Together for change - Developing a more democratic society through change-oriented adult education
Description and participants profiles:
Together for change -online course introduces the concept of change-oriented adult education and the role it can play to further democracy and foster inclusion in our society. It is an opportunity to drive a discussion as well as peer learning on how adult education organisations could have a positive impact on learners and communities in times of increasing nationalism and xenophobia. The course was live during autumn 2020, but all materials and recordings are available so the course can still be completed on the Moodle platform.
The course provides examples of good practices as well as insights from trainers and learners who have experience in change-oriented adult education. It is mainly addressed to all adult education providers (adult educators, planners, managers, etc.) working in organisations, community development programs or associations, and policymakers, but open to everyone interested in the topic.
Structure and methodology:
The course includes 5 modules. The links lead to Youtube and Moodle platform, where you need to register to access the resources, learning tasks and forum discussion. Each module provides a mix of live webinars/podcasts/videos, resources, forum discussions, and self-study. The community aspect is one of the strongest elements of the course, so participants are invited to use the platform’s forum to exchange ideas, inputs, and proposals. The content planned and methodology used in this course has been shaped by a co-design survey circulated among partners’ dissemination channels.
Module 1: How can change-oriented adult education help face the challenges of democracy?
The first module provides information on facing the challenges of democracy through change-oriented adult education. Speakers at the webinar are Jyri Manninen, Professor of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Eastern Finland and Licínio Lima, Professor of Sociology of Education and Educational Administration at the Institute of Education of Minho in Portugal. Manninen and Lima introduce discuss how change-oriented adult education can help face the challenges of democracy.
Link to webinar in Youtube: How can change-oriented adult education help face the challenges of democracy?
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 1
Module 2: Insights on change oriented-education and democracy
In this module guest speakers Ana Rita Ferreira and Mónica Rocha e Melo, a learner and a teacher talk about change-oriented adult education practices at Ubuntu Leaders Academy. Ubunto Leaders Academy is a non-formal education project geared towards empowering young people from vulnerable contexts.
Link to webinar in Youtube: Insights on change oriented-education and democracy
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 2
Module 3: Media Literacy for more democratic societies
Module three introduces media literacy. Guest speakers Anne Tastula from KVS Foundation (Finland) and Buthayna Alsemeiri from Birzeit University (Palestine) give an insight on how to support media literacy development in the area of occupied Palestine and strengthen the prerequisites for civic society and democracy.
Link to webinar in Youtube: Media Literacy for more democratic societies
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 3
Module 4: Addressing and counteracting right-wing populism and racisms
Guest speaker at this webinar is Rubia Salgado who talks about the problems, challenges but also potentials of change-oriented adult education. Rubia works as a literacy trainer at maiz/kollektiv, an organisation that puts the learners’ interests at the core of its educational work while addressing and counteracting racism and right-wing populisms.
Link to webinar in Youtube: Addressing and counteracting right-wing populism and racisms
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 4
Module 5: Where change-oriented adult education could take place?
Final module talks about different spaces that adult education occupies. Guest speakers at this webinar are EPALE Ambassador Carlos Ribeiro who introduces the concept of third place learning, and Patrik Krebs who presents “Theatre with No Home”, an initiative working with homeless people and people with emotional, social or physical disabilities who develop their own theatre performances.
Link to webinar in Youtube: Where change-oriented adult education could take place?
Resources, forum discussions & learning tasks in Moodle: Together for change module 5