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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Non-formal and informal learning

At the end of the summer of 2019, the DIAL project comes to an end presenting not only the expected but also fruitful results with added value. The team has developed an active and demanded teaching platform, has organized pilot tests and actual trainings with the main target groups of the project. Furthermore, the project’s leading partner follows the example and makes first steps towards Senior University in Latvia. 

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.

Are you a keen photographer? Why not take part in World Photo Day and help support the art of photography and contribute to raising funds for good causes! Got any photographs that show an impact on adult learning? Take part in our Star Supporter Photo Competition and be in with the chance of winning a prize worth £100!

Turkey Işbank, founded in 1924 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, transformed its historic building in Ulus into a museum. The museum was named “Economic Independence Museum of  Turkey Işbank” within the framework of the vision of Atatürk, that military victories can only be sustained by economic victories.

The architect of the building, built in 1929, is Giulio Mongeri. The magnificent historic building which is among the landmarks of Ankara has been transformed into a modern museum. The museum opened on 2 May 2019.

As well as being a social event, the visit of museums allows “outdoor" learning through practical experiences for both children and adults. According to Griffin and Symington (1998), visitors can learn in museums through: 

(a) taking responsibility for learning, 

(b) active involvement in learning, 

(c) purposeful manipulating of objects, 

(d) making links between exhibits and ideas, 

(e) sharing learning with peers and experts, 

(f) showing confidence in learning by asking questions and explaining to peers, and 

The present century has brought significant changes for organisations and industries throughout the world. Such changes have been reflected in a new way of working and organising that differ from the traditional, being the newest more prone to risk-taking and innovative approaches. In this increasingly competitive and global business context, it has appeared a relatively new concept: intrapreneurship. 
The ever-increasing financialization and complexity requires financial literacy to be an integral part of the research agenda and of global policy making, in particular in the EU. SUCCEED's partnership was composed of expert educational organizations such as CONFORM (Italy), BICERO (Slovenia) and FUNIBER (Spain) and a wide range of business support organizations: a business incubator, The Hive(Italy) and many networks of enterprises such as SATEAN(Romania), Italian-Luxembourgish Chamber of Commerce (Luxembourg), RES and CBE (both from Belgium).

Communication has great significance in human life. Every day people communicate, share relevant information and convey their thoughts. Various communication methods can change human emotions, thoughts and even behaviour. In pursuit of successful social inclusion of people with mental disabilities the Jonava people with disabilities activity center together with partners from Iceland and Hungary is implementing the Erasmus+ international project “Communication is the path to integration“.

29 August 2019
by Viktorija Juškaitė

Kaleidsocope training for migrant women was piloted in 2018-2019 in Finland, France, Italy and the UK. The particiapting women came from almost 30 different countries and more than half of them had a higher educational degree.

The results overall were very positive. In a nutsheel we found out that:

1 – The material was useful and empowering

2 – The material helps women during their first steps towards entrepreneurship and to understand their potential

3 – Women liked to share experiences and discuss

4 – These is a need of such courses in the society

A small team is the most important unit in working life. One needs many kinds of skills when working with different colleagues towards a common goal. Communications must be smooth. Everyone must be able to manage their own performance and some must also manage others. What kinds of skills are needed in this and how can one develop them?

Communication has great significance in human life. Every day people communicate, share relevant information and convey their thoughts. Various communication methods can change human emotions, thoughts and even behaviour. In pursuit of successful social inclusion of people with mental disabilities the Jonava people with disabilities activity center together with partners from Iceland and Hungary is implementing the Erasmus+ international project “Communication is the path to integration“.

1 August 2019
by Viktorija Juškaitė
Thursday 19 September 2019, Latvia

Pasākums "Influencerpratība"

19. septembrī plkst. 17.00 Latvijas Nacionālās bibliotēkas (LNB) 1. izstāžu zālē (1. stāvā) notiks pasākums "Influencerpratība". Mūsdienās katram jaunietim ir savs influenceris, un viņus ir iemīļojuši ne tikai jaunieši, bet arī reklāmdevēji. Pasākumā varēs uzzināt, kas patiesībā ir influenceri, ko nozīmē šī jaunā profesija un kā tas ietekmē ikvienu no mums.

