EPALE has recently celebrated its 70,000th member. This presents us with a broad, diverse and enthusiastic group of adult educators. From the very beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic - which has been an unprecedented challenge of recent times - we felt that our community was being strongly affected by the consequences of the lockdown and social distancing measures. The pandemic has forced us to adapt to new ways of working and of providing education. This led educators to develop innovative online training techniques.
EPALE wanted to support adult educators and allow for the community to connect, share and inspire each other through the Community Stories initiative!
Sharing is an educational process in itself, and our community has shown itself to be responsive and eager to get involved. Educators shared stories of training, and of success and failure which allowed our community to reflect, reconsider and be inspired. We are receiving a lot of inspiring stories which demonstrate passion and purpose.
Here is a selection of some of the stories - grouped by topic – from our amazing community members!
Many older people are still living their lives to the fullest despite spending more time at home!
Digital storytimes, livestream theatre, or why not a digital tea party? E-books, digital magazines or streamed films? There are endless opportunities for digital readers!
Museums are not used to not being filled with the general public. After all, they exist for the people!
So how now, when we are forbidden to be social, are we supposed to cling to learning, and teaching, a foreign language?