Dear EAEA members,
After a week of snow, hail and rain - sometimes all at once - there's finally a glimmer of hope that spring in Brussels is here to stay. It seems that our newsfeed has been as dynamic as the changes in weather - there are quite a few project calls and awards you can apply for, a number of fresh publications and a series of articles touching upon a very topical issue: adult education and refugees. Have a look below to find out more!
If you want to share your news and events with the European adult education community, don't hesitate to contact Raffaela or me, as I'm temporarily bringing you Member News. Also, make sure you regularly check the Member Area at the EAEA website for more news and information!
EAEA Junior Project Officer
Register for the EAEA GA and Annual Conference
EAEA is happy to invite you to its General Assembly and Annual Conference 2016 "Innovation on European Adult Education" on 28 and 29 June 2016 in Brussels, Belgium. In the evening of 28 June, EAEA will also award best practice projects in Adult Education and Refugees with the EAEA Grundtvig Award
. You can find more information at the EAEA event page
. If you'd like to stay with other participants at Motel One, please book your room by Friday, May 6
! Register for the event here until 29 May 2016.
Your input for the Country Reports needed!
Sign the 'Adult Education Mobility Charter'!
EAEA has launched its annual survey
on the status of adult education in the members' countries, the "Country Reports". We would like to ask you to take the time to fill it in in order to collect your knowledge about what is happening in your country in the field of adult education. In the past two years your reports were crucial for shaping our policy strategies, and we would like to continue this work with your support. Deadline is 18 May.
The 'Adult Education Mobility Charter'
aims to improve the possibilities of (younger) adult education staff to learn and develop their skills. The Charter - produced in the AE-PRO project
- promotes mobility activities such as job shadowing, guest teaching, study visits, conferences, short visits, courses and observations for all participants who are working in the field of adult education. To endorse the Charter, please send an email to EAEA Policy Officer Tania Berman to be included in the list of supporters.
Only 5 days left to complete the DIMA survey!
Two surveys were launched in the framework of the DIMA project
. The consortium is investigating your needs/suggestions to make adult education policies more effective. The first survey
- that was mentioned in the last issues of the Member News - was mainly addressed to providers. Now a second survey
is available in order to make it possible for national/regional umbrella organisations to contribute. Share your views on adult education policies by Monday, 9 May!
Use of smartphones - we need yout input!
The Smart Generation consortium has launched two surveys to analyse the impact of smartphone use among the youth. The first survey
is directed at young adults, while the second one
is addressed to educators. The results will help the project partners prepare an educational model on the conscious use of smartphones; the surveys can also open up an important discussion between you and your learners. Share the links with your learners and the members of your network!
EAEA looking for best practice examples in media education
Should you – or members of your network – have any valuable examples, please contact EAEA Junior Project Officer Aleksandra Kozyra.
DIMA consortium meets in Brussels
The 21-22 of April marked the second meeting of the DIMA consortium, this time held in Brussels. The partners discussed the progress that had been done so far and planned the steps ahead. Stay tuned for the official launch of the DIMA State of the Art in adult education strategies, policies and tools, shedding light on what is happening in DIMA partner countries at the policy level.
Supporting refugees: a new article by EAEA Policy Officer on EPALE
EAEA Policy Officer Tania Berman penned an article
describing three ways in which adult education can support refugees. The article was part of a three-day discussion on adult education and migrants on EPALE, giving food for thought on how adult education organisations can respond to the needs of refugees and local population alike. Feel free to comment on the article and share it on your social networks!
EAEA joins European Movement International
Since April 2016, EAEA is a proud member of European Movement International, a network of organisations that mobilises citizens and advocates for a democratic, federal and enlarged union. It contributes to the establishment of a united, federal Europe founded on the principles of peace, democracy, liberty, solidarity, and respect for basic human rights. Find out more
about the network and why EAEA decided to join it.
