Global and Intercultural Dimension in Curriculum Development
One of the priorities of adult education is to introduce the EU and particularly its legislation and people's mentality prevailing in the Member States. Respective courses are organised and materials are published. Courses of intercultural communication are increasingly popular. This module is also integrated e.g. to business education. Open universities offer, among other courses, programmes on international law, international business and management. Respective short-term courses are also offered by adult education training centres. The importance of the European dimension in adult education is indirectly reflected by the significant popularity of foreign language training. In the course of various international programmes, joint projects with other countries have been carried out and, as a result, a number of joint curricula have been produced. Such project related work has added an international dimension to adult education in Estonia.
Partnerships and Networks
The European Union Erasmus+ programme provides opportunities for adult learning professionals to learn from each other and develop strategic partnerships. It focuses on common challenges, such as the recognition of skills learnt outside the formal education system. Erasmus+ makes adult learning more accessible and improves the skills of citizens across Europe. The programme involves exchange of staff, cooperation between institutions and organisations and cooperation with businesses, and platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE).
Nordplus adult education programme allows creating thematic cooperation networks, development projects (for improvement of training courses, methodologies and materials) and conducting research projects.
Erasmus+ and Nordplus adult education programmes and cooperation with adult education organisations in Estonia and Europe are coordinated by the
Centre for Educational Programmes of the Archimedes Foundation.