Raising awareness of health hazards, climate changes and national cultural heritage are new elements of Slovenian adult education. This creates new challenges to the levels of educators' competencies and to monitoring and evaluation of activities.
Since we last published a Newsletter (February 3), the European Adult Education InfoNet met for a Milestone Conference in Lisboa, Portugal. The conference took stock of the activities of InfoNet, not only during the preceding year, but since the beginning 10 years ago.
The online portal for adult education that the European Commission initiated in 2014 under the name "EPALE" (Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe, http://ec.europa.eu/epale/) became accessible in several countries at the end of last year. It is planned to gradually set up this kind of national platform in each country of the European Union. To do so, the adult education department, which has been assigned to the Directorate General for Employment since the restructuring under Juncker, has provided a total of 8.3 million euros throughout Europe according to this year's annual plan. On 15 April 2015 EPALE is to be officially launched in Brussels.
Representatives of international, European and national umbrella associations, along with other experts, have met in Lisbon to instigate the development of a new online magazine on adult education. The new magazine is mainly designed to issue high-quality articles, and is to be aimed at European and international specialists. The portal is to be dedicated to a certain topic every quarter, after which a corresponding magazine-like dossier with these articles and other information will be published.
This issue of InfoNet Newsletter announces the recently published issue of the LLinE web magazine about Blended Learning. The issue carries articles on good blended learning practices and initiatives of European educators. Other articles deal with research about blended learning.
What adult educators learn and experience in one part of Europe may inspire adult educators in other countries and help them improve the quality of their own offers. In InfoNet we consider it as one of our central tasks to facilitate this process of transnational exchange. In this issue community learning, motivating adults with low reading skills and intergenerational training are among the topics covered.
There is a gap between generations in many European countries.
Older people don’t always feel comfortable nearby youngsters in several places in Europe. At the same time young people are increasingly disoriented in society and in the labour market. A possible solution is “intergenerational education”. However, vulnerable youth and seniors are, despite their differences, “in the same boat” as both groups risk marginalization in society.
In Italy and The Netherlands adult learning professionals have developed new initiatives to create cooperation and exchange between people from these two generations. This shared knowledge benefits not only individuals but also the community.
This issue of InfoNet Newsletter announces the recently published issue of the LLinE web magazine about the global Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and process of defining post-2015 targets.