EAEA MEMBERS IN FOCUS
Dr Heinz Fischer to be the new president of the Austrian Adult Education Centres
Interesting news from EAEA member in Austria: the current president of the Republic of Austria, dr Heinz Fischer, is to assume the role of the president of the Austrian Adult Education Centres. Dr Fischer already held this position in early 2000s and agreed to resume the work after the official election in June. The position has been vacant since the death of the former president, Barbara Prammer.
Basic education: a dynamic term
On 20 April the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE) and the German Council of Further Education (KAW) organised a conference on the topic of basic education. 60 participants representing different fields discussed the definition of Basic Education. As it turned out, the understanding of the term varies greatly, with some participants restricting it to reading and writing skills, and others also including life skills. The organisers agree that more research is needed to clarify the impact of this term.
EAEA PARTNER AND STAKEHOLDER NEWS
The European Citizenship Awards: apply now
The European Citizenship Awards are a joint initiative between Volonteurope
and European Civic Forum
, two European networks which promote active citizenship and recognition of the importance of social justice to the cohesion of communities across Europe. The Awards celebrate the democratic and civic engagement of individuals, organisations, citizens’ groups, media platforms and social enterprises and they are awarded in four different categories. Check
whether you're eligible to apply!
UNESCO Learning City Award 2017 open for applications
The UNESCO Learniing City Award 2017 is now open for applications! The award aims to recognize and showcase good practice in building learning cities around the world. In order to apply, your city needs to film the application form and collect supporting information; it also has to be a member of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. Find out more
about how to apply and show how your city promotes lifelong learning! The deadline is 31 August 2016
ELM: ”Refugees - how is adult education helping?”
The newest issue of ELM raises the question of how adult education can respond to the needs of refugees. Looking at topics such as the role of media in supporting refugees' transition, integration paths in Italy and study circles in Sweden - to name only a few - the issue covers the role of adult education in refugees' lives from a number of perspectives.
Preventing Violent Extremism: What Role for Education and Training?
The recent post on NORRAG sheds some light on the topic of violent extremism, rightly described as "sadly, a topical issue". The piece is also a reflection of a debate held at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva on 16-17 March. Read the article
to find out what role vocational skills development and education in general can play in facing this challenge.
Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize: deadline for submissions extended
The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize is awarded annually by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Václav Havel Library (Prague) and the Charta 77 Foundation (Prague) for outstanding civil society action in the defence of human rights in Europe and beyond. Consisting of a sum of 60 000€, a trophy and a diploma, this Prize is open for nomination of any individual, non-governmental organisation or institution working to defend human rights. Find out more
about how to apply! The deadline for applications has now been extended to 30 June 2016 at midnight.
Second chance education: read the newsletter
Are you working in second chance education? SecondChanceEducation.eu has just published a newsletter covering a number of topics: the upcoming conference in Brussels, resources for teachers and trainers and the help that second chance education institutions could offer to refugees. Consult the newsletter
for more details!
ECAS European Funding Guide 2016 - Buy your copy!
For more than 20 years, the European Citizen Action Service
has published their
Annual Guide which walks you through the European Union's funding opportunities for the non-profit sector. The 2016 guide provides you with advice and contact points in order to help you identify the EU programme that is best suited to the needs of your organisation. This year the guide is also available in a PDF format. Find out how to order
a copy for yourself!
Cedefop: Who trains in SMEs?
The recent Cedefop publication looks at those who train in small and medium enterprises in eight European countries, outlining the characteristics, needs and ways of support. Based on in-company trainers’ and employers’ responses from 254 SMEs, the publication discusses some of the key issues in workplace learning. You can now download it for free from the Cedefop website
30 May-1 June 2016, Gyeongju, Republic of Korea
UN DPI/NGO Conference: Education for Global Citizenship
31 May-1 June 2016, Bratislava, Slovakia
LLLPlatform Conference: Imagining the learning community of tomorrow
1-3 June 2016, Dublin, Ireland
eucen Conference: Crossing borders through lifelong learning
24-26 June 2016, Athens, Greece
ESREA Conference: The role, nature and difficulties of dialogue in transformative learning
28-29 June 2016, Brussels, Belgium
EAEA General Assembly and Annual Conference
Find more events at the EAEA Event page!