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LIFE, ALL IN: Connecting formal and informal learning to enhance social inclusion
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Dec 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

With more than 25% of EU citizens being affected by social exclusion, contributing to overcoming social marginalization is becoming increasingly important. Even though education and learning cannot guarantee (social) success, they are increasingly necessary aspects when aiming at that success (Istance, 1997; De Greef et al, 2010; Lupi et al., 2011). In particular, adult education is one of the best ways to prevent social exclusion (De Greef 2009) as it ensures that people remain involved in society and with others. The project Life all in focuses on the synergy between informal and formal learning in L2 programmes, with informal learning seen as a lever for optimizing formal learning activities (cognitive, social and motivational) and in turn to enhance social inclusion of participants. The overall objective of the project is to contribute to social inclusion and integration of participants in L2 adult education by developing the synergy between formal and informal learning. The specific objectives of the project are: 1. Defining to which extent AE providers implement conditions for formal and NFIL (non formal and informal) of L2 for social inclusion; 2. Providing recommendations and tool kits for institutions and policy makers for bridging formal and NFIL L2; 3. Providing a good practice example and fostering networking & exchange of practices between AE institutions within the L2 training programmes for enhancing social inclusion. The main target group consists of adult education decision makers on local, regional and national level (depending on the country) who are active in the field of connecting formal and informal learning, decision makers, learners, trainers, and trainees as final beneficiaries. The following activities are planned to be realized: • Analysis guideline • Peer evaluation • Report on overall analysis of the collected data • Tool kit development • Piloting tool kit • Feedback analysis • Revision of tool kit • Tool kit validation • Project website development with community of practice and visibility actions The expected results are: a) project team operational - Project Management Guidelines will be prepared and will consist written responsibilities of the management team, description of the supporting tools and methodologies for communication and quality and partnership agreements b) created report based on peer evaluation and output of previous research projects c) validated toolkit (that can be replicated in other teaching courses but L2) d) created community of practice through discussion platform e) web portal f) disseminated project outputs.
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