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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

Non-formal and informal learning


| 3 April 2020
| by Dominika Stiger

IEUME is a 2-year Erasmus+ KA2 Project that works to support the integration process of people with a migrant background (refugees, asylum seekers and economic migrants) via innovative educational tools which will help them gain access to information and a better understanding of some EU-related issues pertinent to them.


| 1 April 2020
| by Jamie Grundy

On Friday April 3, Jamie Grundy will deliver a free live webinar for his recently published book on the intersection of prison and sport education. He will read extracts from '90 Minutes of Freedom' - including real stories of the only prisoner football team in Wales - and answer questions about the writing of this book.


| 16 March 2020
| by Federica VARINI

"Participatory Guarantee Systems are locally focused quality assurance systems. They certify producers based on active participation of stakeholders and are built on a foundation of trust, social networks and knowledge exchange." An Erasmus+ project has created useful tools for those interested in building local sustainable food systems.


| 2 March 2020
| by Vita Maria Torelli

The dissemination event of "The Departure" blended mobility results was held in Massafra (Italy) from 22nd to 26th February 2020. It was organized thanks to the participation of the 7 countries of Erasmus+ KA204 I-TALES project: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal, Spain and the Italian learners,a group of local young people and migrants/refugees living in Massafra.


| 14 February 2020
| by Nevenka Longuro...

Фондацијата за развој на локалната заедница Штип, во рамки на проектот „Ефективен механизам за граѓанско учество“ финансиски поддржан од Проектот на УСАИД за граѓанско учество, распишува повик за учество на обуки за јакнење на капацитетите за мониторинг, лобирање и застапување на граѓански организации од Источниот плански регион.

Повикот е отворен за граѓански организации од општините,  Берово, Делчево, Карбинци, Пехчево, Пробиштип и Штип, кои имаат интерес да работат на мониторинг на локалната самоуправа и застапување на локални политики.


| 10 February 2020
| by Jacobo Santiago
Play2Grow! will create a set of training outputs and activities that will allow youngsters to acquire a series of Values and Skills through music, thanks to the cooperation of 5 complementary entities active in the music, training and youth field from Portugal, Spain and Italy. Stay tuned to the project evolution in our Play2Grow HUB, where you can find useful resources that will increase your competences on how to implement in your classroom state of the art approaches for the acquisition of key hard and soft skills through music, and all of this supported by a virtual community of peers and learners on which you will be able to interact, test and learn from each other


| 5 February 2020
| by Eva Delgado
Eucen and the Central European University are pleased to invite you to submit contributions to the 52nd eucen conference that will be held in Budapest (HU), Wed 27 – Fri 29 May 2020, entitled “University Lifelong Learning for Increased Participation, Performance and Partnership”.


| 3 April 2020
| by Iwona Buks

Men’s sheds have operated for some time in Słupsk, Wrocław and in the Włochy district of Warsaw. In September 2019, a new one was established in Warsaw's Wola district, as part of the activities of the Wola Centre of Culture. A men's shed is a public carpentry workshop for local residents. How does it work? Who comes there? What is its social dimension? And what does it have to do with adult education? We asked the above questions and more Adam Kadenaci, the coordinator of the men's shed at the Wola Centre of Culture.


| 22 March 2020
| by Ana Dajovska

In the past 2 years starting in 2017, a group of organizations from Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Romania and Spain have been working on the project “Partnering for refugees. Europe for you!”. In the frames of the project, around 40 young people attended practical workshops, met experts and travelled in order to learn more about the refugee crisis and migration. The programs of the organized youth mobilities started with team games in order for the participants to get to know each other better.


| 19 March 2020
| by Lorraine Calderwood

For ten years, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has been developing innovative ways of using the arts to combat poverty, isolation and loneliness amongst our older citizens – factors known to impact on physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and even mortality. Following the latest evaluation of the programme ‘A Decade On’, does learning through the arts hold the key to longer, happier, healthier lives?


| 16 March 2020
| by Iwona Kozieja-G...

The advantage of bringing the experience, wisdom and skills of different people, different generations is priceless. The kind of collective intelligence, shared meaning among generations can help us to build peaceful and emphatic societies. But how we can go for that on a bigger scale? How to make seniors and young people spending more time together, learning from each other, how to include mid-aged who are so busy today? It depends on people but we can also create some environment for more intergenerational dialogue.


| 11 March 2020
| by Isabelle Houot

Isabelle HOUOT, thematic expert at EPALE France and lecturer at the University of Lorraine, spent several days focusing on how validation of experience and certification work in Brussels. In this third episode, after looking at validation in the university environment, she explains the process of validation of prior learning in the Belgian education for social advancement programme. 

