Past Conferences EBSN Annual Conference, 2021

EBSN Annual Conference, 2021

Innovation for Resilience – New Approaches to Basic Skills Provision in the Post-COVID Era

Following the COVID lockdown period we found it very important to offer the possibility for our members and the interested professionals to meet again physically and have a real conference. As announced earlier, together with our Maltese member and partner, the Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability (DRLLE) from the Ministry for Education, MFED we managed to agree on the organization of a presential conference in Valletta, Malta.

For the first time the EBSN conference was organised in a hybrid form.


Conference Program


Speakers Info


Malta Conference Declaration


Conference Padlet

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Plenary Presentations

Formal opening – Maltese authorities, Directorate, EBSN

Basic Skills in Malta – policy, implementation and visions for the future – Alex Farrugia, Director of Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability, Maltese Ministry of Education

Towards a New Agenda for Adult Learning – Alison Crabb, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion: presentationvideo

The EBSN’s CBS and PDS series in the context of current European Policy – Graciela Sbertoli, Secretary General and Zoltán Várkonyi, EBSN Secretariat: presentationvideo

Webinars for CPD – Cäcilia Märki, SVEB, Switzerland: presentationvideo

Approaches to Upskilling Programs for Adult Basic Skills Learners: The U.S. Perspective – Judith Alamprese, Principal Scientist, Abt Associates, USA: presentationvideo

The Maltese national project for renewal of Basic Skills policy – Angela Jones and Rosemarie Debattista, (Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability (DRLLE), Malta): presentationvideo

Check-In, Take-Off (CITO) – Innovative use of technology as motivation tool for adults with basic skills needs – Ailis Mardon-Egan and Elaine Cohalan (NALA, Ireland), Helen Murphy and Sarah Bates-Evoy (WIT, Ireland): presentationvideo

Strengthening digital competencies for better literacy provision under Unesco’s Sustainable Development Goals – Jian Xi Teng, Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning: presentationvideo


Workshop Presentations

Learning through Lockdown – Volunteers, English Language Learners and Conversation Clubs – Alex Stevenson, National Learning and Work Institute, UK: presentationvideo

Engaging SMEs in Hungary to invest in the skills of employees during COVID – Zsolt Vincze, EBSN and ALLL, Hungary: presentationvideo

New and old perspectives on the professional expertise of adult literacy practitioners – Sam Duncan, UCL Institute of Education, UK: presentationvideo

Bridging Barriers – The Future of Adult Basic Education in Europe – Eva Steinheimer and Günther Hefler, 3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH, Austria: presentationvideo

Basic Skills in Slovakia – from initial mapping to a national strategy – Monika Drinkova, State Vocational Education Institute, Slovakia: presentationvideo

Common European Numeracy Framework – implications for policy – Prof Kees Hoogland, University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherelands: presentationvideo

Understanding technology-supported literacy programmes for youth and adult refugees, internally displaced persons and migrants: A global landscape review – Annapurna Ayyappan, Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning, Germany: presentationvideo

Digital Literacy Improvement through Effective Learning Experiences for Adults – Denisa Mariana Centea, IREA, Romania: presentation – video

Technology should work for everyone – Follow-up on Nordic recommendations on adult basic digital skills, work in progress on a Nordic Inspiration catalogue – Kerstin Gatu, Mora Folk High School, Sweden (representing the Nordic Network for Adult Learning, NVL): presentationvideo

Lightening the load – vhs-Lernportal in the COVID crisis – Michael Thiel, DVV, Germany: presentationvideo