A Toolkit for Developing, Implementing and Monitor..
A Toolkit for Developing, Implementing and Monitoring Adult Education Strategies
Start date: Oct 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2017
The Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth acknowledges lifelong learning and skills development as key elements in response to the current economic crisis, to demographic ageing and to the broader economic and social strategy of the EU. The crisis has highlighted the major role which adult learning can play in achieving the Europe 2020 goals, by enabling adults - in particular the low-skilled and older workers - to improve their ability to adapt to changes in the labor market and society. Participation in adult learning has continued to fall, from 9,8 % of the 25-64 year-old population in 2005 to only 9,1 % in 2010, thus making the increased ‘ET2020’ target of 15 % by 2020 an even greater challenge. One of the challenges faced today is the fact that some MS do not have comprehensive strategies on Adult Education, whilst, where they exist no measures are taken for updating and monitoring them, identifying gaps and being at the same time in line with the ET2020 strategy.
The development of a comprehensive strategy on Adult Education will enable local and national authorities to contribute towards the achievement of the above EU target and increase adults’ participation in education and training in a lifelong learning perspective. The strategy will be in line with other EU tools such as the EQF and NQF as well as the mechanisms for validating non-formal and in-formal learning. What are the effective policies to be taken into account for the development of an effective strategy, who are the major stakeholders to participate in the development of the strategy, how the strategy can be put into practice, what are some practical tools needed to facilitated these processes, are some of the questions that will seek answer during the project lifespan.
The project objectives are fully align with the EU priorities and are the following:
- Designing and implementing effective strategies for enhancing basic skills for specific adult target groups, increasing incentives for adult training
- Stimulating the development and use of innovative approaches and tools to assess and increase the efficiency of public expenditure and the investment in education, training and youth, including through new funding models such as public-private partnerships, cost-sharing, etc. (Erasmus + , horizontal priority)
- Evaluating the effectiveness of adult education policies at national, regional and local levels level (Erasmus +, field specific priority).
- EU benchmark referring to the Adult Participation in lifelong learning (15% until 2020)
- Priorities of the EU Agenda on Adult Learning 2014-15
The consortium consist of 6 partners, from 5 European countries which cover a wide range of expertise related to the aims of the DIMA project, as well they have a Pan-European outreach in their activities:
1.MOEC has extensive experience in working with cross-discipline and cross-sector project teams and developed educational activities
2.CARDET is an international education research center with global expertise in Adult Education strategies
3.Maynooth University is composed by experts and professionals, who were involved in various EU Adult Education projects
4.Slovenian Institute for Adult Education is the main national institution for research, education, validation & promotional informative activities in the field of adult education
5.The National Lifelong Learning Institute set up for the provision and fulfillment of tasks within the area of lifelong learning and further education in Slovakia
6.The European Association for the Education of Adults is the voice of non-formal and informal adult education in Europe. EAEA is a transnational, non-profit association with 126 members in 42 countries.
The selection of partners has been based on the needs and matching of abilities identified for the successful implantation of the project and the delivery of high quality outcomes, reflected in their profiles, presented in the previous section. MOEC has endeavored to bring together partners from countries at different stages of development relevant to the project target groups and development activities.
The consortium has all the skills necessary to support the successful development, implementation and dissemination of the project and the following project activities.
1. State of the art on literature and best practices on how strategies are developed and monitored in the adult education
2. Needs assessment for collecting research data and empirical information to assess target group needs
3. Development of a practical and innovative toolkit
4. Curriculum development and training material
5. Online development for further dissemination and exploitation of DIMA toolkit and training material
6. E-learning modules and OER
7. Pilot implementations in each country with stakeholders. Case studies of implementation will be show-cased in order to convince more stakeholders to utilize project products.
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