Weekly Roundup


“That’s the school’s job, not mine”: ways to move parents from involvement to engagement

Parents might come from various cultural backgrounds. Parents can be strict or lenient, curious or apathetic, creative or by the book. Whatever a parent’s profile, teachers should try to engage them in their children’s education. Here are three ways this can be done. Marking the parents feel included, the research project INCLUDE-ED identified family education as a Successful Educational Action. Another way is to soften transitions with the Parents Toolkit and last is to train parents for detecting and preventing risks on social networks and the Internet.

Learn more about the project here.

Innovate, learn, share, act: the new insightful course on the AE-PRO platform

The online course on policy and practices for Upskilling Pathways has reached about 100 people so far and engaged them in interesting discussions about various aspects of the initiative in their countries. The online course is organized in the framework of the UP-AEPRO project. It tackles the constant need and interest of adult education trainers and staff to learn more about European development in AE and other countries’ systems and innovations.

Read more about the online course here.

Brent Stonebridge Adult Education Centre under threat of demolition

The Stonebridge Adult Education Centre in Brent is under threat of demolition. The building was built in the 19th century by H E Kendall Jr and is considered an important historical site by many local residents. The building has admitted a wide range of adult education courses. These courses enable learners to develop skills and gain new knowledge that will encourage them to move on to further education or work. Local residents have written to the local Kilburn Times paper to voice their disdain.

Find out more about the situation here.

Epale Project presented at International Congress

The V. International Congress on Education and Social Sciences was held by Yildiz Technical University on 27-29 June 2019. Around 800 people from 25 different countries joined the congress and the presentation of EPALE project. The project is funded by Erasmus+ and its aim was to improve the quality and opportunities of adult education in the EU and candidate countries. The project, which the participants showed great interest in, is expected to include more people in the coming days.

Learn more about the project here.

#CedefopPhotoAward 2019 winners announced!

The winning teams of the #CedefopPhotoAward 2019 competition come from Austria, Croatia and Romania. In total 112 teams of vocational education and training learners from 20 European countries took part in the CedefopPhotoAward. They were asked to share a story of a memorable VET experience. The top spot will be decided via an online public vote, organized by the European Commission during the European vocational skills week. Details of the vote will be published in due course.

See all the winners here.

Inquiry to be launched into the state of adult education and lifelong learning

Former apprenticeships and skills minister Robert Halfon will chair an inquiry into the state of adult education and lifelong learning. The inquiry will reflect on the benefits lifelong learning has for the economy and citizens. A speech was given in London on 10 July that advised others recognize that a lack of access to lifelong learning opportunities is the biggest social injustice in recent times. The committee is requesting written submissions, the deadline for submissions is 15 August 2019.

Read full article here.

Inspire parents to open the door for reading with their child

Research show that literacy start at home, at a very young age. Hence the concept of “family literacy”. A parents roll in their children’s literacy skills cannot be underestimated. A child growing up in a family with a strong literacy profile has a good chance of becoming an excellent reader him or herself. Five European countries set up an Erasmus+ project called “Open the Door for Reading”, aiming at the exchange of good practices and research on the development of literacy skills of children.

Learn more about the project here.

Launching of an action-plan for the Reykjanes Peninsula

Educational institutions and sport and youth associations in the Reykjanes Peninsula are key-stakeholders in the government-led action plan aimed to strengthening the area. A specific task force was established within the Education Ministry to gain support for an action-plan, build on the vision of the local population and the government. At the end of June, an agreement was signed on a specific project connected to the Adult Education Centre in Reykjanes Peninsula with a first phase overall action plan on dealing with educational issues in the area.

Read more about the action plan here.



Prepared by Rachel van Wetten


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