Adult Education links with Europe
March 16, 2015 Leave a comment
Working in an organisation that covers England and Scotland with sister organisations in other countries, it’s often apparent that discussion of adult education in England can be a bit parochial and inward looking unless we are open to learning from further afield. I’m looking forward to meeting colleagues from ABF, the Swedish WEA, in London this week. It’s always instructive to compare notes about our students’ experiences and opportunities as well as the social and policy contexts for our work.
Making connections between European countries has never been easier. EPALE, the European Platform for Adult Learning in Europe is a virtual space where all adult educators can exchange ideas, resources and views. It’s free to register on their website here. Further information about EPALE’s UK launch can be found here.
It’s important that engagement with other countries is also open to students, especially if they might not usually have opportunities to experience life in different nations or cultures.
The WEA’s Europe, Democracy and Citizenship in the 21st Century project is aimed at adults who want to learn more about Europe and the European Union and then take back what they have learnt back in to their communities. The course includes a study visit to Brussels and is designed to enable students to gain knowledge, new information and contacts as well as new skills.
The course will consider the following:
• What is Europe?
• What is the European Union and how and why has it developed as it has?
• How does the EU work and could it work better?
• How can our communities be heard and how can we influence decision making?
• How does Europe need to change for the people?
The WEA is raising money for the study visit to give opportunities for those who would not normally have them and we are grateful for EU Parliamentary support for the project.
You can find out more about the project here.