#130 - November 2016
 LLLP Erasmus+ Implementation Survey 2016: Preliminary Overview of Results

On 10 October, the Erasmus+ Coalition hosted the LLLWeek2016 launch with a major consultation meeting on the Erasmus+ Programme to discuss its mid-term evaluation and the EU Parliament’s Programme Implementation Draft Report, all on the basis of the 2016 Erasmus+ Implementation Survey results. The main findings of the LLLPlatform’s Erasmus+ Implementation Survey show a general satisfaction on the beneficiaries side, although improvements should be made as regards harmonisation of implementation rules, quantity of funds available and simplification of procedures. On this last point and regarding online tools, many participants asked the Commission to not to add on to the already numerous online platforms. The adequate distribution of funds within the Erasmus+ was highlighted as one of the main weaknesses of the current programme, where the role of civil society organisations in promoting all opportunities and the need to allocate funds based on targets needs were brought to the attention. MEP Emilian Pavel supported civil society’s call for more funding, namely on the basis that “by benefiting from Erasmus+ funding, CSO’s are spreading the word of the success of the programme, and thus, also spreading the word of success of the European ideal,” one much needed at this time.

InnovativeAssessment Methods for Validation: the LLLPlatform's Newest Project!

The LLLPlatform will soon be launching its new Erasmus+ KA2 project: InnoVal (InnovativeAssessment Methods for Validation). InnoVal aims to address the urgent need to offer valid and reliable assessment methods that allow all learners to have a chance at validation, with a special focus on the needs of disadvantaged groups such as refugees and early school leavers. The kick-off meeting of will take place in Paris on 14-15 November 2016. Representatives of the 6 partner organisations with various fields of expertise and from 5 different EU countries will meet and agree on the way forward regarding the different steps of the implementation of the project’s activities.

 LLLWeek2016 Main Outcomes and Presentations Available Online

The 6th edition of the Lifelong Learning Week (#LLLWeek16) was held from 10 to 13 October in Brussels, gathering circa 200 policy-makers and educational stakeholders representing civil society organisations, academics and decision-makers, highlighting the key role lifelong learning plays in facing major societal challenges nowadays. Main conclusions, presentations and pictures are now available on our website. This year and for the first time, the LLLWeek was organised in partnership with the European Youth Forum, merging with the former Youth Education Week, to show our commitment to joining forces with young people and youth organisations.  

 LLLPlatform launches Feasibility Study on National Stakeholder Forums

The LLLPlatform has just launched an online survey on the feasibility of national lifelong learning platforms in Europe. This comes as a follow-up to the Feasibility Study on National Stakeholder Forums it had already run in 2012. This 2016 version is meant as an update to the 2012 Study. The survey targets Austrian, Hungarian, Portuguese, Slovakian and Swedish member organisations, with the support of the LLLPlatform. The results of the survey, combining quantitative study and qualitative interviews conducted in these 5 countries, will be analysed and compiled into a mini-study/final report. On the basis of the report, a strategy proposal will be shared with LLLPlatform members.

 LLLInterestGroup Meeting: Effectively Implementing the New Skills Agenda

Employment is one of the objectives of education and training as well as a key element for social inclusion. The level of an individual's qualifications can have an enormous impact on the ability to get a job, to keep a job, the salary level, working conditions, etc. At the same time, globalisation, new technologies and innovation, changes in work organisation, environmental concerns and demographic trends, are affecting traditional jobs and shifting opportunities. How can they be tamed so as to reduce inequalities and marginalisation brought by rapidly changing economies and societies? The aim of the fourth LLL Interest Group closed meeting will be to explore the different approaches in various sectors of education and training and how the New Skills Agenda will tackle these issues. 

 Registrations are open for EAEA Younger Staff Training 2016

Since 2011, EAEA organises an annual training "European Adult Education and Lifelong Learning – Introduction for younger staff", a.k.a. Younger Staff Training (YST), in Brussels. Its objectives are to learn about European developments in adult education and lifelong learning, understand advocacy work at European level, exchange information and knowledge about each others' organisations and adult education backgrounds, learn about EAEA and other key civil society organisations. The next Younger Staff Training will take place in Brussels on 6-9 December 2016. To participate, please complete the registration form and send your motivation letter to Aleksandra Kozyra.

