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EPALE - Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe

Social inclusion

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| 20 January 2021
| by Magdalena Soliman

In the last decades, in response to the large numbers of children with conduct disorders and the shortage of professional personnel, there has been an increasing emphasis on training parents as therapists for their own children. Parents who have children with disabilities are often reported to have physical and psychological distress related to caring for their children. Children with behavioral disabilities may manifest a wide range of difficulties in social adjustment and/or social communication and social relationships.

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| 18 January 2021
| by Christine Best

In this period of pandemic, we found ourselves working a lot on the concepts of Resilience and Antifragility, both applied to enterprises and to people, which in the end are the same thing, because enterprises are made of people. This led us to research cases and models to use for training.

Kadi Kass

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| 15 January 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

"I would like to share with you my experience working in the area of voluntary work. I will focus on some of the aspects of how to adapt to the new situation in the light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, all the trainings of the Women's Voluntary Defence Organization had to be suspended. one of the members with a background in educational technology made a call to all the volunteer instructors in the community asking who would be willing to conduct a basic training in organisational training and safety as an online course. Together with several other volunteer instructors, I was ready for this new challenge, and became an online trainer overnight."

Ensuring the three-step approach of Upskilling Pathways - skills assessment, tailored learning offer and validation

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| 12 January 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

In order to improve access and take up quality learning opportunities, adults with low qualifications and basic skills challenges should have access to Upskilling Pathways in three key steps that are skills assessment, tailored learning offer, and validation & recognition. The second session of EBSN’s podcast series on EPALE is addressing the three-step approach of the European Commission’s Recommendation on Upskilling Pathways: New Opportunities for Adults.

Mary Moynihan

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| 12 January 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

"With any new ways of working there are always learning curves. Factors to consider are the high costs for digital expertise and creating tailor-made web development programmes; time needed to train staff and time needed for a smooth transition to online work. Some learners experiencing disadvantage may not engage as well due to a lack of internet access, up-to-date equipment or a private space in the home or because working digitally is not the best way of learning for that particular person while other learns benefit more from on-line learning."

Véronique Berthollet

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| 11 January 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

"It would have been ideal to run online courses on the Zoom platform during the lockdown period, but our audience are adults who have little experience of school and who live in a precarious situation. The  majority do not have a PC at their disposal. We then decided to do video sessions on Messenger several times a week so that the learners could have a chance to actively practise their language and therefore not forget what they had learnt. It was also a chance for them to communicate with each other and with the teacher."

Remos Armaos

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| 11 January 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

"Thanks to sustained global efforts, the current pandemic has showed us that knowledge sharing and communications keep us together even virtually and that learning from others and our own previous experience is as essential as attending formal education. This pandemic is not a dead end to our mission; rather an opportunity to reflect, adapt on the emerging needs and new priorities set for and by the professionals we care for."

Linda Štucbartová

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| 4 January 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

"Many people sewed masks, but I couldn’t even handle a pin cushion properly in third grade. So, I decided to help single mothers instead. The journalist, Nora Fridrichová, who has been dealing with this issue for some time now, draws attention to the fact that the group of single parents is relatively large in this country – consisting of 200,000 families, where the main breadwinner mainly works on a part-time contract. It took the government over a month to approve a support fund for this group."

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| 18 January 2021
| by Altheo VALENTINI

Nurturing your own passions is definitely the most effective way to keep learning at any age, but it becomes even more relevant as you grow older, when you have more time on your hands. What about if that talent that you have never completely expressed and shared with the rest of the world could become your main driver for active ageing?

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| 8 January 2021
| by Tino BOUBARIS

Most adult education institutions in Europe address migrants as a target group. However, what is often missing is the active involvement in the whole portfolio of adult education activities where migrants are addressed not only as recipients but also as knowledge providers and experts in their own right. The Erasmus+ Partnership project PRISMA has developed an assessment form that enables adult education providers to self-assess the participation potential of adult education institutions.

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| 13 December 2020
| by Hatice SANCAR TOKMAK

The Ministry of Family, Labour and Social Services will develop a new model of Aged Care unique to Turkey, where regional differences are observed, with the project to develop day and Home Care Services for the elderly, which is planned to be launched next year. 

