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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

Cultural education

  • EPALE Community Stories... so far!

    Sharing is an educational process in itself, and our community has shown itself to be responsive and eager to get involved. Here is a selection of some of the stories - grouped by topic – from our amazing community members!

    Community Stories… so far


| 11 September 2020
| by Barbara Janic

The project "Common Cultural Heritage" was implemented under the Erasmus+ program, in partnership with organizations from Poland, Italy and Spain. Students of three Third Age Universities took part in a series of music, cultural and historical workshops. Within two years, groups of seniors supervised by teachers prepared to take part in international meetings in several cities in order to exchange experiences and share knowledge about common cultural roots as well as differences concerning diversity of history and tradition in particular countries or regions.


| 6 September 2020
| by EPALE Keskus Eestis

Nowadays, many studies around the world have proved that playing an instrument improves cognition, develops coordination, and memory functions. Of course, it is ideal if learning starts as a child, but believe me if you have the desire to start with music learning, you can do it even as an adult with no previous knowledge.

Ursula Liebmann


| 23 August 2020
| by EPALE Moderator

Ursula is the general manager of Meeting-Point Library, the office for public libraries, which is tasked with offering a service and support for public librarians and their work within 260 public libraries in the federal province of Lower Austria. Furthermore, it is responsible for the development of librarianship as well as for generating visions and strategies to implement the paradigm shift that is taking place. What happened with the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown?

art of inclusion


| 11 August 2020
| by Tino BOUBARIS

When working with refugees and migrants, professional and volunteer helpers often encounter barriers in terms of verbal exchange and language, and need to design ways of exchange in joint projects in a way as to enable active participation for all. Communication and language play a central role. How can spoken language be replaced? How are relationships shaped in terms of exchanging experiences and understanding? What contributes to the success of active exchange and communication, what can be an obstacle?

Community Stories… so far


| 6 July 2020
| by EPALE Moderator

From the beginning, the Community Stories' goals have been to fully engage our community in telling their stories, get to know their colleagues from all over Europe, and share the issues that were affecting their everyday life and that were challenging their education activities. We have received dozens of stories in a short space of time. This confirms our community’s will – or need – to get through this crisis together, sharing their solutions and being an inspiration to each other. We have collected 78 stories from 28 countries... so far.

Anđela Jakšić-Stojanović


| 26 June 2020
| by EPALE Moderator

It is no surprise that all the epidemics in the past have changed the course of history to a greater or lesser extent. Empires were established while others disappeared under the outbreaks of the plague, cholera and many other diseases. Wars were fought or ceased, borders between countries changed, the influence of religions grew stronger…Why should it be different this time? Changes are inevitable. The only question is whether we will be able to adapt to them in time.


| 23 June 2020
| by Henrik Zipsane

Thinking a little deeper about the ongoing popular removal and destruction of statues around the world provides some other perspectives than just wanting to preserve these historical relics. It may be more important to preserve the memory of what is happening now. We see a clash of civilizations and struggle for human rights as remarkable as the Me-Too movement.

Anya Feltreuter


| 18 June 2020
| by EPALE Moderator

Anya has been working in libraries for 13 years. During the Corona crisis the library staff was working as assistants in sheltered accommodation or spending the day helping elderly residents with tasks such as cleaning, laundry and running errands, and leisure activities. She says that when the crisis is finally over they will definitely not go back to doing everything as they did before.


| 13 August 2020
| by Lucia Iacovone

Since his childhood in Dublin, George Bernard Shaw spent many hours wandering the rooms of the National Gallery of Ireland, calling it a place to which he owed “much of the only real education I ever got as a boy in Eire.” Just before his 94th birthday, he completed his last will, leaving one third of his posthumous royalties to the Gallery.


| 2 July 2020
| by Teresa Dello Monaco

The Lingua+ Teacher Training Course Guide and MOOC are a combination tool that educators working with adult immigrants can use to build a growth mind-set. It is available for use on the Lingua+ website - use it as a springboard for your own creativity!


| 26 June 2020
| by Gudrun Larusdottir

Learn the life is a new two-year Erasmus project accepted in May 2019, with the formal kick of meeting hosted in Norway in November 2019. The second meeting was supposed to take place in Denmark in March 2020 and the third one in Croatia in June 2020. With the Covid outbreak, the steering group of the project has not been able to hold the study visits and meetings. However, the group has changed there method for the moment and have hosted couple of virtual meetings, using Zoom. Our next study trip is planned to Iceland in October 2020.


