COOPERATION WITH THE EU COMMISSION
Many EBSN members are actively engaged in the European Commission’s work for the development of adult learning policy. The EU Agenda for Adult Learning defines the focus for European cooperation in adult education policies for 2012-2020. In the framework of the Agenda, the Commission coordinates a network of national coordinators (NC). The role of the NCs is to contribute to implementation of the EU Agenda on national level and to ensure liaison with the relevant ministries, stakeholders and other partners, with a view to promote and improve policies on adult learning.
Several EBSN members have been appointed National Coordinators. As the result from a restricted call for proposals issued in 2012, the NCs are working in EU funded projects which contribute to the implementation of the Agenda in their respective countries.
INTERNATIONAL PROJECT ACTIVITY
EBSN does not participate as a member in European projects, but the network’s members do.
Projects with a considerable number of EBSN members in their partnership, will be presented in these pages.
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with the participation of 2 or more EBSN members.
Upskilling adults 45+, with migrant background – UPAM 45+ is an Erasmus+ project aiming to provide solutions for better integration on the labour market and in society of adults 45+, with migrant background, through basic skills learning. .In this project 6 organizations from Romania, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, Germany gathered together in order to develop integrated solutions necessary for adult education providers in order to support (re)migrants, adults aged 45+, to acquire basic skills: entrepreneurship, digital and soft skills, and/or, to validate their competences. This way, adults 45+ are supported, in a holistic way, for social and professional inclusion.
One Step Up – Learning to Learn – OSU-LL is an Erasmus+ project aiming to ensure better chances for young people in rural areas and urban periphery areas to become aware of the learning process and to develop the transversal learning to learn competence. The project “One Step Up” is implemented in a consortium of 5 partners which includes Romania, Greece, Italy, Poland and Portugal. “Learning to learn” is an approach that helps young people to maximize their learning outcomes and to update and improve their basic skills, so they can progress in the learning process. This transversal competence supports the development of other key competences and focuses on: Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills; developing critical analysis skills and critical reflection; problem solving; working with others; planning skills; skills to improve and direct their own learning to help them become autonomous learners.
The OERup! project takes up the need to promote and foster the successful implementation of OER (Open Educational Resources) and OEPs (Open Educational Practices) in adult education in Europe in order to widen participation in Open Education. In the frame of the project two EBSN members and their European partners develop a training concept for teachers and staff in adult education institutions.
Vocational education and training: New approach for effective social inclusion – is one of the few projects implemented in Macedonia focusing on the topic of reintegrating the prisoners into the society through non-formal education. The project is implemented by the Association Community Development Institute in partnership with DVV International, Germany, both EBSN members. The network also provides individual experts to the project.
The overall objective is to contribute to the creation of favourable environment for reintegration of the offenders into the society. The project activities provides opportunity for prisoners to learn new skills and to be competitive on the labour market after their sentence is served. More information
Strategy To Raise Awareness and Improve, Generalize and Help Tackling European Needs for Basic Skills / Straighten Basic Skills is an Erasmus+ project aiming at creating a systemic and multiperspective view of all successful indicators in a comprehensive strategy to effectively promote work related basic skills training for adults. In this project 6 organizations from Austria, France, Germany, Norway, UK and Romania gathered together in order to develop the concept and methodologies at stake, and do adapt this model in their countries, approaching it through implementation of 6 pilot projects focusing on 2 of the success indicators defined in previously.
EBSN is playing a major role in the work of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET). ELINET aims to gather and analyze policy information; exchange policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET is formed of 79 partner organizations from 28 countries. There are 19 EBSN members involved in the project, contributing to all aspects of the work of ELINET, in particular leading on the analysis of policy and practice in adult literacy. In the Autumn 2015 ELINET will publish reports on adult literacy policy in the member countries as well as presenting examples of good practice. For more information see www.eli-net.eu
MANORKA project – component on promoting lifelong learning, community learning and digital skills development among local governments in Hungary. The project component implemented by EBSN member organisations (VOX from Norway, the Association for Lifelong Learning and Modus Foundation from Hungary) intended to implement an empowerment strategy addressing both municipality leadership and municipality officers and creating capacity in local governments to efficiently promote lifelong learning both in the municipality organisation as well as in the local community and activate their citizens. The empowerment strategy was focusing on delivering skills and competences to local government officers and citizens which enables them to act actively in this filed. More information
Specialization for European Teachers of Basic Skills for Adults – SEA – is a Learning Partnership within the Grundtvig / LLP programme that brings together European researchers, teacher training institutions and education providers of basic skills instruction to adults.
ALFIE, Alphabetisation of Immigrants to Europe – ALFIE is a Learning Partnership within the Grundtvig / LLP programme, and it gathers policy makers, researchers, teacher training institutions and training providers in the field of “alphabetization” (initial literacy) for adult immigrants.
BASKET, Professional Development of Basic Skills Trainers – The BASKET partnership has partners from university and research as well as partners developing national models, curricula and training modules for the professional development of teachers teaching basic skills to adults. BASKET also has partners that act as policy advocates in this field, and partners that provide lifelong learning programs for the general public.
EUR-Alpha, European Network for Adult Literacy and Numeracy -Eur-Alpha was a European network of exchanges between literacy and numeracy practitioners, learners, trainers, researchers, policymakers. It was founded in 2009 and counted 16 partners coming from 12 different countries. Eur-Alpha aimed at supporting and developing best quality practice in literacy and numeracy in Europe by: – The development and support of the learners voicing of opinions and participation – The improvement of the educational practices facilitating learners self-determination and participation.
InBalance – InBalance has been developed by a team of European research and learning institutions.The purpose of the project is to support and develop adult tutors of numeracy and provide structured and engaging materials for learners of several abilities. InBalance is a realistic & systematic methodology based on the needs of individual learners & their practical everyday experiences.
“Mathematics in Action” (MiA) was a European project funded by the Grundtvig 1 action, within the frame of the Socrates programme. The aim of this project was to empower teachers in adult education in order to improve the functional numeracy of European adults.