The "development of day and Home Care Services for the elderly project" (YAGEP)  is planned to be implemented next year with the support of the EU Delegation to Turkey in cooperation with the ministry's General Directorate of disability and Elderly Services and the European Union and Financial Assistance Department.

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| 9 December 2020
| by Anna Kirstinä
A cooperation network of five organisations from five different countries has produced a large online training material about coaching, guidance and counselling skills as well as communication skills. The material is available for everyone online free of charge. There are five country-specific versions of the material for Finland, Germany, Ireland, Portugal and UK.

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| 4 December 2020
| by Giorgio Barbato

In December 2020 the COMENSI project comes to a closure. Community Engagement for Social Inclusion is an EU funded Erasmus+ project aimed at developing more effective methodologies of inclusion and activation of citizens at risk of exclusion. COMENSI developed and tested accessible tools and methods for communication, networking and organising to improve the capacity of citizens to engage in projects and social initiatives.

The project developed three main outputs during its duration:

- a methodological toolkit for the intervention in disadvantaged neighbourhoods;

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| 29 November 2020
| by İhsan Çağatay Ulus

As the government-declared Year of Accessibility draws to a close, the Ministry of Family, Labor and Social Policies takes another step to recognize efforts for better services to people with disabilities. Public agencies, companies and individuals providing exemplary services on the matter will be awarded by the ministry on Dec. 3, International Day of Disabled Persons.

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| 26 November 2020
| by Mehmet Ocak

The Strategy aims to empower persons with disabilities to enjoy their full rights and to benefit from participating in society on an equal basis with others. It also implements the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at EU level. The 10-year evaluation shows that, while there is room for improvement, the Strategy had a positive impact on EU rules and policies.

Please click on the link to see the whole story and related documents.

Thursday 4 November 2021

Integrating minority, migrant & refugee children at European schools & society – Online

According to the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR), over 1 million asylum-seekers and migrants reached the European Union via the Mediterranean in 2015 alone; that is, nearly five times as many as in 2014. The UN’s refugee agency estimates that 84 percent are from countries that, because of war or other circumstances, qualify them as refugees. This overwhelming refugee crisis poses many immediate challenges that should be addressed at different levels within the European Union.

Wednesday 24 March 2021 to Friday 26 March 2021

Digitalt seminarium: Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility

Ta del av erfarenhetsutbyte och delta i diskussioner om hur arbetet med social inkludering kan utvecklas inom vuxnas lärande och högre utbildning. Seminariet äger rum den 24-26 mars 2021. Anmäl dig senast 25 februari.

Datum: 24 - 26 mars 2021

Värdland: Portugal

Utbildningssektor: Vuxenutbildning samt högre utbildning.

Antal platser för svenska medborgare: tre (3)

Plats: Seminariet arrangeras digitalt.

Tuesday 23 February 2021 to Tuesday 2 March 2021, Spain

Sensibilización, detección e intervención de violencia de género en EP

Aunque la violencia de género es un problema social que ha estado presente a lo largo de la historia, no comienza a hacerse visible hasta hace pocas décadas. Su conceptualización, así como su análisis, es, por tanto, muy reciente.

A lo largo de la acción formativa, se hará un análisis por los diferentes aspectos que conforman la violencia de género con el fin de argumentar la problemática que sigue provocando esta violencia en las sociedades que se denominan formalmente igualitarias.

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Thursday 4 February 2021, Slovakia

Úspechy a prekážky vzdelávania o rozmanitosti - online diskusia

Pripojte sa vo štvrtok (4. februára od 18:00 do 19:00) z pohodlia vašich domovov a pozrite si cez Facebook online diskusiu Ambrely. Dozviete sa viac o aktivitách našich členských, pozorovateľských a partnerských organizácií v oblasti vzdelávania o téme rozmanitosti, dôvodoch a spôsoboch migrácie a prijímania cudzincov a cudziniek v SR.
Thursday 4 March 2021 to Friday 5 March 2021, Europe

High-level forum on individual learning accounts (ILAs)

The digital and green transitions and the post-COVID disruptions on the labour market create, destroy, or fundamentally change the skills requirements of many jobs. How can we ensure that no one is left without the necessary support to cope with these challenges?
This 2-day conference is part of a broader stakeholder consultation process to investigate whether individual learning accounts can be a useful tool to support the upskilling and reskilling of Europeans, and how a possible EU initiative could help.

