Tale project

The Tale project responds to the urgent need to transform into a more climate-friendly and sustainable society. Tale project explores solutions to this challenge by using transformative learning approaches.

In the Tale Erasmus+ project, adult education organisations engage with learners, communities and grassroots initiatives such as social movements and green activists to provide new insights on transformative learning.

The partners will run innovation groups using transformative learning approaches in cooperation with social movements and/or green activists. The goal is to examine how we can learn from each other to further green transition in organisations and communities. In addition, the project consortium utilises peer learning, organises events, and publishes recommendations on how adult education can contribute to green transition.

As a result, the Tale project will help adult learning and education organisations to find new ways to work with learners and their surrounding communities.

The project will produce knowledge, events, tools, experiences, methods and recommendations on how to use transformative learning to further green transition and help upscale the innovative practices of the grassroots initiatives.


  • Provide new insights in how to further sustainability and green transition in collaboration between ALE institutions and communities
  • Establish cooperation between ALE institutions and grassroots initiatives working in the field of green transition /sustainability
  • Upscale transformative learning methods for green transition, thus contributing to capacity building both in the ALE sector and among the grassroots initiatives
  • Provide recommendations for successful transformative ALE and green transition
  • Develop a strong partnership to further the green transition of the ALE sector

Target groups

Main target groups

  • Staff of the participating organisations, including the leadership
  • Citizens active at grassroots initiatives taking part in the innovation process
  • Adult learners
  • Adult education institutions in the partner countries
  • Climate NGO’s

Secondary target groups

  • European adult learning and education sector
  • Education and training organisations and institutions of other sectors
  • Policymakers on national, European and international levels
  • Other stakeholders (NGOs from other sectors, regional networks etc)


The project consortium consists of eight partners and two associate partners:

  • Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation (Finland, coordinator)
  • European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability, ECOLISE (Brussels)
  • European Association for the Education of Adults, EAEA (Brussels)
  • International Council for Adult Education ICAE
  • Educators Centre Association (Hungary)
  • Deutscher Volkshochschul-Verband (Germany)
  • Hellenic Open University (Greece)
  • VHS Wien (Austria)
  • SVEB (Switzerland, associate partner)
  • AONTAS (Ireland, associate partner)