja będzie szczególnie pomocna dla tych, którzy chcieliby w zakresie ochrony i prezentacji dziedzictwa współpracować z uniwersytetem, prowadząc działania edukacyjno-badawcze. 

This is an Erasmus+ funded project which aims to design and implement effective training tools for enhancing key skills and competences of (a) highly-skilled refugees and (b) the language teachers who work with them, and so enhance the employability and societal integration of skilled refugees.


At the end of a ‘Make Poverty History7 (MPH) training session for activists, as an inspiration for a group of about 30 young people to write their action plans’, a facilitator conducts the following visualisation (reproduced from my notes):

ABSTARCT This study aims at a theoretical comparison of elementary social studies education in Turkey and in the US, on the citizenship education level, based on the literature. For this purpose, citizenship education learning areas in both countries are compared on gains, skills, content, and values. This research shows that social studies education in Turkey include citizenship education topics such as democracy, individual rights, duty and responsibilities whereas citizenship skills are not much accommodated.

ABSTRACT The progression of a country and the integration of differences within a single aim is possible with people gaining the awareness of being a citizen. That is why citizenship training is not only a course given in the schools during formal education but also it includes lifelong learning. In this process every individual is expected to be citizen who is knowledgeable, problem solving, participating, responsible and sensitive to social problems. In the studies conducted till now, the concept of citizenship is discussed.

Marilyn Mehlmann's picture

Fascinated by the diversity of entries here. Can we make an overview? What do you teach that you regard as cultural education? What do you believe SHOULD be taught to European adults?