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Significant Maths for Adults: Enabling access across Europe
Start date: Nov 1, 2012,

Mathematical competence has been identified as being key for personal fulfilment, active citizenship, social inclusion and employability in the knowledge society of the 21st century. However, low achievement in Maths remains a major challenge for the European Union and has significant implications in the context of the current economic crisis and particularly applies to those with low levels of formal qualifications. Providing second chance education opportunities under qualified adults is seen as a possible solution to address these problems. The project aims to improve access to formal Maths qualifications for adult learners, especially those with lower education levels, through innovative, informal blended e-learning approaches. The project will give second chance Maths education to adults who left school early and had negative experiences in formal education. By providing more adults with access to resources and materials they can extend their own learning outside of formal classroom contact time with tutors. By attaining certification in Maths these learners will have greater opportunities when it comes to re-entering the workplace and in availing of further retraining or educational experiences. The Project will also enable Adult Trainers & Education Providers to better respond to adult learners’ needs through development of informal and community based learning approaches for delivery of accredited Maths courses. By developing an online platform and by sharing good practice these tutors can also engage in lifelong learning by constantly improving their own knowledge. Ultimately the project wants to improve the quality of Maths teaching in community education centres around Europe and we believe ICT can assist in achieving this goal. The main beneficiaries of such a service are those adults who wish to return to education and improve their mathematical competences.

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