With this strange, difficult and challenging year, sustainability has certainly been the centre of our lives. In this special end-of-the-year newsletter we assess our efforts to forge the foundation of sustainable societies through lifelong learning. 

 LLLP - Position paper - Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Societies
After a year of extensive consultations, we are more certain than ever that lifelong learning shall be the engine that will lead the world towards a more sustainable future. Read our paper here.

 LLLP - 10th LLLWeek - The civil society perspective
The 10th edition of the LLLWeek went virtual and viral! Watch the recordings of our 13 events that helped to bring the civil society perspective to European decision-makers. 

 LLLP - LLLAwards - Recognising best practices in lifelong learning
The 5th edition of the LLLAwards received over 120 applications, from 32 countries. Meet the winners and their otstanding practices and discover our exceptional Jury!

 LLLP - Annual Conference 2020 - A conversation with experts
LLLP held its Annual Conference online on May 27th. In our current landscape, lifelong learning is a fresh, positive and transformative force, as it enables learners to think laterally. Read more. 

 Lifelong Learning Interest Group of the European Parliament
The Lifelong Learning interest Group of the European Pariament did not stop either. Organised with EAEA, two online meetings gathered MEPs to discuss the latest developments. 

 LLLP 15th anniversary - Education for aLLL: celebrating 15 years of success
In February, LLLP celebrated its 15th birthday. What have we achieved in these 15 years? Check out the infographics, the quotes, and our Trivia video questionnaire!

 COVID Statement - Mental health and well-being of all learners come first
The COVID-19 pandemic is a threat to education and training systems’ sustainability, and we need to care a little more about learners’ and educators’ mental health. Read our statement

 LLLTalk - EU Education Made Simple
In 2020 we launched a new podcast, to keep you company during your long days in front of the screen. In the first episodes, we talk about education policies and lifelong learning. Listen here 

 LLLP ET2020 Shadow Report - Are we reaching the targets?
2020 was also the year for which Europe had set its own objectives in education and training. LLLP published a shadow report, to offer a reality check of what education is like on the ground. 

 EU Guidebook - A guide to European decision-making in education and training
LLLP has updated its iconic guidebook to match the significant developments and to empower educators and learners over Europe to have their say in their future. Free reading here. 

 FIELDS survey - Have your say on the future of work and skills in agriculture 
What are the current and future skill needs for sustainability, digitalization, and the bio-economy in agriculture? Find more information on the consultation and answer the survey here before 31/12.

The contribution of civil society organisations to shaping a more sustainable future is invaluable. What have we been doing to foster education-driven societies? A lot. 
 EVTA - LIFE FOSTER: Training, education & communication to reduce food waste
This project focuses on green skills, training and education, food waste prevention and communication to create conscious citizens and effective companies and help reduce food waste.

 LLLP members support the Osnabrück Declaration for green and digital economies
The VET community, including EVTA, EfVET, EVBB, EUCEN and EURASHE, supports the Osnabrück Declaration on vocational education and training for digital and green economies.

 ESN - International experience must be a component of all learning paths!
ESN released a reaction paper to the European Education Area, focussing on the Higher Education and most specifically on the field of internationalisation and Erasmus+. Read it here. 

 eucen - The resources from the eucen ULLL Open Fora 2020 are now available
Were you not able to follow the eucen Open Fora in November? Fear not, for the presentations and documents that fostered stimulating discussions are now available

 SOLIDAR - Policy Paper: Global Citizenship Education
Cooperation, solidarity and interdependence emerged as crucial in the pandemic as the crisis not only pushed people to more solidarity, but it also revealed systemic issues. Read the paper. 

 EVBB - Short Survey on impact of COVID on Work-based Learning
The survey is addressed to Educational Institutions, VET Centres and Private Companies around Europe. Click here and have your say on how COVID impacted work-based learning.

 AEGEE Europe - Democracies Under Pressure: Polarisation in the Digital Age
How are disinformation and online polarisation hollowing out our democratic values? And what can we do to prevent this? Register for AEGEE’s event on 12 January to learn more! 

 EUF - International Student Mobility at a Glance
This report explores the promising potential and limiting barriers of non-traditonal mobility,  to enable higher education leaders to adapt and improve their mobility strategies.

 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree ‘PlantHealth’ - Call for applications
This Master program is organized by 6 Universities from 4 European countries and provides top-level and up-to-date education on planet health. Read more and apply

 Institut Jacques Delors - Towards an individual right to adult learning for all Europeans
This report looks at the current state of adult learning in the EU and calls for the establishment of individual learning accounts (ILAs) according to European guidelines.

 UNESCO UIL - IRE issue on education in times of COVID-19
The International Review of Education - Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) is currently preparing the first of two double special issues on Education in the age of COVID-19. Learn more. 
What consequences for lifelong learning in the COVID-19 pandemic? What will the future of education in Europe look like?

 Erasmus+ Budget 2021-2027 - Finally a budget for education and training in Europe
With a budget of more than €26 billion the new Erasmus+ programme will try to be more inclusive and innovative but also more digital and greener. Read the press release.

 New EU Education Area, EU Research Area and Digital Education Action Plan
The Commission jointly released three capital communications for the future of learning in Europe, addressing needs in education, research and digital skills. Read LLLP's takeaways.

 Green Deal - Europe’s strategy for sustainability
The European Green Deal aims to make the EU's economy sustainable, by turning climate and environmental challenges into opportunities, and making the transition just and inclusive for all.

 Erasmus + 2019 Programme Report
The European Commission published the report for the year 2019. With a budget increase of 20%, in 2019 it supported 940,000 learning experiences abroad. Read more here.

 A European approach to micro-credentials - Final report
Micro-credentials offer more flexible and modular learning opportunities and an EU approach will help widen learning opportunities. Read the final report of the consultation group. 

 EESC - Save the date for the Civil Society Days 2021  1-5 March
The flagship event for social society in Europe will take place from 1st to 5th March. The EESC will focus on a sustainable recovery for the future of Europe’s citizens. Stay tuned!

 EESC - United for the Future of Europe: enhancing the key role of the Liaison Group
EU countries should “take this opportunity to build [...] a Europe that is prospering economically, socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable” says new EESC President Christa Schweng.

 Fundamental Rights Agency - Consultation on civic space
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) would like to hear about the challenges that you faced in your day-to-day work during 2020. Submit here. 

 UNESCO Futures of Education - Learning to Become
UNESCO launched a global initiative to reimagine how learning can shape the future of humanity and the planet. The results will be presented at the World Conference on ESD in May.

Ahead of the holiday season, we would like to send you our warm greetings by unveiling the human side of LLLP in a year where human contact has been scarce (to say the least). We hope that by showing our faces we can offer you a small reminder to value all the people you have 'met' behind your screens this year. 

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