Dalība pasākumā bez maksas, bet dalībniekiem ir jāpiesakās, rakstot uz e-pastu vai zvanot uz tālruņa nr.+371 29873206.

Pasākuma moderators – Didzis Bērziņš.

Thursday 26 September 2019, Estonia


Toimumiskoht: Park Inn by Radisson Meriton Conference & Spa Hotel Tallinn (Tammsaare ruum, 7. korrus)


10.30–11.00 Saabumine, kohv, tee

11.00–11.10 Täienduskoolituse valdkonna olulisusest ja kvaliteedi hindamise vajalikkusest, Terje Haidak, Haridus- ja Teadusministeerium

11.10–11.20 Töötukassa koolituskaardi partnerite hindamise vajadusest, Reelika Leetmaa, Eesti Töötukassa

11.20–12.30 Lävendipõhine hindamine, Kaija Kumpas-Lenk, Eesti Kõrg- ja Kutsehariduse Kvaliteediagentuur

Monday 16 September 2019 to Friday 27 September 2019, Poland

Dni uczenia się dorosłych w Collegium Da Vinci w Poznaniu

„Dni uczenia się dorosłych”, to kampania społeczna – inicjatywa tych, którzy doceniają rolę wiedzy i umiejętności współczesnego człowieka, chcą poświęcić swój czas i energię przyłączając się do ruchu wspierania osób dorosłych w kształtowaniu i rozwijaniu nawyku ciągłego uczenia się. Inicjatywa jest kierowana do wszystkich dorosłych bez względu na wiek, wykształcenie, wykonywany zawód czy zainteresowania.

Monday 14 October 2019, Sweden

Globala skolans seminarium: Lärande för hållbar utveckling - så gör du!

Den 14 oktober hålls en fortbildning i Göteborg om hur du kan undervisa utifrån de globala målen. Under fortbildningsdagen läggs särskilt fokus på delmål 4.7 - utbildning för hållbar utveckling och globalt medborgarskap - som handlar om hur skolan ska kunna ge barn och ungdomar kunskaper och färdigheter för att främja en hållbar utveckling i världen. 

Thursday 7 November 2019, Greece

Conference: Migrant and Refugee Integration as a Two-Way Process: Opportunities and Challenges in Education

This conference will bring together stakeholders and policy makers in integration and education in order to promote awareness among host societies and migrant/refugee communities for a better integration and social cohesion. The conference is organised in the frame of the Erasmus+ project Parents For All, which aims to support parents to deal with diversity in multicultural Europe.

Thursday 19 September 2019, Sweden

Globala skolans seminarium: Ingen fattigdom

Den 19 september hålls ett seminarium i Göteborg där fördjupning sker i det första av de globala målen: ingen fattigdom. Seminariet arrangeras av UHR/den globala skolan tillsammans med forskare från Chalmers och Göteborgs universitet och pedagoger från Världskulturmuseet och Universeum.

Friday 27 September 2019, Belgium


Conférence de présentation et de débats sur des outils et des pratiques en direction des mineurs isolés étrangers en Europe. Cinq pays (Autriche, Suède, France, Italie et Espagne) ont échangé sur les outils et pratiques et rédigé un guide à disposition de toutes et tous, éducateurs, enseignants, parents, responsables associatifs. La conférence est accueillie au Comité Economique et Social Européen.

Friday 13 September 2019, Italy

Inglese e Spagnolo per la terza età

Nella terza età mantenere il cervello allenato può aiutare a prevenire o ritardare malattia neurodegenerative. Per cui mettersi in gioco e imparare cose nuove e stimolanti,  favoriscono a creare nuove risorse cognitive, e ciò significa un beneficio enorme per la memoria e per il nostro benessere.  Attraverso l'apprendimento di una lingua straniera si lavora oltre che ha la parte cognitiva, allo sviluppo del cervello sociale facilitando il percorso formativo.