| 3 June 2020
| by Altheo VALENTINI

The Europeana Education Community brings together all those who believe that Europe’s digital cultural heritage has an important role to play in education and want to embed Europeana in both formal and informal education in order to foster innovation. The community is open to all professionals involved in cultural heritage and learning at cultural and/or educational institutions, schools, NGOs, ministries and local governments, as well as the private sector.
Thursday 11th of June, 2020 from 10.00 to 11.00 AM, the fourth edition of the Culture From Home webinar series will bring together experts in cultural heritage and education.


| 17 March 2020
| by Hugo Snabilie

From the 14th until the 17th of November 2018  a TCA (Transnational Contact Activity) took place in Santiago de Compostella in Spain, titled ”Cultural Heritage: European Cultural Heritage in Adult Education”. In the course of these days a couple of people worked on the idea of empowering volunteers by involving them in activities in museums. The idea was worked out and presented at the end of the contact seminar.


| 2 March 2020
| by Beyagac Hem

    Traditional tar production, which is forgotten, is taught to future generations with the support of The Beyagac Public Education Center.
With the support of the Katran production course, Beyağaç public education center, lifelong learning goes into traditional courses

Friday 25 September 2020, France


Dans le cadre du projet européen ARTEM qui vise à promouvoir l'interaction entre les communautés locales et les migrants nouvellement arrivés à travers les échanges de service non marchands, l'Association Pistes Solidaires organise un événement le 25 septembre, de 10h à 12h, au Centre social la Pépinière afin de présenter les résultats du projet et les perspectives à venir. 

En raison de la Covid-19, Il est recommandé de vous inscrire préalablement auprès de Soha au 07 54 35 44 88 ou

Wednesday 8 September 2021 to Thursday 9 September 2021, Europe

ICSD 2021 : 9th International Conference on Sustainable Development, 8 - 9 September Rome, Italy

European Center of Sustainable Development in collaboration with Canadian Institute of Technology  will organize the 9th ICSD 2021 International Conference on Sustainable Development, with particular focus on Environmental, Economic and Socio-Cultural Sustainability.

The Conference theme is: "Creating a unified foundation for the Sustainable Development: research, practice and education".

Monday 12 October 2020, Hungary

II. Országos Múzeumandragógiai Műhelynap

A Pulszky Társaság – Magyar Múzeumi Egyesület Múzeumandragógiai Tagozata és az EPALE – a Felnőttkori Tanulás Elektronikus Európai Platformja valamint a JPM Csontváry Múzeuma együttműködésében Pécsett kerül sor a II. Országos Múzeumandragógiai Műhelynapra.

Saturday 24 October 2020, Spain

III Jornadas de Arqueología de Gijón 2020. El proceso de romanización de los pueblos del Noroeste tras la conquista de Roma

Con la finalidad de difundir y fomentar el conocimiento de la historia a través de la arqueología en el contexto del Noroeste Peninsular  se celebran durante los meses de septiembre y octubre 2020 las III Jornadas de Arqueología de Gijón/Xixón.
Wednesday 14 October 2020, Germany

Kulturelles Erbe: Abschlusskonferenz des Erasmus+ Projekts DELPHI

Einladung zur Abschlusskonferenz des Erasmus+ Projekts DELPHI "Development of Continuing Professional Development for Heritage Interpretation to facilitate Lifelong Learning for Social Inclusion and European Cohesion" (2018-2020), die online am Mittwoch, den 14. Oktober 2020 von 10 bis 14.30 Uhr stattfinden wird.

Thursday 10 September 2020, Norway

Informasjonsmøte om Erasmus+-utlysning: Kreative strategiske partnerskap

EU lyser ut ekstra midler til "Kreative strategiske partnerskap".

Har du ideer til kreative samarbeidsprosjekter som kan gi løsninger på utfordringer som har oppstått i kjølvannet av Covid-19?

Bli med på informasjonsmøte den 10. september for å lære mer om hva du kan søke om støtte til og hvordan.

Denne utlysningen er en del av Erasmus+, som er EUs program for utdanning, opplæring, ungdom og idrett. En rekke organisasjoner og aktører kan søke om støtte. Denne utlysningen er særlig relevant for organisasjoner fra kulturfeltet og kreative sektorer.

Monday 9 November 2020 to Tuesday 10 November 2020, United Arab Emirates

14. International Conference on Information Literacy and Education

Prospective authors are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference through submissions of their research abstracts, papers and e-posters. Also, high quality research contributions describing original and unpublished results of conceptual, constructive, empirical, experimental, or theoretical work in all areas of Information Literacy and Education are cordially invited for presentation at the conference.

Tuesday 27 April 2021 to Thursday 29 April 2021, Sweden

Museernas vårmöte

Sveriges Museers styrelse har i dialog med arrangörerna för Vårmötet 2020 tagit beslutet att flytta fram vårmötet till våren 2021 på grund av rådande pandemi.

