How can adult education ensure successful integration of refugees into society in the long term? EAEA invited care providers from Germany and Serbia at the event ‘Refugee Inclusion: taking stock of adult education achievements and challenges’ to share their insights.
ENGAGING NEW LEARNERS. Digitalisation can be a challenge especially for older people. What are the main concerns, obstacles and solutions for when it comes to older people’s participation in the society in the digital era. AGE Platform Europe is a European network of non-profit organisations of and for people aged 50+. EAEA interviewed AGE Platform’s Julia Wadoux.
The Smart Generation project conducted wide research on the training needs of 12-17 year olds and their teachers, then created and tested a pedagogical model showing both the benefits and risks of smartphone use. The “Education and Innovative Pedagogy. Smart(phone) education” conference during the Lifelong Learning Week in November 2017 was an occasion for Smart Generation partners to present the project’s final results and recommendations resulting from them to European stakeholders.
ADULT EDUCATION AND REFUGEES. “The key is making sure that asylum seekers don’t lose their independence,” says Miriam Salussolia from Lai-momo, a cooperative managing reception facilities in Italy. One year after Lai-momo applied for the Grundtvig Award, EAEA visited its new reception and training centre to see how non-formal learning can contribute to building a diverse and close-knit community.
There is still a need for holistic adult education strategies, ones that include a wide range of stakeholders – such are the conclusions of the DIMA project, now coming to an end. A recent conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, highlighted the main outcomes of the project, which can help policymakers design, implement and monitor coherent adult education strategies.
“Adult Education in Europe 2017 – A Civil Society View” publication combines information from different European countries to demonstrate the state of adult education in Europe.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2017. Ricette ristrette teaches prison inmates Italian language skills through cooking.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2017. To promote the benefits and value of adult learning, AONTAS designed a creative and innovative way of engaging new learners and encourage them to explore the wide variety of learning options.
EAEA GRUNDTVIG AWARD 2017. The Active Employability Skills Programme implemented in Ireland engages new learners and raises awareness for the importance of adult education by helping people out of the “low skills trap”.
Increasing individuals’ skill levels has many benefits for the wider society, including higher employment, better health and wellbeing, and further civic engagement. In terms of which capabilities individuals should be taught, the Life Skills for Europe (LSE) project considers life skills make an essential contribution to all of the above benefits. In order to develop life skills provision further, the project consortium has gathered a number of good practices and tools from across Europe, and is currently developing a framework for educators to create life skills curricula.