Thursday 28 November 2019 to Friday 29 November 2019, Denmark

(Højskole-)Lærerkonferencen 2019

Om Lærerkonferencen
Lærerkonferencen er et frit mødested for landets højskolelærere, hvor der er mulighed for at dele erfaringer om livet som højskolelærer. På konferencen vil der være rig mulighed for at få inspiration til sin undervisning, danne faglige netværk og få et udvidet kendskab til højskolebevægelsen. Dagene vil veksle mellem plenumoplæg og diskussioner, praksisrettede værksteder, fest og fællessang.


In the context of the support to the setting up of a national system for Validation of non-formal and informal learning in North Macedonia, as a top priority of the political agenda for adult education in the period 2016 -2020, our Center supported the development of the document: “VNFIL in E

UNESCO’s education programmes help improve lives across the globe.

Since its origins, UNESCO has advocated  for expanded opportunities for women’s and  girls’ education. The Education 2030 Agenda  adds new impetus to ensure that both  get equal opportunities, in formal and  non-formal education.

Often, the concept and activities of Popular Education is considered as "French idea". Nevertheless, some researchers have wrote on it, trying to distinguish what is Non formal education or Adult education in comparison with Popular education.

This dossier shows different experiences from Finland, Italy, UK, Spain, Greece, France,.... The is a concordance of ideas, concepts and activities. Probably, the most important caracteristic is the idea of social transformation.

Knowledge in science have been treated as „serious“ and solid knowledge allowing to comprehend the basics and laws of natural world of physics, chemistry and biology and opening venues to prestigious professions in medicine or engineering.

Employment Challenges and Training Needs of Unemployed and Underemployed Higher Education Graduates in Europe (Findings from the Reboot Project). The publication is available in English with executive summaries in Finnish, French, and Greek on pages 9-17.

The project website:

It is a multilingual Learning Management System developed with the aim to equip learners with knowledge, abilities and skills that allow them to enter the entrepreneurial world, via Industry 4.0 and Drone Technology, in order to yield the related opportunities. It includes a course, trainer guidelines, evaluation tools and e-learning platform.

UIL has played an important role in the international Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning (RVA) agenda since 2004, when UNESCO’s General Conference entrusted UIL with conducting and dissemi-nating research and practice on RVA, on an international scale.

The overall purpose of the UIL RVA programme is to promote a society offering lifelong learning for all by emphasising the importance of both formal and non-formal learning in achieving Education for All goals, and building bridges between formal, non-formal and informal learning.


The Non-Formal Learning Handbook for Volunteers and Volunteering Organisations is an outcome of the project Volunteers at the Interface between Formal and Non-Formal Education. The main aims of this Erasmus+ Key Action 2 project have been to create synergies between formal and non-formal education, promote the use of non-formal, participatory learning methods in formal educational settings and thereby address the learning needs of children and youth, in particular young people at risk.

Giorgio Rosso's picture

Valorize NFIL Across Europe is an Erasmus plus KA2 Adult started in 2018.


Council Recommendation of 20th December 2012 on the validation of non-formal and informal learning (NFIL) started an European common process the involved quite all UE countries.

Many researches put in evidence that this process shows 2 problems:

Ernesto VILLALBA GARCIA's picture

Everyone learns outside formal institutions, but the needs to validate non-formal and informal learning might be different for a migrant wanting to start working, a person that dropped out of school that wants to resume education or an employee that wants to improve its career prospects. Do we need different systems for each of those users? Can we just have one system that meets all their needs? 

Simon BROEK's picture

Do we actually learn more by formalising learning? There is a tendency to formalise learning. The most prominent development is the establishment of Qualifications Frameworks and Accreditation of Prior Learning systems. Both initiatives are based on the assumption that learning can be described in terms of learning outcomes.

Thinking in terms of learning outcomes is not a bad thing. As a proxy, it clarifies what people learn; it focuses the development of learning programmes; it allows recognition of prior learning against agreed standards.