Interview with OECD expert and PIAAC coordinator
The value of formal qualifications throughout our lifetime has not been stable for a long time. The changing employment market requires each individual to have the appropriate skills. Formal qualifications only illustrate part of what we know, what we can do and how we use cognitive, emotional and social skills - in short "competences". The OECD has therefore developed PIAAC (Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies) as a tool to measure the competencies of adults. In an interview with Andreas Schleicher, the PIAAC coordinator at the OECD, the German-language online journal "Magazin erwachsenenbildung.at" explores why the results of PIAAC have generated so little response as regards education policy in some countries like Austria for example. The full interview will be published in German on 22 October at www.erwachsenenbildung.at/magazin. The questions were compiled by Elke Gruber, Professor for Adult and Vocational Education at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria.
Folk high schools play an important role in many Swedish initiatives aimed at preventing youth marginalisation. Among the Nordic countries, Sweden has the highest proportion of unemployed and socially excluded young people.
Something’s happening in the beds and borders. Vegetables are beginning to compete with flowers in Swedish towns and cities. Municipal gardening projects are on the increase and there are more and more places to enjoy fresh air and meet people in busy urban environments. Growing is a part of the tradition of the Swedish popular movement that is deeply rooted in Swedish society. Now many young people want to learn more about organic cultivation and sustainability.