Organisation

Organisation

The Association consists of:

– the General Assembly (GA)

– the Executive Committee (EC)

– the Secretariat.

The General Assembly is the EBSN’s legislative organ and it delegates the running governance of the network to the Executive Committee.

All eligible members are entitled to participate with one voting member per institution at the annual General Assembly (GA).

A Secretariat has been established to assist the Executive Committee in its functions.

 

Secretary General

Graciela Sbertoli

Graciela Sbertoli

Secretary General, EBSN

Graciela is currently the General Secretary of the European Basic Skills Network. She has been involved in adult education since 1982. She represented Norway in the European Commission’s Grundtvig Working Group (2001-2005), and as National Coordinator for Adult Learning from 2006 to 2007. In 2010 she launched the European Basic Skills Network. In her current position she is cooperating with the Commission and a variety of European stakeholders for the implementation of the Upskilling Pathways initiative.

EBSN Executive Committee

Chair

Jan Evensen

Jan Evensen

Fønix AS, Norway

Jan Evensen is manager of Education and Training in FØNIX AS, Norway. He is a master in sociology and has been working in adult education for more than 20 years. He has been working specially with basic skills in working life through the Norwegian BCWL-program and formal competences in working life. He has experience from many fields of adult education, and vast international experience from international projects such as Erasmus+ and EEA Norway Grants.

Jan is member of the EBSN EC since 2017.

Treasuer

Zsolt Vincze

Zsolt Vincze

Association for Lifelong Learning / ALLL, Hungary

Zsolt Vincze has been working in basic skills development for more than 10 years, being part of the team which developed and promoted the Network of Hungarian Open Learning Centres (NYITOK), an innovative community-based approach for ensuring key competences for adults. Zsolt is also director of Progress Development Co., which functions as knowledge centre for basic skills learning for the NYITOK Network since 2009 as well as implements several national programmes on digital skills development for adults.

Zsolt is member of the EBSN EC and the Treasurer of the Network since 2017. He was Head of the EBSN Secretariat between 2013 and 2017.

Estera Mozina

Estera Mozina

Slovenian Institute for Adult Education / SIAE, Slovenia

Estera Mozina has been involved in adult education since 1991 when she started to work for the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education established that year (SIAE). She completed postgraduate studies on European Social Policy, at the University of Bath. She was one of the promoters of the first national adult literacy scheme in Slovenia in 90s; ln 1998 she became national manager for OECD international Adult Literacy Survey which generated several initiatives regarding the adult literacy development in Slovenia, such as National adult literacy strategy (2004) and the new concept of adult literacy education (2001). She has been appointed as a member of an expert group responsible for preparation of White paper on adult education in the period from 2009-2011, national reading strategy 2015-2016. She was involved as head of researcher in several international projects and has been also involved in the PIAAC survey as National project coordinator for Slovenia. Currently Estera is head of 6-years developmental project dealing with the development of basic skills of employees 2016-2022.

Estera is member of the EBSN EC since 2016.

Cäcilia Märki

Cäcilia Märki

Swiss Federation of Adult Learning / SVEB, Switzerland

Cäcilia Märki has been working for the Swiss Association for Continuing Education (SVEB) since 2012. She is responsible for the SVEB’s basic skills department. Workplace basic skills is an important focus of her activities, along with the support of professional networks and policy development, the professionalisation of trainers and international cooperation in the area of basic skills.

Cäcilia is member of the EBSN EC since 2017.

Silvia Faggioli

Silvia Faggioli

Italian teacher and Principals Association / ADI, Italy

Silvia Faggioli works for the Italian Teacher and Principals Association / ADi as a teacher trainer and she is also an experienced European project designer. She is therefore important for ADI as provider of input for policy development, and she was instrumental in getting ADI in touch with the EBSN.

She also works for INDIRE (the National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research, which is the Italian Ministry of Education’s oldest research organisation) as a European project expert and evaluator.

Silvia wrote the application for and coordinated several Erasmus Plus projects on ECVET to support individuals to transfer and cumulate their learning outcomes throughout Europe. She is currently working on projects dealing with career guidance tools to self empower adults and young people. She is also very active within the Annual ECVET Forum organized by the European Commission.

Silvia is member of the EBSN EC since 2019.

Celia Sokolowsky

Celia Sokolowsky

German Adult Education Association / DVV, Germany

Celia Sokolowsky is at the head of the Adult Education Association in Northrhine-Westfalia, that represents 131 adult education centers (Volkshochschulen) in the former industrial heart of Germany. A focus of Volkshochschulen is on social and professional integration, basic education and the catching up of school qualifications.

Previously, she was responsible for the development of digital learning offers for basic education and second language acquisition at DVV, the umbrella organization of 900 adult education centres (Volkshochschulen) in Germany. Celia publishes regularly on questions of adult education for disadvantaged groups, esp. learning with digital media in literacy and language acquisition.

Celia is member of the EBSN EC since 2019.

Alex Stevenson

Alex Stevenson

National Learning and Work Institute / L&W, UK

Alex Stevenson is a Head of Programme at Learning and Work Institute (L&W), leading the organisation’s research and development work on adult basic skills and learning in communities.  Alex has worked on a range of projects for clients including the Department for Education, the Home Office, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and the Greater London Authority.  Alex’s recent basic skills projects include advising the Government on the feasibility of an online basic skills checker, producing new ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teaching and learning resources for refugees with limited literacy skills, and resources to support volunteers with the delivery of non-formal English language conversation clubs.  He led L&W’s development work on the Citizens’ Curriculum, and currently leads a project in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, which explores how the Citizens’ Curriculum can benefit residents with long-term health conditions. Before joining L&W, Alex taught, managed and developed adult basic skills and ESOL provision for over 13 years. Alex is an executive board member at the European Association for the Education of Adults and an executive committee member at the European Basic Skills Network.

Alex is member of the EBSN EC since 2020.

 

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