Ahead of Adult Learners’ Week 2013 which begins on Saturday, Grundtvig senior project manager, Ieva Mais, visited the NIACE Learning for a Better World Conference in Cardiff.
Learning for a better world
I attended the Learning for a Better World conference organised by NIACE in Cardiff on 28-29 April. It brought together practitioners, policy makers, researchers and adult learners from several European countries to discuss the UK’s contribution to the Agenda in three main areas:
Today is officially the first day of spring, the time where the roots have bedded down and the first shoots start appearing. This might be a rather tenuous link but it started me thinking about the opportunities for growth and how the lifecycle of our projects enable new branches to sprout and develop.
Growth is a priority under the EU2020 objectives with sustainable and inclusive growth a focus. Continuing on the theme of growth, I thought I’d highlight some of our projects that look at the greener side of things. Many of our projects focus on conservation, nature and the environment, working to help communities and individuals through green-centered education. Looking first at Leonardo, the 2011 Mobility funded Parks & Gardens Apprenticeship Scheme, organised by Cardiff Council, provided apprentices with a new understanding of the techniques and processes involved in horticulture: Read the rest of this entry »
Our funding opportunities cover a range of sectors; at the heart of all of them is learning. Learning, improving and developing skills are important not just to us as individuals but to our local, national, and transnational communities.
Whichever opportunity you are involved in, whether it is a Transfer of Innovation project, a Senior Volunteering project, or a Study Visit, you are either developing your own skills or working to improve those of learners and staff involved. Skills development is a key priority across Europe. The hope is that improving skills will help to increase employability and remove barriers to the labour market while stimulating economic growth. Co-operation has been highlighted by the European Commission in their Rethinking Education strategy as a path to address the skills gap while providing the innovation needed to boost the labour market.
Co-operation to enhance education
Many of our projects have already forged strong partnerships between academia and business as well as across regions and countries. As part of our Changing Lives series we spoke to one such organisation, Embrace Cooperation, about how they work to enhance education and training: Read the rest of this entry »
2013 is the European Year of Citizens. Launched by the European Union, the EY2013 will raise awareness of citizen’s rights and explore their vision for Europe.
It is the chance for everyone to understand their rights and the opportunities available to them, such as living and working anywhere within Europe.
The activities throughout the European Year will be organised at a grass-roots level, by citizens and civil society organisations. There is also an extensive resource library as part of the European Year website which provides more information on the Year and being mobile in Europe: http://europa.eu/citizens-2013/en/resources-library
It’s about Europe, it’s about You
For me, this European Year, and why it is important, is summed up by its tagline: ‘It’s about Europe, it’s about You.’
This is my, your, and everyone’s, chance to add our voices to the debate: http://europa.eu/citizens-2013/en share your views on the rights we all currently have and where we all want the EU to be by 2020.
Today saw the CULT Committee, which is responsible for drawing up the European Parliament’s proposal for the next generation of programmes, vote on the what the contents of the proposal should be.
Over 1000 amendments were introduced by MEPs to the European Commission’s original proposal and were voted on today. Due to the number of amendments considered, it isn’t possible to give you a detailed run down of all the changes and decisions. We have been able to pull out some of the most important amendments which should be confirmed in a final report from the Committee in the new year.
- Endorsement of the name ‘YES Europe’ and rejection of other names proposed including ‘Erasmus for All’ and ‘Lifelong Learning Programme’.
- Endorsement of separate chapters for education, youth and sport.
- Definitions of lifelong learning, mobility activities and so on have been expanded to cover a wider range of activities.
- Concern to broaden scope of youth activities, protect social inclusion element of programme, and emphasise non-formal and informal learning in the sector.
- Increased emphasis on third countries and ‘international’ co-operation (not just European).
The proposal will now go to the European Parliament for a vote in January. It isn’t all over for ‘Erasmus for All’ just yet…
What are your thoughts?
We’ll continue to bring you the latest updates from the vote but why not let us know your thoughts and opinions on the confirmed amendments to the proposal? You can watch the CULT Committee meeting at http://www.europarl.europa.eu/ep-live/en/committees/video?event=20121127-0900-COMMITTEE-CULT and tweet us @llpUKecorys or leave a comment below.
Recently we wrote about our forthcoming Thematic Networking event. At each of these events we invite a range of decision-makers and education professionals from across the UK to attend and look in detail at recent policy developments during the day.
As part of each event we hold a series of workshop sessions that look, in detail, at four cross-cutting themes. The discussions during these workshops will inform future decisions with the wider professional networks of the group, both in the UK and across Europe. While attendance at these events is by invitation only, everyone who recieves funding from our projects can still get involved by reading, and disseminating, the outcomes from the event. Read the rest of this entry »
One of the things that most interests me when I talk to participants is their individual list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ that they have for running a successful project. Usually built on experience, often these ‘top tips’ are relevant in all kinds of projects.
Recently, I attended a Leonardo Transfer of Innovation (TOI) Start Up Seminar, where I got talking to Ros Boyce from Belfast Metropolitan College who has recently taken over the reins as Project Manager of The BAREFOOT Trainer project, which is providing short, practical blended courses, useful for Vocational Education and Training (VET) teaching and training across diverse sectors.
You may have read Emma’s recent post on Older People’s Day on the 1 October and the European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations (EY2012). What does an ageing population mean to the UK? What does it mean for employability and active citizenship? Our next Thematic Networking event will look into this topic in more detail from a UK perspective.
The forthcoming event, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on the 29 November, will bring together over 60 policy makers and Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) project practitioners. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear from Brian Keating, from the Department for Work and Pensions , on work currently being undertaken on active ageing by the UK Government. Read the rest of this entry »
The European Parliament’s Culture and Education Committee met on the 19 September to discuss the Erasmus for All report compiled by Doris Pack, Chair of the Committee. The report sets out some significant changes and recommendations to the Commissions current proposal for the next generation of programmes.
The name ‘Erasmus for All’ has always been unpopular with the Committee. As part of her work, Doris Pack asked the European Commission to suggest a new name and this was put forward for the first time during the meeting – Youth, Education and Sport Europe – ‘YES Europe’. The proposed new name received overall support from the Committee.
Doris Pack gave clarification on some of the recommendations outlined in the report, this included: Read the rest of this entry »