Thursday 4 February 2021

Integrarea copiilor minoritari, migranți și refugiați în școlile și societatea europeană - Online

Potrivit Înaltului Comisar al Națiunilor Unite pentru Refugiați (UNHCR), peste 1 milion de solicitanți de azil și migranți au ajuns în Uniunea Europeană prin Marea Mediterană doar în 2015; adică, de aproape cinci ori mai mulți decât în ​​2014. Agenția ONU pentru refugiați estimează că 84% provin din țări care, din cauza războiului sau a altor circumstanțe, îi califică drept refugiați. Această criză covârșitoare a refugiaților pune multe provocări imediate care ar trebui abordate la diferite niveluri în Uniunea Europeană.

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| 8 February 2021
| by EPALE Moderator

The SDGs have been established at the global level to help create a more sustainable planet and a free, prosperous and peaceful society and localizing these objectives at the sub-national level is of paramount importance. In this course -based on the previous Training of Trainers Learning Module 1-  it will be possibile to learn how to align the SDGs with actions already undertaken by Local and Regional Governments and work on strategies for mapping and raising awareness about the SDGs, through articles, dynamic infographics and exercises.

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| 31 January 2021
| by Mina ALEKSIC
Psychiatric care user involvement in mental health has been acknowledged as a ‘good thing'; however, it often remains unclear what this means and how it can be implemented in practice. This is particularly relevant for countries in South- Eastern Europe (SEE), especially those in the Balkan region, as they do not have a long tradition in user and caregiver involvement. A booklet- guide called "Let's work together"has been produced as part of the IMPULSE research study funded by the European Commission.

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| 26 January 2021
| by Andrzej KLIMCZUK

In recent years we may observe increasing interest in the development of social innovation both regarding theory as well as the practice of responding to social problems and challenges. One of the crucial challenges at the beginning of the 21st century is population ageing. Various new and innovative initiatives, programs, schemes, and projects to respond to negative consequences of this demographic process are emerging around the world.

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| 25 January 2021
| by Mehmet Ocak

The aim of the Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) is to deepen our knowledge of adult learning and education (ALE) as a key component of lifelong learning across the globe, in order to improve education policies, concepts and practice within the framework of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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| 20 January 2021
| by Magdalena Soliman

The handbook is one of the results of training activities of the Erasmus+ project "Extanding Social Educators Competences" (ESEC). The aim of the ESEC project was to realize an innovative parent training programme for parents of children with behavioral disabilities in order to extend and develop the current competence and skills of both social educators and support teachers.

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| 16 January 2021
| by Katerina STRANI
Intercultural Training for Educators is the result of a European Commission Erasmus+ grant we were awarded 2 years ago, with partners from the UK, Finland, Italy and Greece. We started out looking at refugee and newly arrived migrant learners, but our needs analysis research showed that educators of migrant adult learners more broadly (including international students) felt that they did not have the tools to support learners or manage intercultural classrooms.

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| 31 December 2020
| by Hatice SANCAR TOKMAK

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Age-Friendly Cities (AFC) Guide classifies key characteristics of an AFC according to eight domains. Whilst much age-friendly practice and research have focused on domains of the physical environment, those related to the social environment have received less attention. Using a Photovoice methodology within a Community-Based Participatory Research approach, our study draws on photographs, interviews and focus groups among 26 older Liverpool residents (60+ years) to explore how the city promotes respect and social inclusion (a core WHO AFC domain).

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| 31 December 2020
| by Esra Telli

The education of older adults has been considered the fastest growing branch of adulteducation in post-industrial countries and one of the most crucial challenges facing current adult European education (Formosa, 2000). Early research on the learning preferences, motivations and trends of older persons – as well as the impact of learning on the quality of life of older learners – can be traced to the 1950s (Havighurst, 1953), even before the field of educational gerontology was formally established in the 1975 by David Peterson (1976).

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| 24 December 2020
| by Mehmet Ocak

This Report identifies different forms of exclusion, how they are caused and what we can do about them. As such, it is a call to action we should heed as we seek to pave the way for more resilient and equal societies in the future. A call to collect better data, without which we cannot understand or measure the true scope of the problem.