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

, 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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Käyttäjän Ruzica Madzarevic kuva
That is great observation. Additionally, there is the positive correlation between education and resilience. It remains to be explored whether resilient people look for educational opportunities or they develop resilience through education. 
Käyttäjän Jelena Kajganovic kuva
These seem to be very important and comprehensive discussions! Thanks for sharing with all of us who are not there right now. Looking forward to further updates and possibly some conclusions to the questions raised.
Käyttäjän Natalija Golovic kuva
GOAL Conference in Brussels is in progress! After the presentations of Ms. Boeren and Mr. Vuorinen about Participation of low educated adults to LLL and European Perspective of lifelong guidance we have the opportunity to hear more about GOAL project. We're looking forward to further participation in the Conference.

Käyttäjän Sanja Djordjevic kuva
An amazing experience here at the Conference in Brussels. After the Keynote presentations of Mr. Dirk Van Damme and Ms. Dana Bachmann, we have gained a valuable insight into the pioneer beginnings of this comprehensive project. The challenges are ahead of us but the milestone has been set up.