Welcome to the autumn edition of EPALE’s quarterly newsletter! In this issue, find out more about free workshops and conferences coming up in 2019; dive into Adult learning in the workplace (our theme for October-December this year) and find out more about our last thematic focus, Social inclusion of vulnerable groups through adult learning. Scroll down to learn more.

As ever, if you have any comments or suggestions for our newsletter, we’d love to hear from you. Email us at mailto:epale@leargas.ie

Blog Competition 

EPALE Ireland Blog CompetitionDo you have an idea for an EPALE blog? We always love to hear your ideas, and now you have the chance to win anew iPad when you blog on EPALE in November and December.

The competition is running until 13 December 2019. Full details here! 

Free Workshops 

Mobility: The Inclusive Experience for Vocational Education and Training 

Join us for an event targeted at vocational education and training (VET) providers who are interested in learning how Erasmus+ VET mobilities benefit their learners. The event will focus on learners who face greater barriers to inclusion.

Learn about Erasmus+ supports for VET providers, for the general student population and specifically for students facing inclusion barriers.

We will also discuss how ECVET (the European Credit System for Education and Training) can be used to support mobility projects.

Dublin, 28 November 2019

VET Application Workshop
This Léargas application workshop is for VET organisations preparing an Erasmus+ funding application for the February 2020 deadline.

Organisations active in VET can receive funding for projects that include sending their learners and/or staff for a vocational training placement in another participating country. These programmes typically include periods of vocational work-based learning.

At this workshop we will cover:

  • Understanding the structure of Erasmus+
  • Completing the Application Form and associated documents
  • Award Criteria used for assessing applications
  • Questions and clarifications.

Dublin, 06 December 2019

Léargas Forum – Save the date!
Dublin Castle, 03 December 2019
Details coming soon via the EPALE calendar and the Léargas calendar!

Adult learning in the workplace

From October to December, EPALE’s thematic focus is ‘Adult Learning in the Workplace’.

Live discussion 
Have you completed or are you carrying out a project on workplace learning? Or have you heard about one that impressed you?

We’ll be collecting project results and good practice examples of projects related to workplace learning. The online event aims to create a valuable resource that can serve as a reference point and a source of inspiration for people who want to create their own workplace-learning projects.

The event will be moderated live on 13 November, but comments will open on 11 November. Join the discussion here

Social inclusion of vulnerable groups through adult learning 
During August-September 2019, the EPALE focus was on ‘Social inclusion of vulnerable groups through adult learning’. Below are some of the highlights:
Read EPALE Thematic Coordinator David Mallows’ summary of EPALE’s focus on Social Inclusion. David looks back at some of the articles published during our thematic focus on social inclusion of vulnerable groups.

Does adult learning help solve or worsen social inequality? In this podcast Andrew McCoshan, David Mallows, Markus Palmen and Simon Broek got together to discuss the following questions:

  • Does adult learning indeed lead to higher inequalities?
  • What are the factors for successful adult learning provision for the inclusion of vulnerable groups in learning?
  • What elements need to be taken on board on the policy level to increase the engagement of vulnerable groups?

Listen here

The European Skills Basic Network (EBSN) is running two free MOOCs as part of their Capacity Building Series units for 2019.  The two courses will run simultaneously until 15 November.
MOOC:  Workplace basic skills learning This MOOC focuses on the policy and practical perspectives of workplace basic skills learning programmes throughout Europe and beyond. The goal is to give a basic overview on the potentials and challenges in designing and conducting basic skills training programmes at workplaces to policy-makers, adult learning professionals and other stakeholders in the development and implementation initiatives linked to the Upskilling Pathways recommendation of the EU.
More information here.
MOOC:  Family literacy interventionsIn the context of widespread concern for literacy levels across the EU, there is growing recognition of the role of family literacy (FL) in addressing intergenerational cycles of literacy inequalities. European policies and UNESCO policies currently reflect a strong commitment to FL as a means of combating disadvantage and enhancing literacy levels across generations. FL is most often integrated into adult education, basic skills provision or other sectoral policies for social inclusion.

This MOOC focuses on the policy and practical perspectives of FL interventions around Europe and beyond. The goal is to give a basic overview of the potentials and challenges in designing and conducting family literacy programs to policy-makers, adult learning professionals and other stakeholders in the development and implementation initiatives linked to the Upskilling Pathways recommendation of the EU.
More information here.

Recent EPALE Blogs 
Adult Education, The Second Sex and Othering 

On the seventieth anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s book ‘The Second Sex’, Maynooth University’s Dr Bríd Connolly discusses the debt adult and community education owe to de Beauvoir’s masterpiece. Read here.

The tradition of adult education in Ireland

In 2019, several members of the European Association for Education of Adults (EAEA) are celebrating important dates in their history: this year is the175th anniversary of the establishment of the first Folk High School in Denmark, the 50th anniversary of the founding of AONTAS, and the 100th anniversary of German Volkshochschulen. To mark such important occasions, EAEA decided to delve into the history of non-formal adult education in Denmark, Ireland and Germany, and unveil the role it plays in these countries.

EU Public Consultation 
Validation of non-formal and informal learning 

The EU Commission is conducting a public consultation on the validation of non-formal and informal learning until 13 November. It is part of the evaluation of the 2012 Recommendation on validation of non-formal and informal learning. The questionnaire is open to both specialists and the general public. Find out more.

What training would you like? 
While EPALE is an online platform, we also provide free offline events, regionally and nationally, to bring adult educators together. We want to make these events as useful as possible, so if there’s a training or event topic that you could benefit from then let us know at mailto:epale@leargas.ie

Enviado por José Antonio Sierra