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EPALE focus: Basic skills learning provision

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EPALE focus: Basic Skills Learning Provision

EPALE's thematic focus from July to September 2020 is on Basic skills learning provision

Building resilience by ensuring basic skills for all: investing in efficient basic skills provision is becoming critical in a post COVID-19 era.
Basic skills (literacy, numeracy and digital skills) have become a policy priority in Europe and they are at the heart of the Upskilling Pathways recommendation adopted by the European Council in 2016. Nearly 20% of the adult population in Europe struggle with reading, writing, numeracy, and the application of digital tools, and almost the same amount (22%) of adults in the EU have qualifications from lower secondary level or lower, which puts them more at risk of unemployment and of becoming socially vulnerable. Upskilling Pathways addresses these problems by encouraging Member States to build cohesive policies to ensure a minimum level of basic skills for all, and to help people in need to obtain at least upper secondary level qualifications.

The recent COVID-19 crisis, however, has shed new light on the importance of basic skills. It has revealed their role in making citizens, communities and societies more resilient to unexpected and disruptive challenges and more able to adapt quickly to changes in circumstances. The Coronavirus pandemic has affected important areas of people’s lives such as their health, work, social welfare and finances. As a result of the measures taken to cope with the pandemic, many have been made redundant and others have suddenly had to go digital in a way that they did not see coming. For others, developing critical skills in digital information and media, managing their personal and family finances and making financial decisions have all been very important. While for most people an obvious consequence of the COVID-19 crisis has been the need to process health-related information in order to understand the situation and to act in line with the measures imposed by the authorities in order to prevent further spread of the infection. Europeans with low levels of basic skills are becoming even more vulnerable during this critical time. Coping effectively with such global challenges calls for joint actions from communities and societies. Ensuring basic skills for all is a necessary step to enable societies to combat current and future social, health, environmental and economic challenges, and to implement policies effectively in order to support the sustainability of European societies and economies and promote a healthier planet.

Basic skills are transversal. Not only are they relevant to educational policy, but also to employment, health, social and environmental policies. Building cohesive policy measures which support people with basic skills needs is necessary not only to make Upskilling Pathways a success, but also to help build more resilient and inclusive societies.

It is in this context which we present the third thematic focus of 2020; building resilience through basic skills training by ensuring effective policies and practices in: 

  • critical literacy
  • health literacy, 
  • financial literacy, 
  • numeracy, 
  • basic digital skills for the future.

 On 16-17 September 2020 you will also have the chance to join our online discussion on Basic skills learning provision.

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  • Heike Kölln-Prisner portretas
    In my opinion, numeracy as a basic skill has long, too long been neglected, and sometimes even with an arrogant attitude: I was always bad in math, you can get by without it. Yes, you can, but barely, and even less in future. World as it is is confusing, and you need to know your (quantitative) facts in order to make the right decisions. I my opinion, each subject in school should be "enriched" by quantitative reasoning, (history, biology, whatever). Math is not just math, but part of  understanding the world. 
  • Dörte Stahl portretas
    A very helpful introduction to the Upskilling Pathways Initiative can be found in a video from EAEA. Gina Ebner talks to Martina Ni-Cheallaigh and Alexia Samuel from DG Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion:
  • Armando Loureiro portretas
    As competências, as literacias andam associadas ao uso de saber/conhecimento e de outros recursos possíveis de mobilizar na e para a ação. Uma competência básica é a da cidadania, que se pode articular com o que se designa por literacia crítica.
  • Iwona Kozieja-Grabowska portretas
    Dla mnie taką podstawową umiejętnością jest zdrowa komunikacja, autentyczny dialog międzyludzki. Bez obciążeń. Tego można i warto się uczyć. I takie umiejętności wpływają na możliwość uczenia się innych rzeczy, bo człowiek jest bardziej otwarty i pewny siebie.
  • Teodor GHITESCU portretas
    Competența este mărimea prin care se evaluează nivelul de cunoaștere științifică sau dogmatică a formatorilor și formabililor si are trei componente:
    1. componenta informațională, adică nivelul de cunoaștere descriptivă și evaluativă a realității de interes;
    2. componenta aplicativă, adică nivelul deprinderilor (motrice, intelectuale, .....) de utiliza componenta informațională, pentru a produce, cu premeditare, transformările dorite în realitatea de interes;
    3. componenta experimentală, adică nivelul de repetabilitate a deprinderilor într-un context profesional stabil, ce  conduce la transformare a deprinderilor în reflexe condiționate, pentru atingerea performanței.
    Niciuna din aceste componente nu are proprietățile mecanice: longitudinalitate și transversalitate, pentru a le folosi drept criterii de clasificare!
    Lipsa de rigurozitate în utilizarea corectă a semanticii conceptelor, a regulilor de definire și clasificare a entităților - obiecte ale educației, folosirea barbarismelor, dogmatizarea conținuturilor,  sunt câteva din gravele erori ale educației, cu efecte intelectuale, de multe ori devastatoare.
    Calea de evitare a unor asemenea neconformități este alinierea pregătirii pedagogice și a cunoașterii, în general, la filosofia de vârf actuală, filosofia sistemică, având două curente: cibernetic - Norbert Wiener (accesibil la cel mult 10 % din formatori si formabili) si realist - Jay Forrester (accesibil oricărui absolvent de liceu, educat în viziune sistemică).
    Iată o scurtă prezentare: 

  • Éva Szederkényi portretas
    Fontosnak tartom a kritikus szövegértést; meglátásom szerint nélküle nincs digitális készségrendszer sem.