A group photo of Sankofa Intergenerational Learning Hub participants in Athens, Greece


| 10 March 2020
| by karl murray

The Ubele Initiative works with disadvantaged communities, most notably black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, providing an alternative view of adult education delivery through the lens of intergenerational practice-based learning. The Sankofa Intergenerational Learning Hub (TSILH) involved working with 110 participants on five leadership and learning courses in Athens, Greece and Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is the transformation of society through the participation of individuals as co-creator of learning that TSILH sought to challenge in contrast to the traditional approach to learning, where the learner is often seen as object rather than the author of their journey.

Monday 21 September 2020 to Friday 25 September 2020, France

SERA+ (SEcularism and RAdicalisation)

SERA+ is a comprehensive educational program of more than 1,500 hours dedicated to both those detained and identified as radicalized or at risk of radicalization hosted in prisons, as well as target groups (early school leavers, social day activity centres, underprivileged neighbourhoods, …)  that move freely but can evolve towards violent extremist phenomena.

Thursday 26 March 2020 to Friday 29 May 2020

AHEAD Conference: Through the Looking Glass- 10 Week Free Webinar Series

Transformation is a key characteristic in education and the workplace as it adapts to a changing society. AHEAD is no stranger to adaption and transformation too as this year we will be welcoming you to our online Conference. We have an exciting plan to deliver 10 weeks of webinars to you as we go through the looking glass to hear from practitioners and students about inclusion in different contexts such as FET (Further Education and Training) and Higher Education.

Wednesday 10 June 2020, Poland

Webinarium EPALE: Ewaluacyjny przybornik realizatora projektu szkoleniowego

"Ewaluacja to oczywisty (a przynajmniej taki powinien być) element każdego projektu, szczególnie projektu szkoleniowego. Niemal każde szkolenie kończy się ewaluacją, chociaż najczęściej prowadzoną w formie tzw. ankiety poszkoleniowej. Ale czy na pewno w ten sposób dowiemy się, czy projekt (szkolenie) jest realizowany skutecznie i efektywnie? Czy jest szansa, że dzięki projektowi zostaną osiągnięte założone cele - a na koniec - czy rzeczywiście założone cele zostały osiągnięte? Czy do realizacji projektu użyto właściwych i najefektywniejszych metod? Czy osiągnięte efekty przetrwają próbę czasu? Ewaluacja może odpowiedzieć na te (i wiele innych) ważnych pytań o sens i wartość podejmowanych działań - a praktycznie - pomóc działać skutecznej i efektywniej." - Beata Ciężka

Wednesday 6 May 2020, Poland

Webinarium EPALE: Checklista efektywnego szkolenia

Wiesz, że już w latach 80' naukowcy wiedzieli, że cykl Kolba nie odpowiada w znacznym stopniu za efektywność procesu szkoleniowego? Chcesz dowiedzieć się co w takim razie ma znaczenie?  A może po prostu przyda Ci się lista dobrych praktyk, o których warto pamiętać przy projektowaniu szkolenia? Właśnie takie omówimy na tym webinarze. 

Wednesday 22 April 2020, Poland

Webinarium EPALE: Trener w roli badacza

"Kiedy przychodzi nam do głowy słowo "trener" widzimy osobę błyskotliwie pracującą z grupą i w spektakularny sposób osiągającą cele rozwojowe. Czasem zapominamy, że te cele wcześniej zostały zdiagnozowane po to, żeby właśnie móc je w spektakularny sposób osiągać. Tym się właśnie zajmiemy. Pokażę podejście i narzędzia stosowane w identyfikacji i analizie potrzeb rozwojowych. Pokażę, że bawienie się w badacza może być równie zajmujące, co prowadzenie szkoleń." - Rafał Żak.

Monday 20 April 2020, Latvia

Vebinārs "Mūžizglītības veiksmes formula"


Mūsdienu strauji mainīgā vidē ikvienam rodas nepieciešamība kļūt par patstāvīgu savas kompetences pilnveidotāju, lai sasniegtu personīgos un profesionālos mērķus. Tādēļ aicinām noskatīties jaunāko EPALE vebināru "Mūžizglītības veiksmes formula", kas notiks 2020. gada 20. aprīlī plkst. 11.00-12.30.