 "Study Success to Student Success" Event in Rome

The Student Affairs profession in Europe is changing lives everyday. For these professionals, a student’s objective should not be only academic success, but student success: engagement in educationally purposeful activities, satisfaction, acquisition of desired knowledge, skills, competences, persistence and attainment of educational goals. For this reason, EucA is organising an event to help European higher educational professionals advance in their career. The topics on the agenda will first year activities, retention and assessment models that will help Halls directors support their students' success. The event will take place on 24-25 November in Rome. Registrations are open.

 Last days to Propose Presentation for eucen's Autumn Seminar on the Digitalisation in University Continuing Education

The eucen 2016 Autumn Seminar will give you the opportunity to present your work during the event in the form of Posters. Welcome fiels of work are 1/Design: Pedagogical strategies and digital learning; 2/Learning environment, digital tools and assessment; 3/Quality in digital learning; 4/Digital learning in university continuing education. The debate on the digitalisation of university continuing education will tackle the main challenges of the process of digitalisation of University Continuing Education programmes by the keynote speakers; allow participants to exchange methods and practices on this process; and feed practice via research perspectives and results. The seminar will take place in Barcelona on 24-25 November.

 Save the date for EUNET Annual Conference 2017

The 2017 Annual Conference and General Assembly of EUNET will take place from on 19-22 October 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. Registration will open in 2017. There is no reason to try to make any pre-registrations. A new system for the registration will be introduced to secure one place per member organisation in the Annual Conference.

 TOY Position Paper ‘How should we live together? 

Young children and the elderly together: a powerful combination for a good city. We are living in a time when European cities are more culturally diverse than ever before. Many people, particularly those who are most vulnerable, are struggling to achieve a sense of belonging and find a good life for themselves. TOY, LLLAwards2016 Laureat, demonstrates that social engagement between generations is a key factor for the well-being of all. Intergenerational learning can make an important contribution to bridging the gap between different social groups in society. Download below the TOY Position Paper ‘How should we live together? A spotlight on the benefits of contact between the youngest and the oldest citizens in our communities’ and find out how local authorities and policy-makers can contribute to make the difference.
 Public consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights

The European Commission has launched a new consultation on the European Pillar of Social Rights. This consultation process has three main aims: 1/ Assess the present EU social "acquis": Which existing rights are practiced and remain relevant for today's and tomorrow's challenges? Should we consider new ways to deliver on these rights?; 2/ Reflect on new trends in work patterns and societies: What is the impact of new technologies, demographic trends and other factors on our working life and social conditions? Which best practices and lessons from social innovation should be actively encouraged?; 3/ Gather views and get feedback on the outline of the European Pillar of Social Rights itself and help Member States outside the euro area to determine whether to opt in: What will be the role, scope and content of the Pillar as part of the social dimension of EMU? What are the euro area’s needs? What are the challenges related to the principles put forward under the Pillar?

 European volunteering: remove remaining barriers, urge MEPs

The EU needs a better coordinated policy on volunteering, to give volunteers a proper legal status and help them join programmes, say MEPs in a resolution voted on 27 October. Almost 100 million EU citizens have taken part as volunteers in education, culture or arts, sport events, humanitarian and development aid work. Young people should take advantage of volunteering schemes to develop skills and acquire experience that helps them to find jobs afterwards, stresses the text.Despite the real social and economic benefits of volunteering for individuals and organisations, participation in the European Volunteering Service remains modest and many barriers still have to be removed. People of all ages should be encouraged to take advantage of volunteering to improve their skills and understanding of other cultures, and thus improve their chances of finding a job, say MEPs.

