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Online discussion on project GOAL closing conference "Guidance and counseling for low educated adults: from practice to policy"

por Marica Vukomanovic

This online discussion is dedicated to the closing conference of project GOAL (Guidance and Orientation for Adult Learners) Closing Conference "Guidance and counselling for low educated adults: from practice to policy" which will be held 17-18 January 2018, Egmont Palace, Brussels

The representative of Serbian EPALE National support service and the winners of the writing contest “Activities in Career Guidance and Counseling in Adult Education” will attend the conference and report live through this discussion. Serbian EPALE NSS invites all to follow and contribute with comments.  

About the project:

Project GOAL is one of the projects under the Erasmus+ programme Key Action 3, prospective initiatives, European Policy Experimentation. GOAL stands for Guidance and Orientation for Adult Learners and is developing educational guidance services for low educated adults in 6 countries across Europe: Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Iceland, the Netherlands, Lithuania and Slovenia. These educational guidance services will be organised as a policy experimentation in which evaluation of the process and the outcomes will play a crucial role. The project is coordinated by the Department of Education and Training, Flanders.


Day 1, 17 January 2018

9.30-12.10 - Morning Sessions

  • 9.30 - 9.40: Opening: Koen Pelleriaux, General Director, Department of Education and Training, Flemish Government 
  • 9.40 - 10.10: Keynote: Educational Opportunity for All: overcoming Inequality throughout the Life Course – Dirk Van Damme, OECD Directorate for Education and Skills, Head of Division.
  • 10.10 - 10.40: KeynoteLifelong learning in European policy perspective – Dana Bachmann, Head of Unit Vocational Training, Apprenticeships and Adult Education; DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.
  • 11.10 - 11.40: Presentation: Participation of low educated adults to lifelong learning – Ellen Boeren, Institute for Education, Community and Society (IECS), University of Edinburgh
  • 11.40 - 12.10: Presentation: Lifelong guidance for adult learners in European Perspective – Raimo Vuorinen, Ph.D. Adjunct associate professor, Lifelong Guidance Research team, Finnish Institute for Educational Research; former coordinator of the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELPGN)

13.10-16.40 - Afternoon Sessions

  • 13.10 - 13.30: Introduction to project GOAL – Nadia Reynders, project coordinator GOAL, Department of Education and Training, Flemish Government
  • 13.30 - 14.30: Presentation of the GOAL evaluation results – JD Carpentieri, evaluation coordinator GOAL, UCL Institute of Education, London.
  • 15.00 - 15.45: Break out session I
  • 15.55 - 16.40: Break out session II

    Break-out sessions to choose from:
  • Policy Recommendations: this session concentrates on policy issues that have affected GOAL and are likely to affect similar future services as well as on the messages that derived from the GOAL experimentation for future policy development. We’ll focus on country specific examples.
  • A guidance service for low-educated adults: in this session we will highlight different
    aspects of the GOAL service and its outcomes: users, guidance approaches, guidance tools, counsellor competences and quality of guidance. Models and good ractices from GOAL countries are presented to show how a GOAL service or similar future programmes should be (further) developed.
  • Partnerships & Networks: participants of this session learn how partnerships and collaboration with organisations were established or strengthened to reach out to the target group of low educated adults. Questions will be answered such as: which partners are relevant and why? How to establish and maintain networks? Why are well functioning networks critical to the success of GOAL?


Day 2, 18 January 2018

9.00-12.00 - Morning Sessions

  • 9.00 - 9.20: Opening and report from the parallel sessions on day 1
  • 9.20 - 10.00: Presentation: by John Holford, Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham and coordinator of the Horizon 2020 research project, ENLIVEN
  • 10.00 - 10.10: Tesimonials from project GOAL
  • 10.30 - 11.40 Panel Debate: "The role of adult guidance in increasing participation of low educated adults in lifelong learning"
    • John Holford, Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham
    • Martina Ni Cheallaigh, Senior Expert - Skills, VET and Adult Learning policies, European Commission
    • Steinunn Björk Jónatansdóttir, MSS - Project GOAL guidance counsellor from Iceland
    • Ema Perme, Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
    • JD Carpentieri, UCL Institute of Education, project GOAL evaluator

11.40 - 11.45 Video message by Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility

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Imagen de Dubravka Mihajlović
It is also interesting how GOAL project was a great informational resource for them to see what is going on in Slovenia regarding guidance.
Imagen de Nataša Jerković Đukanović
This is an important topic. It is important to see models and good practices from different countries and to see how a GOAL service should be developed. I am looking forward to seeing the conclusions.
Imagen de Ruzica Madzarevic
During parallel sessions, we had the opportunity to understand implemented counseling methods. We may conclude that relationship is the most important - show respect and support, encourage beneficiaries. As a career practitioner, it is relief to know that any counseling method we know is already useful. It gives space to give up questioning our knowledge and focus on building the relationship with our beneficiaries.  
Imagen de Dubravka Mihajlović
Great opportunity to understand the GOAL service through the prism of the users. This afternoon session is amazing because we can also learn from the examples of the real heroes - counsellors. They work with adults with such diverse needs, complex life situations, strong barriers, and we can see that they keep them motivated.
Imagen de Jelena Kajganovic
How relevant is the national context when you talk about different counseling practices? Has this topic been analyzed in the discussion?
Imagen de Ruzica Madzarevic
That is the great question. National context is one of the underlying topics within all sessions. The most important messages are: it is important to understand the national context and to know very well all opportunities available to your beneficiaries.   
Imagen de Biljana Pejic
A very interesting and inspiring research that was done in the participating countries offers the possibility of sharing these ideas amongst other countries that are not participants in this projects.
Imagen de Marica Vukomanovic
It is very important to share ideas and results of examples of good practice and in that sense it is also important to be up to date with the trends and developments in adult education. EPALE helps us reach bigger audience and relevant actors in the field.
Imagen de Biljana Pejic
The Final GOAL Conference draws our intention to the complexity of the programme and its challenges in adult learning and education in the EU countries as well as to the overcoming the existing problems. Outstanding lectures point out to the necessity to support low educated adults programmes.