Friday 3 April 2020, Wales

90 Minutes of Freedom by Jamie Grundy - Author reading plus live Q & A

90 Minutes of Freedom book cover

Jamie Grundy will deliver a free live webinar for his recently published book on the intersection of prison and sport education. He will read extracts from '90 Minutes of Freedom' - including real stories of the only prisoner football team in Wales - and answer questions about the writing of this book.

Thursday 26 March 2020, Estonia

Veebiseminar - Vajadusest teostuseni

Veebiseminar veebiseminari läbiviimisest.

Oleme olukorras, kus kõik õpetavad ja juhendavad inimesed otsivad lahendusi, kuidas õppetegevusi otsekontaktita jätkata ning siin on meile kõigile abiks e-õppe võimalused. Üheks mugavaks formaadiks distantsõppe läbiviimisel on veebiseminarid. 

Õppedisainer, e-õppe konsultant ja Innowise'i digivaldkonna juhtivkoolitaja Veronika Tuul töötas välja veebiseminari, millega toetada koolitajate valmisolekut planeerida ja läbi viia kaasavaid veebiseminare. 

Veebiseminari tulemusena on osalejad:

Tuesday 3 November 2020 to Wednesday 4 November 2020, Sweden

Mimerkonferensen 2020

Mimers årliga forskarkonferens äger rum den 3–4 november 2020 i Sundsvall. I år arrangeras konferensen i samarbete med Institutionen för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap vid Mittuniversitetet och Nätverket för kritiska kulturarvs- och museistudier.

Vid årets konferens är temat Kulturarv och folkbildning, varigenom vi särskilt vill uppmärksamma folkbildande aktiviteter vid kulturarvsinstitutioner såsom museer och arkiv, men också studieförbundens och folkhögskolornas kulturarvsaktiviteter.

Konferensen vänder sig både till forskare och till forskningsintresserade praktiker.


| 19 March 2020
| by Lorraine Calderwood

This is a summary of findings about the impact of the Arts Council Northern Ireland (ACNI) Arts and Older People Programme, jointly funded by ACNI, the Baring Foundation and the Public Health Agency. It covers the benefits of older people participating in the arts, the challenges of delivering the programme, its achievements, case studies, leaving a programme legacy, and building a support network.


| 19 March 2020
| by Małgorzata Makowska

We are presenting a report on adult education in five countries where the Learning Circles in Libraries project is implemented: Finland, Germany, Poland, Portugal and Romania.

The report contains an analysis of the state of adult education in those countries, with special emphasis on online learning. It also contains general conclusions and recommendations for the countries that will run Learning Circles, as well as the 'national’ conclusions and recommendations, i.e. those that take into account each country’s perspective.


| 9 March 2020

The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of energy resources activities on attitudes and views of prospective classroom teachers about renewable energy resources within the context of out-of school learning environments. In the study, quasi-experimental design without pre-test post-test control group was used. The research was conducted in the spring term of 2017-2018 academic year with an in-depth study plan for a total of 14 weeks with 12 prospective classroom teachers within the scope of Community Service Practices course.


| 11 February 2020
| by Alpes de Lumière
​​​​​​​The ECOMANAGMENT project is an Erasmus+ strategic partnership, bringing together six partners from five European countries. All partners have real experience of working with rural communities, especially in the area of traditional skills such as dry stone construction.


| 10 February 2020
BEE TRUE is a 6-day Structure Course in the frame of Erasmus+ Adult Education, which introduces the theoretical background on urban and commercial beekeeping along with practical exercise on the field. BEE TRUE is coordinated by NGO AENAO (, located in Thessaloniki, Greece. SESSIONS PLANNED: 24-29 February 2020 3-8 March 2020 11-16 May 2020 15-20 June 2020 Kindly contact us at and/or and inform us on your availability on the above mentioned dates.


| 31 January 2020
| by Mgr.Marcela Voreková
The intention of the “Cybersecurity for seniors” project was to prepare such an educational programme for seniors incorporating the subject of basic cybersecurity. We have tested new learning methods aimed at enhancing the digital safety of seniors in each partner country, looking together for the most appropriate topics based on international research. Also part of this publication is our research in three countries where we compared the safety skills of seniors and young people. In total, the publication contains 16 methods that are suitable for inclusion in different courses or individual lessons of lecturers, trainers, or teachers.
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| 14 September 2018
| by Giorgio Rosso

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:

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| 16 August 2016

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? 

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| 8 April 2015
| by Simon BROEK

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.