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Promoting collaboration between the Adult Education and Youth organisations on Non-Formal & Informal Learning through Erasmus+!

Aimee Charman
Valoda: EN

The Irish Erasmus+ National Agency, Léargas will host a contact making seminar on the theme of Non-formal and Informal Learning from the 8th -11th November in Dublin.   This event will for the first time, bring together practitioners from both the Adult Education and Youth fields from across Europe who wish to explore the use of non-formal and informal learning in their practice, and explore suitable opportunities for validation and recognition of that learning.



Contact making seminars are normally 2-3 day residential events that support organisations from across Europe to find relevant and suitable partners to collaborate with through European projects. 


We know that Non-Formal and Informal Learning is a key component of the work with both adult learners and young people.  We also know that recognition and validation of that learning is an area very much under development in many countries with varied stages of advancement across the participating European countries.    So with this in mind we see this event as an invaluable opportunity for a rich sharing of practice between these two fields of the Erasmus+ Programme and the development of exciting projects on these topics through the KA2 Strategic Partnership Action of Erasmus+.


Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchange of experience at European level.

The seminar programme will be composed of keynote speeches and workshops from experts in the topics to build discussion and inspire projects exploring the theme.   Of course, non-formal methodologies and participatory approaches will be the modus operandi of this event to ensure maximum use of time and effective relationship and project building!

Our keynote experts for the event are; 

Jo Claeys, is Belgian, but living and working for the past 16 years in Portugal.  He is an international trainer and part of a number of training networks including the trainer’s pool for the Council of Europe.  He delivers the renowned training course for the Youth field entitled ‘The Power of Non Formal Education’.  He has extensive experience in working with children, young people and adults with fewer opportunities.  He is currently running the social company Produções Fixe, which aims to create employability on local (rural) level, using Non-formal Education as the main motor for change.  This community project entitled ‘The Rural Centre of Non Formal Education’ is being multiplied across Portugal (and abroad) as a possible alternative for the future of rural areas.  He is also involved in the development of educational tools (mostly based upon boardgame techniques) as consultant, creator and evaluator.

Anni Karttunen is the Programme Manager for Erasmus+ for Adult Education at the Finnish National Agency and worked as an Expert in European Educational Policy for almost 12 years.  She has operated in several European educational networks as an expert in the fields of Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning (VNFIL) and Lifelong Guidance.  She an International Expert for Validation to Russia, Ukraine, Kosovo and Egypt by appointment of the European Training Foundation, the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, DVV International and the EU Commission Twinning -project.

How to participate?

Suitable participants for this event should be working in either the Adult Education or Youth fields and should be interested in exchanging and developing good practices, methods, materials, tools, pedagogical approaches and/or ways of working in European cooperation and are committed to plan Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships (KA2) project on the theme of the seminar.

The seminar is open to all Erasmus+ programme countries. Participation at the seminar and travel costs will be supported through Erasmus+ Funding.  If you are interested, please contact the National Agency in your country to find out how to apply.


- Denise Shannon - Adult Education, Léargas
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