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The implementation of the STEP UP project is progressing.Following the establishment of our Network, we are now proceeding with the next phase of the project implementation. In this phase, our objective is to collect good practices of cultural and artistic activities implemented at the national, regional or local level, which have facilitated the social inclusion process of vulnerable groups.

In this respect, each partner will organise 2 focus groups in their country during April – June 2021. In these focus groups, professionals and representatives of relevant stakeholders will participate with the aim to provide information concerning the cultural and artistic activities that they carry out with adults/members of vulnerable groups for the promotion of their social inclusion.

Taking into account the diversity in the definition of a “good practice”, we, as a consortium, have agreed that for the purposes of the STEP UP project, a “good practice” should meet 6 criteria: it is effective, sustainable, replicable, policy relevant and innovative. In short, a good practice is a method, technique or activity that is successful and sustainable in social, economic and environmental terms. And, in addition, it includes innovative models for solving problems, which can be replicated by other organizations.

Following the organization of the focus groups, we will take the next step, which refers to the implementation of a workshop with the participation of all partners, for exchanging experiences and information on the collected good practices. Specifically, each partner will analyze and present the information obtained through their focus groups. This is a key activity in the STEP UP project as it will shape the content of the next steps.






In Greece, the law 3879/2010 provides the guiding principles for the development of adult education. Adult education includes all organized learning activities addressed to adults who are interested to enrich their knowledge; develop their abilities and skills; grow their personality; and develop their active citizenship.

A large number of institutions, which are either fully or partly subsidized by the state, provide general adult education, while the General Secretariat for Vocational Education and Training, Lifelong Learning and Youth, (under the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs) is the mainly responsible Secretariat of the Ministry for Adult Education and Training. 

Additionally, there are also a number of public bodies and organizations which are directly involved in adult education and are supervised by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. 

Finally, municipalities and private organizations implement various adult education activities at the local level, targeting either the general population or vulnerable groups.


In Hungary there is a national entity (linked) which is responsible for the formal education of adults specifically for training skilled labour. Besides this entity there are plenty of individual initiatives which targets adults and provides services. These individuals and organisations typically do not connect with each other and the possibility for shared knowledge is scarce.


In Poland, adult education is often referred to as ‘Continuing Education´, which is defined as ‘education in schools for adults as well as the development of general knowledge, vocational skills formation and ability development in out-of school forms by persons who have graduated from compulsory education´. Often the main focus of adult education is centred on the labour market (especially true in previous decades), and getting unemployed people into work. Over the past few years changes are emerging which show a new desire to make adult education more accessible, by developing systems - for example - with elearning.

However it is still true that most Continuing Education is aimed towards vocational training in one form or another, especially in relation to helping people adjust their skills to the needs of a rapidly developing market.

(Quotation from Country Report on Adult Education in POLAND by the European Association for the Education of Adults - Helsinki 2011)


In Portugal, the regulator for adult education is the DGEST – Direção Geral dos Estabelecimentos Escolares and values ​​the recognition, validation and certification of skills acquired in formal, non-formal and informal contexts and the provision of vocational training.

In recent years, there has been a great development in the increase of Adult Education and Training Courses (EFA Courses), the expansion of the network of Centers for Recognition, Validation and Certification of Competences, later called Centers New Opportunities (CNO), and currently Qualifica Centers, the design of a Key Competence Framework for the Education and Training of secondary-level adults, and the promotion of integrated offer management and the network of promoters.

Non-formal education is defined as any educational activity, organized and continuous, that does not exactly correspond to the above definition of formal education. It can take place inside and outside educational institutions and welcome people of all ages. This type of education may include educational programs aimed at adult literacy, everyday skills, personal, social, professional and general culture. The main promoters of these programs in Portugal are social institutions, foundations, cultural associations, non-governmental organizations and some of a private nature.


Adult education in Spain offers different kind of activities. There are both formal and non-formal education.
The adult educational system in Spain is decentralized. It means that central Government establishes the general criteria by law, but each region develops their own adult educational system. So, actually there are several systems at the same time.


Adult education in terms of Lifelong Learning is a widely used term today in Turkey and adopted in the educational history of the Republic of Turkey from the first day of national development. The right to continuous education and training throughout life is protected by National Educational Basic Law in Constitution (art. 42 and art.1739), that emphasizes education is the basic right of the citizens at all ages.

Today both the Ministry of Education and Lifelong Learning Centers of higher education implement formal and non-formal educational programmes in the field of adult education. 

Moreover most of the universities in Turkey offer open and distance education programmes, which has been significantly increased in number after the Covid-19 breakout. These programs support people’s personal and vocational development; aim to improve their quality of life and well-being, along with their ability to contribute to the community. 

Furthermore, together with the EU Harmonization Laws, Turkey has started to actively participate in and implement EU funded local and transnational lifelong learning projects which have long-term objectives for improving the quality and success in educational and vocational activities.

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