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EAEA Newsletter 6/2021

Policy news

New European Agenda for Adult Learning

EAEA is happy that the new agenda recoqnises the need for holistic adult learning and education provision. However, there should be adequate support for infrastructure, funding and civil dialogue in adult learning. Read EAEA's statement: New European Agenda for Adult Learning for Europe’s future

2021 Education and Training Monitor

The 2021 Education and Training Monitor focuses on well-being in education. According to the report, many Member States are planning to use the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) for upskilling and reskilling adults. EAEA recommends that RFF should be used to promote holistic approach to lifelong learning. Better wellbeing for adults could be achieved for example by investing in social skills, health literacy and learning environments. Stable funding is a necessity particularly when planning effective measures to reach vulnerable learners.

EAEA news

Well-being in learning brings return on investment

"Well-being will be one of the cornerstones in the work on adult education in the next decade", said Eva Perme from Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU at the Lifelong Learning Interest Group meeting 1 December. The meeting focused on the many linkages between well-being and learning. Read the media release: Well-being in learning brings return on investment

"We need a second enlightenment on digitalisation"

EAEA Annual Conference 17-18 November examined the power dynamics, inclusion and exclusion in digital space. Developing technological skills should not be instrumental, "just teaching excel", rather it should be incorporated into existing cultural practices. Adult educators should also master new generation pedagogics for the competent use of the digital in education. See the flash report from the annual conference (pdf)

New Grundtvig Award publication

The publication presents all the 21 candidates for the EAEA Grundtvig Award on democracy and digitalisation, including the winners GEMMA and DIGIT-AL and the highly commendable initiatives Digital Skills Passport and Smart Adult Education.

Read the Grundtvig Award publication

Articles by EAEA

Speakers' Corner: Adult Learning and Education after Brexit

How different will things really be for Adult Learning and Education in the UK after Brexit, asks Alex Stevenson, EAEA's Executive Board member. Speakers' Corner is a column series published in co-operation with Elm Magazine. 
Elm Adult Learning and Education after Brexit: Plus ça Change?

New educational models for the digital era

Smart Adult Education (SAE) project enhanced adult educators skills in designing effective interventions to bridge the social gap imposed by the pandemic. The initiative took part in EAEA Grundtvig Awards 2021 and was granted a highly commendable mention. 
New educational models for the digital era

Demystifying technology

Digital Skills Passport provides engaging, gamified learning opportunities for people in Lisbon, Portugal. The initiative took part in EAEA Grundtvig Awards 2021 and was granted a highly commendable mention.
Demystifying technology

Project news

Becoming ambassadors of digital transition

The DigitALAD project has supported adult educators in becoming more digitally competent. Over the course of the project, it became clear that it responds to a timely and urgent need. DigitALAD has now produced final results: Supporting adult educators in becoming ambassadors of digital transition

DIMA 2.0: Building the capacity of adult education providers

After two-year journey that engaged more than 200 European practitioners in ALE, the Dima 2.0 project is launching the final outputs of the project: policy recommendations, a toolkit and a self-learning platform. DIMA 2.0 project has supported adult education providers and adult educators in designing more effective learning pathways to adults with low skills. All the outputs are available on the DIMA 2.0 website.

Motiv-Action: Good practices on e-guidance

One of the collected good examples is Barcelona Activa, which is a public agency linked to the Barcelona City Council. Read more: Barcelona Activa as a successful public program for labor orientation

GLAS is looking for guidance tools

Project GLAS is setting up a database of guidance and counselling tools for skills identification, assessment and validation. If you have a tool to share, please visit Glas project website

SAFE: Planning a board game on safe spaces

Safe spAces For lEarning (SAFE) has evaluated the first results of focus groups on safe spaces. The project is developing a board game that will invite participants to reflect on safe spaces. New website, will also be launched soon. 

Bildung partner meeting

#BildungALE project explores the political and practical potential of the holistic Bildung-concept in European adult learning and education. The partners gathered to the first face-to-face meeting in Girona in November. 
Read more about the Bildung project
Read more about upcoming EAEA and member events on the EAEA Events calendar
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