The EAEA Younger Staff Training offers the participants a compact overview of European adult education policy and practice, shares information on how to influence it and provides networking opportunities.
“The idea behind the training is also to help the participants get a bigger picture of adult education – what EU frameworks exist, how they are implemented, the role of civil society – and connect it to the level they are working at. The way we’ve structured the training, we set the scene with discussions on policy and advocacy, and we then look at topics such as project work,” says EAEA Membership and Events Officer Aleksandra Kozyra.
Upon popular request, in 2018 the training has been extended to five days. Each day will have a different focus, the overarching aim being to help the participants explore the European dimension of adult education and connect it to their national or local level.
“While European policy and advocacy on adult education remain an important part of the programme, this year we’re also taking a peak into what’s happening at the local level in Belgium. We have planned a study visit to Le Monde des Possibles, an adult education centre working primarily with migrants, to see how adult education can help build an inclusive community,” says Aleksandra Kozyra.
“We’re also excited to share the results of our Life Skills for Europe project, which explores the life skills approach to adult learning. With the key competences framework updated this year, we think it’s the right time to open up a discussion on how life skills are understood and how we can raise awareness of their importance.”
Throughout the years, one of the features highly praised by the participants has been the opportunity to meet and share views with colleagues from other European countries.
It’s a great opportunity for peer-learning and building new networks, Aleksandra Kozyra confirms.
“There’s so much diversity in adult education in Europe, and it’s something we always explore at the training during the daily ‘adult education in my country’ sessions. Our participants often come from countries with very different adult education traditions. Just last year, we had 12 countries represented, such as Finland, Georgia, Ireland. We’re happy to see that it continues online – the Younger Staff Network Facebook group is growing every year.”
The training is open to all those working in the field of adult education. While there is no age limit, the training is tailored to adult education staff with a relatively short experience in the field. The deadline to apply to the training is 31 May.
- Information about the training
- Preliminary programme
- Infosheet of the training
- Description of the training
- Registration form
Text: Helka RepoPhotos: Helka Repo