“I met the validation process by chance as the unemployed. It helped me to re-connect with myself, found out what I am capable of and what my main competencies for job seeking are. All my competencies are documented in a well-organized portfolio and are updated regularly with new gained knowledge. The validation process gave me a lot – from professional to personal growth in a way that I am motivated to upgrade my knowledge and self-realization on my professional path”.
Otava Folk High School is situated in Eastern Finland. Back in 1997, the school established an online upper secondary education programme for adults, and student numbers have been growing ever since. The school offers online education at comprehensive school level (primary and lower secondary education) and at upper secondary level. At both levels, the students study at their own pace, and no examinations are arranged. The school's trump cards are trust and flexibility.
“I wish I came here sooner”, says 75-year-old Marko, who recently discovered the benefits of a library for the first time. Now he is no longer merely a retired merchant sitting at home and waiting for something to happen. He uses the library for reading papers, for computer courses and for meeting other people of his own age.
While the OECD statistics in Education at a Glance describe Ireland as having a promising outlook in that we invest more in education per student than most OECD countries, and that 93% of young people are expected to graduate from upper secondary education in their lifetimes we still have the fifth highest rate of unemployment among the OECD countries. The data show that the lower the levels of educational attainment the higher the risk there is of being unemployed.
“Money spent on awareness is much cheaper and less painful than cure.” This is philosophy behind campaigns on sexual health promotion in Malta. “We want to transmit a healthy message across the community to promote healthy lifestyle and sexual health. We use various media…” says The Director of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Dr Charmaine. She describes the sexual health campaign in this interview.
The current programme of the Austrian government for adult education focuses on funding basic education and compulsory education for adults. Thanks to co-funding from the ESF, twice as many funds are available as of 2015.
Portuguese social educators want to be the main protagonists in the country's social action and education system. Their aim is to develop multi-disciplinary action in the social field to favour local community progress. At a National Meeting in Bragança, they focused on a core task for future success: knowing how to anticipate and cope with risk situations.
It was worth combining in a single publication the wide range of informal learning experiences achieved in recent years in the Portuguese Alentejo region because the publication of the book entitled Educações no Alentejo helps to stress the importance of new learning spaces and decentralisation of schools as exclusive knowledge and learning spaces.