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Discussion groups

  1. Adult Learning and Education for future life and work

Right now Europeans are facing a number of substantial challenges: the digital revolution is transforming the world of work, private lives and societies. Climate change affects us in various contexts, while the ageing population and global migration have deep effects on our societies. Youth and adults are confronted with a growing need to understand and shape various transformation processes. What could the role of ALE be in equipping people with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to navigate successfully in the new, dynamic living and working environments? How can ALE enable citizens to act and overcome the fear for a more and more uncertain future? The workshop will explore the important role of ALE in a rapidly changing European and global environment.

  1. Twin transition in Adult Learning and Education

The twin transition pushes for new methods, ideas and tools that address how we can learn and how as learners we can help others to learn. Does everyone have the right access and equipment? Do we know how to safely teach and learn in digital and hybrid environments? Do we know how to make the best use of them? How and using which materials can we support learners to become more motivated, satisfied and able to achieve more? And it is not just digital skills, green skills are also becoming more important due to global climate challenges. Are we prepared to support learners and teachers for sustainable, inclusive and digital societies and learning workplaces?

  1. Awareness raising & guidance& outreach activities in Adult Learning and Education

Let’s say you have formulated courses, found interesting trainers and even some funding – now where are your learners? In order to provide adult learning and education, and especially up- and reskilling, additional efforts are necessary. Awareness raising can present available learning opportunities but more generally the benefits of learning for adults. Guidance and counselling are necessary for potential learners to understand what they can or should learn and where to find the opportunities. Finally, outreach activities are meant to reach out to people who normally do not participate in learning and/or come from vulnerable groups. All these activities are needed to increase participation and motivation and to reach potential learners. During the workshop we will look at good practices and recommendations on how such frameworks for ALE can be developed, implemented and improved.

  1. Demography and migrations in Adult Learning and Education

Healthy and active ageing and migration are not two isolated islands on the EU map of present and future challenges. They are closely connected with green and digital transition and other transformation processes in current society. We believe that ALE is the right approach to empowering people with the necessary knowledge, skills and competences for the future. Vulnerable groups are in no way excluded, especially if they have low levels of skills, low motivation and negative educational experiences. As a result, their active inclusion in society opens up many questions. How to foster solidarity between different age groups and between cultures and people of all backgrounds? How to strengthen and encourage skills and knowledge transfer from the younger to older generation and vice versa? The key question for discussion is: “How to ensure flexibility and access, supply and take-up of lifelong learning opportunities for all vulnerable groups, i. e. potentially excluded adults?”