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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe


Non-formal and informal learning

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 

A lifelong learning festival was held at Bartın University in May,2019. Participants from different generations who participated in the event, which was carried out in cooperation with the Department of Lifelong Learning and Adult Education and the Continuing Education Application and Research Center, had informal learning experiences in sports, crafts and health related stands.

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is providing grants to communities to help them renovate and improve their community centres. The term ‘community centres’ is considered to be broad, with village halls, churches, sports centres and many other locations included. To apply, the postcode of the building must be in the most deprived areas for both urban and rural projects.

In order to prepare judges, delegates and the team for the implementation of the new Water Polo Rules (FINA Water Polo Rules 2019-21, Hangzhou 2018), all competitions at the VPSCG level will start, starting with the Cup of Montenegro for the younger categories 2018/19. VPSCG organizes Judicial Training and Delegates from all VPSCG lists, assistant judges (who perform table functions) and trainers of all age groups of clubs from VPSCG, in Bečići, Hotel "Montenegro", on Saturday, June 1, 2019. beginning at 9:00.

In this podcast, Simon Broek interviews Brigitte Bosche and Anne Strauch from the German Institute for Adult Education about the GRETA-portfolioPlus project on validation on informal and non-formal competences of adult educators.

While Third Places are in fashion and we seek to have them play multiple roles in the city, they are by nature singular, adapted to their specific environment, and only exist and develop insofar as they provide answers to essentially local problems. Wanting to increase their number does not always make much sense. However, this singularity, this essential plasticity, does not prevent us from seeking principles of functioning that go beyond specific contexts, and which tend towards a form of universality. Thus, seeking to understand their challenges and their contributions allows us to build and to test hypotheses in terms of inclusion, citizenship and solidarity.

A formal education is often vital for securing places on courses and programmes, and getting your foot through the door when it comes to gaining employment and beginning a career. However, people gain valuable knowledge and skills from informal learning experiences which can have a lasting impact on their lives. This post considers whether educational institutions and employers should be paying more attention to informal learning when considering candidates and compares the two different learning processes.

Friday 12 July 2019, Spain

Programa "Hablamos": EOI Santander - UIMP

Con el fin de posibilitar el primer contacto para los intercambios, la UIMP organiza una pequeña “fiesta-encuentro” a principio de los meses de julio y agosto a la que invita a sus alumnos extranjeros y a los alumnos de la EOI de Santander que tengan interés en realizar el intercambio lingüístico.
Thursday 14 November 2019 to Friday 15 November 2019, Germany

Seminar: Kompetenzen erkennen bei arbeitsmarktfernen Personen

Die berufliche Integration von arbeitsmarktfernen Personen ist eine immer größer werdende Herausforderung. Die herkömmlichen Instrumente der Beratung und Vermittlung stoßen dabei oft an ihre Grenzen. Welche Möglichkeiten bleiben dann noch für BeraterInnen und Einrichtungen, Kompetenzen zu ermitteln und Perspektiven für die Integration zu entwickeln? 

Wednesday 10 July 2019 to Sunday 14 July 2019

Cita con el Mercado de las Artes Performativas en Tenerife

Entre el 10 y el 14 de julio de 2019 tendrá lugar en Santa Cruz de Tenerife la tercera edición de MAPAS (Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur). Se trata del primer mercado profesional para el encuentro entre los creadores de artes escénicas en vivo (música, teatro, danza, circo y artes de calle) de Latinoamérica, África y sur de Europa y los responsables de programación, de teatros, espacios culturales, festivales y otros eventos, venidos de todo el mundo.
Monday 29 July 2019, Belgium

Cultiver ses ressources pour dépasser les difficultés

4 partenaires européens - Agricall (Belgique); BAG Familie und Betrieb e.V (Allemagne); Ländliches Fortbildungs Institut (Autriche) et Solidarité Paysans (France) vous invitent à leur conférence CULTIVER SES RESSOURCES POUR DÉPASSER LES DIFFICULTÉS Expérience d'associations européennes d'aide aux agriculteurs en difficulté Lundi 29 juillet 2019 lors de la foire agricole de Libramont (BE) 10h30-13h00 Bâtiment LEC - 1er étage (Hall 3), salle LEC 2 À PROPOS DE L'ÉVÉNEMENT Parce que les difficultés en agriculture ne se limitent pas aux frontières d'un pays... 4 partenaires européens de France, d'Allemagne, d'Autriche et de Belgique ont lancé avec le soutien de la Commission Européenne (Erasmus+) le projet "AgriRessources" Afin de permettre aux agriculteurs et agricultrices confrontés à des difficultés de mieux identifier et mobiliser leurs ressources... VENEZ PARTAGER LES CONSTATS DE CES 4 ASSOCIATIONS EUROPÉENNES ET APPROFONDIR LA QUESTION DES RESSOURCES EN AGRICULTURE Le coût d'entrée à la foire de Libramont vous sera offert sous réserve d'avoir procédé à votre inscription à l'événement.
Thursday 27 June 2019, Italy

Competenze ed accoglienza in un’ottica di rete

Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca Ufficio Scolastico Regionale per il Lazio


Progetto CRS&S seconda annualità – DD 1538/2017 – Piano nazionale triennale della ricerca

“Competenze ed accoglienza in un’ottica di rete”

Evento Conclusivo e di Restituzione Giovedì 27.06.2019 - ore 10.00 presso IPSOA “CELLETTI” FORMIA


Programma - Saluti della Dirigente Scolastica dell’ “IPSOA” Celletti – Formia Prof.ssa Monica Piantadosi

The article aims at designing the coherent and sustainable system of school leadership development in Lithuania. The article provides a theoretical insight on main principles of sustainable education that could be implemented in the system of school leadership development.

A large group of people are not sufficiently educated to get jobs or function properly as citizens, a fact which has been substantiated in one study after the other.

It is not that campaigns or educational opportunities have been lacking, but those kinds of opportunities cannot solve the problem alone because a good portion of the people in question cannot find the proper motivation they need to overcome the limitations they have due to their lack of education.

The main goal of the E4E@mk project, launched in 2018, is to contribute to more gainful employment of youth and specifically vulnerable groups, in a socially inclusive and sustainable way. This is expected to be achieved through a more market-oriented provision of non-formal education and training (NFET), strengthened cooperation between the formal vocational education and training (VET) and the private sector especially in terms of practical training of the students, as well as improved framework conditions as basis for development of the vocational skills.

The Guide represents a smart and user-friendly journey across Social Entrepreneurship, made up of 8 steps including tips, key business elements, infographics, interesting videos and educative games to foster aspiring entrepreneurs' hard & soft skills.

An easy-to-use online tool, accessible both from desktop and mobile, that provide aspiring social entrepreneurs all the elements and competences to start their business venture while contributing to solve determined social problems.

The Manual of Success Stories on Social Entrepreneurship tells ten business adventures across Europe that have young entrepreneurs as protagonists, with their strengths and weaknesses, fears and experiences.

Strong challenges turned into social enterprises as instrument of inspiration for young people who want to set up their own business, helping disadvantaged people and involving communities.

You can read the Manual and let inspire.

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.