 Coming out Soon: Education and Training Monitor 2016 

The Education and Training Monitor 2016 is set to be released on 7 November 2016. The Monitor is an annual series that captures the evolution of Europe's education and training systems by bringing together a wide array of evidence in one digestible report. It puts the spotlight on education priorities most in need of investment and identifies policies that help improve the inclusiveness, quality and relevance of Europe's education and training systems. Since 2012 the Education and Training Monitor has grown into an indispensable reference tool for the European education community, keeping track of priorities under the ET 2020 cooperation framework, and contributing to the broader Europe 2020 strategy with its headline target for education.
A Union of shared values: The role of education and civil society
This paper reports the debates hald during the Jean Monnet Cluster Meeting held on 15 April 2016 on the topic Jean Monnet Good Practices in the Context of "A Union of Shared Values – the Role of Education and Civil Society."
Leaving education early: putting vocational education and training centre stage
This Cedefop study focuses on the contribution that vocational education and training (VET) can make to reducing early leaving from education and training (ELET).
Children's Participation: From tokenism to citizenship 
Children's Participation: From tokenism to citizenship is an educational essay for practitioners working on children rights and children participation education. This Essay is written for people who know that young people have something to say but who would like to reflect further on the process. 
The European pillar of social rights: critical legal analysis and proposals
The aim of this ETUI paper is to provide a basis for an in-depth discussion of the European Commission’s initiative for a "European Pillar of Social Rights" (cf. consultation above-mentioned) by briefly examining its context.
Key Action 3: Support for Policy Reform, Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth
The deadline for Applications for Support for Policy Reform, Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Youth EACEA/37/2016 is 29 November 2016.

Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Capacity building in the field of higher education
The deadline for Applications for Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education EAC/A03/2016 is on 9 February 2017.

Erasmus+ Key Action 3: Civil Society Cooperation in Education and Training

The objective of the action is to provide structural support, referred to as operating grant, to European non-governmental organisations (ENGOs) and EU-wide networks active in the field of education and training. Learn more.

Erasmus+ Key Action 3: VET-Business Partnerships on Work-based learning and Apprenticeships
The objective of the Call is to invite the submission of proposals on VET-business partnerships to develop work-based learning and thus contributing to the Riga objective to promote work-based learning in all its forms, with special attention to apprenticeships. Learn more.

Horizon2020: Call for Proposals for Action Grants 2016
 European & Franco-German Project Officer
La Ligue de l'Enseignement is currently hiring a European & Franco-German Project Officer to cover a maternity leave (14 January - 8 May 2017). Interested candidates should forward their CV and Cover letter to for further information by 30 November 2016.

 Communication & Project Assistant at EfVET
The EfVET is looking for a communication/project officer at its headquarters in Brussels. Interested candidates should forward their CV and motivation letter to by 12 November 2016.
 EDEN Webinars, 7-11 November 2016, all days from 13.00 to 14.30. Read more

 CEDEFOP Making Learning Visible, European conference on validation of non-formal and informal learning, Thessaloniki, Greece, 10-11 November 2016. More information here

 NECE2016: Crossing Borders. Migration and Citizenship Education in Europe, Zagreb, Croatia, on 10-12 November 2016. Read more

 UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, 1st Member’s Meeting, Hangzhou/China in November 15.

 ICERI2016, International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Sevilla, Spain, 14-16 November 2016

 CEMEA Training, Brussels, Belgium, 14-16 November 2016

 11th European Quality Assurance Forum on Quality in context - embedding improvement, Lubljana, Slovenia, 17-19 November 2016. Read more

 EAPRIL Conference, "Challenges of the Digital Era for Education, Learning and Working", Porto, Portugal, 22-25 November 2016. Regiser here

 eucen Autumn Seminar, Digitalisation in university: continuing education: Technology, content and pedagogy, Barcelona, Spain, 24-25 November 2016. Read more 

 EucA Student Affairs Fair, 24-25 November in Rome. Registrations are open

 VET Week, organised by the European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, 5-9 December 2016. More information here

 EURASHE: Higher Education as a Driver of Regional Development, Bratislava, 6-7 December 2016. Read more

 EAEA Younger Staff Training, Brussels, 6-9 December 2016. Find out more


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