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Europäische Impulse für die Grundbildung in Niedersachsen (EuGiN)
Start date: 01 Aug 2016, End date: 31 Jul 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The mobility project EuGiN (European Impulses for Basic Skills Education in Lower Saxony) aims at the europeanisation and quality improvement of basic skills education in Lower Saxony. A total of 47 staff members will participate in 17 job shadowings and one structured staff training in twelve EU member states to widen their competencies in the fields of public relations and networking as well as to learn from European experts how to better reach their target audiences and implement innovative methods of teaching. This will make adult education providers in Lower Saxony more innovative and competitive, which ultimately benefits the estimated 750,000 people with basic skills deficits in Lower Saxony. The project is co-ordinated by Niedersächsischer Bund für freie Erwachsenenbildung e.V. (nbeb), a public umbrella organisation of adult education providers in Lower Saxony, aggregating 89 member institutions in Lower Saxony: member institutions are the main providers of basic skills education in the region. NBEB is also the supervising body of Agentur für Erwachsenen und Weiterbildung (AEWB). This Agency has a government mandate to act as the main representative of adult education in Lower Saxony, including sovereign functions. In recent years nbeb and AEWB have promoted the professionalisation of basic skills education in Lower Saxony through staff training, events and projects, such as the "Regional Centres for Basic Skills Education" funded by the Ministry for Culture and Science. EuGiN is the next logical step in this development as it connects staff and institutions across European borders. The concrete needs as well as European partners, who can meet these, were identified through a survey of demands prior to drafting this proposal. This survery will facilitate the practical implementation of the project - from selecting participants to validating project results. For preparation, evaluation and dissemination of project results nbeb and AEWB can resort to existing structures and instruments, such as well-established work groups and particularly the staff training programme that reaches more than 3300 people per year. Due to AEWB`s unique institutional profile a close exchange with the political and academic sphere can also be guaranteed. Further stakeholders will be reached through two conferences that are scheduled for 2016 and 2017 respectively. EuGiN will thus not only have an impact on the individuals and institutions involved but also on the general quality and scope of basic skills education in Lower Saxony.
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