Weekly Roundup

Erasmus+ Virtual ExchangeErasmus+ Virtual Exchange

The Erasmus+ Virtual exchange is an online platform using new media, digital and mobile technologies to create an inclusive and intercultural collaboration and dialogue. The platforms aims to bridge differences and distances and inspires actions with a  long-term positive impact on relationships.  This platform offers integration into formal and non-formal educational programmes and activities to develop measurable increases in skills, knowledge and attitudes that foster social behaviour. The activities of the platform are separated in four categories: Online facilitated dialogue, training to develop virtual exchange projects, advocacy training and interactive open online courses.

Learn more about this platform here.

EU Studies Fair 2019Coming Up: EU Studies Fair 2019

The EU Studies Fair organised by POLITICO, is the largest educational and networking even in Europe focused on graduate and post graduate programs in EU studies, international relations, business, economics, public policy and law. The studies fair, organised for the first time in 1999, has been a reference for over 50 world-class academic institutions from all over the world. The event also offers orientation seminars, university spotlights and contests. The event takes place on the 8th and 9th of February and is free of charge for visitors.

Register for the event here.

Social InclusionThe Role of Adult Education in Social Inclusion

On the 25th of October EPALE organised a conference about the role adult training may play in social inclusion and was attended and reported on by Linda Berg. The conference started with a lecture by Eric Mangez, his conclusion was that the adult training of today must focus on the inclusion of vulnerable persons in their meeting with the uncertainty of the future. Furthermore, good practices in three countries were discussed. The Norwegian Ministry of Education published a white paper on social exclusion, focusing on among others, basic skills including competence and qualification of immigrants and cooperation between the social partners in a national skills strategy.

Read more about the conference here.

EU Adult EducationNational insights for EU Adult Education Policy development from Lithuania, Latvia and Poland

On 15 and 16 October EPALE organised a pan-European conference with the slogan ‘Growing toget: fostering an inspiring adult learning community’ in Hungary. The event gathered over 230 national government representatives, EPALE members, European stakeholders and representatives from the European Commission. The aim of the even was to gather participants’ views on how the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the EU programmes in this field could evolve after 2020. It was an opportunity to share national perspectives, experience and expertise to benefit the improvement of the quality of adult education.

Read more here.

Ireland’s Yearbook of EducationIreland’s Yearbook of Education 2017-18

Over the past 10 years, Education Matters Yearbook has established itself as the guide to the world of education in Ireland. The Yearbook bridges the gap between everyone involved in education such as: teachers, policy-makers, students and adult learners. Every December Education Matters publishes the Yearbook to inform, guide and inspire educationalists across all sectors to reflect on their goals and become more successful. This year’s edition contains articles by pioneers and specialists in education.  The yearbook can be expected on the 1st of December.

Read the 2017-2018 yearbook here.

#DiscoverEU#DiscoverEU Launch

100480 young EU citizens applied during the first application round of the Discover EU initiative. This project aims to give young people the opportunity to travel around Europe. Europe’s cultural heritage comes in many shapes and forms, for example European capitals. This initiative offers young people the opportunity to discover Europe’s heritage, by train but offers also alternative transport such as buses or ferries. This is a chance to experience freedom of movement, to better understand Europe’s diversity, enjoy its cultural richness and make new friends.

Learn more about this initiative here.

Teacher’s Salaries A Comparative Analysis of Teacher’s Salaries Across Europe

The European Commission has published a report that provides information on salaries and allowances for teachers and school heads in pre-primary, primary and secondary public schools. The comparative analysis, which includes 41 European education systems, shows an increase in teacher’s salaries but also differences in salary conditions and progression across Europe. In 18 education systems the salaries have increased by 3%.

Read more here.

Prison EducationPrison Education: a Preparation for Freedom

EPALE Serbia gives an overview of the closing conference in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the conference focused on prison education. Several professors presented workshops and information on the importance of education in prison.  According to professor Knežić, prison and the condition within should be the starting point when educational activities are designed. Prisoner education should accomplish the following: to prepare convicts for life after prison, to provide efficient functioning of the prison and to enable the achievement of the main goal of the penalty.

Read more here.

Prepared by Dimyana Salib

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