Målet är att kunna genomföra vårmötet i Visby våren 2021. Ett tips är att, även om det kan ändras, göra en preliminärbokning i era kalendrar den 27–29 april 2021.

Friday 11 September 2020, Sweden

Föreläsning online om kulturarv och social sammanhållning den 11 september

Kulturarvsdagarna 2020 pågår mellan den 11-13 september med flera olika evenemang.

Den 11 september föreläser NCK:s ( Nordiskt centrum för kulturarvspedagogik) Gustav Wollentz bjuder på ett webbföredrag med fokus på Kulturarv och social sammanhållning, fredag 11 september kl 15-16.

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| 12 May 2017
| by Marilyn Mehlmann

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?


| 7 September 2020
| by Martin BARTHEL

MORE THAN WORDS was a three-year Adult Education project which focused on the needs of people who do not speak the main language of the country in which they live. This was understood primarily to mean refugees and migrants, but the project also addressed other questions of linguistic exclusion, for example deafness, trauma and autism. The pan-European partnership consisted of some organisations who were already offering training in areas that could be beneficial for these groups, and some who were working directly in the target communities, with a degree of overlap.


| 31 August 2020
| by İhsan Çağatay Ulus

Contemporary and urgent environmental problems need to be addressed through Education for Environmental Citizenship. This chapter proposes a specific model of Education for Environmental Citizenship which includes the outputs, dimensions, scales and spheres of Environmental Citizenship. A specific pedagogical approach is elaborated which can promote the Education for Environmental Citizenship Model (EEC Model).


| 7 August 2020
| by Helene Sajons

Corona did not stop our learners´ creativity!

In the course of the Erasmus partnership project "Culture and Arts: Bridges to Solidarity" (CABS) partners have collected reminiscences of learners and created various resources.
For this task the German partner, Volkshochschule Olching, developed a file which was used in different language courses in French, English and Spanish.
The results were collected and an eBook created:


| 6 August 2020
| by Györgyi Bajka

KultúrÁsz Public Benefit Association has been implementing a two-year international cultural project titled Universal Culture. During the implementation phase of the project - between 1 March 2018 and 29 February 2020 - involving the project partners from over the border, they undertook to explore, analyse and systematize methods, procedures and best practices in the field of culture that can help preserve national identity, develop local identity, build communities, promote voluntary work, transmit national traditions and keep young generations in the mother land.


| 6 August 2020
| by Györgyi Bajka

One of the prominent goals of the Learning communities and social transformation project (EFOP-5.2.2-17-2017-00066), co-ordinated by the Hungarian Nullpont Cultural Association, was to explore, study and systemise, with the help of cooperating partners, those methods, procedures and good practices that illustrate the role of adult education and adult learning in promoting social inclusion. We have taken into account the procedures and methods that can be utilised generally, irrespective of individual geographical regions.


| 29 July 2020
| by Alessandra Cecc...

Processes and strategies of adult education are at the centre of reflection proposed in the articles (researches and practices) collected in this fifth issue of the magazine "EPALE Journal on Adult Learning and Continuing Education".

Reflecting on the meaning of education in adulthood means looking after places, actions, subjects and citizenship practices. The editors Vanna Boffo and Laura Formenti write in the editorial:


| 23 July 2020
| by Gabriella BAKA

A teaching resource for teachers of English based on two paintings. The resource contains two lesson plans for young learners and teenagers and is based on the 2019 Erasmus+ Teacher Training Course 'Drama in Education & Professional Acting Technique for Educators' in Florence led by the New York based trainers Marisol and José Angel Santana. 

The lesson plans provide a demonstration on how to use art ceartively integrating the toolboxes of drama in education and acting.


| 22 July 2020
| by Mehmet Ocak

Europeana is the result of the inspiring idea, backed by a letter from six heads of state to the President of the European Commission, that Europe should take ownership and responsibility of its past and make it an integral part of its future. Today, Europeana empowers cultural heritage institutions to share their collections with the world. And so far, over 58 million cultural heritage items from around 4,000 institutions across Europe are available via Europeana online. But these numbers alone do not tell the whole story.


| 17 July 2020
| by Sophie Alder
Funded by Erasmus+ with scientific guidance from the University of Edinburgh, the SHIFT Dance toolkit is the culmination of an 18-month research and development project. The SHIFT Dance toolkit shares the practices developed during the project more widely whilst raising the profile and skills of dancers with additional learning support needs across Europe. It is available in English, Dutch and Spanish and it is free to access. This toolkit will be particularly useful for dance practitioners at community, educational and professional level.