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#8 - August 2012

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Here we go, next stop: Bonn

The newsletter #8 is also available in a pdf version.


 Eur-Alpha News

 Eur-Alpha Partners’ meeting in Brussels

Last June, the Eur-Alpha networks’ partners met for the fifth time. About forty participants gathered to organize the final event of the Eur-Alpha project that will take place in Bonn (Germany) on the 4th September.

The Tutors Scientific Committee, the Consortium and the Learners Scientific Committee worked separately but also in plenary to decide the format of the publications, finalize its content and talk about other important matters related to the Bonn conference and the future of the network.

The learners had a great diversity of tasks and the most multilingual ones. With the help of a community theatre professional, they prepared a play to bring their Manifesto to life. Their work, done in five languages, required a bilingual facilitator, French-English interpreters and support persons for Spanish, Dutch and German.

The idea of the Manifesto (Catalan term) was born during the first learners workshop in April 2010. Twenty months later, the final version was approved in Lisbon. The Manifesto is a protest document in which learners stress the right to education for all and explain what should be improved so that their voice can be heard and respected. Furthermore, the learners recorded some video-testimonies to show how literacy changed their lives and what the Eur-Alpha network brought to them.

Without any doubt, there were three hard-working days but we didn’t miss out on laughters and good times. After a lively dinner in the city centre to end the meeting, the partners said goodbye, knowing that they will see each other very shortly.

 News from the partners

 An entrance to the list of the qualifying magazines – AEFTI

AEFTI’s scientific journal, Savoirs et Formation – Recherches Pratiques, which aim is to build a bridge between fieldworkers and scientific research, has entered the list of the qualifying magazines of the AERES (scientific research and higher education evaluation agency) last July. With this promotion, the magazine reaches a national recognition in the field of educational sciences.

For more information :

 FACEPA moved to a new facility

Last 10th July, FACEPA moved to a new office in Barcelona. Learners, friends and the associations that share the facilities with FACEPA came to the inauguration party.

Another opening event is planned at the beginning of the school year to meet the other associations of the Bon Pastor neighbourhood where FACEPA is located from now on. That will be the opportunity to establish new partnerships and benefit from each other experiences.

To know more about it.

 As for Europe

 World Forum for Lifelong Learning

The World Committee for Lifelong Learning organises its 3rd World Forum in Marrakesh on the 31st October, the 1st and 2nd November 2012. The forum, entitled “Learn throughout life, why and how?”, is organized in partnership with UIL, ICAE and the Moroccan authorities. Innovative workshops and prestigious guests will probably turn this forum into a key moment of the year 2012.

To have a look at the program:

 Improve awareness-raising in adult education – EAEA

The EAEA project, Awareness Raising for Adult Learning and Education (ARALE), has just be given the green light to start in 2013. It will be financed by the Accompanying Measure of the Grundtvig programme.

Due to its fragmented nature, non-formal adult education lacks the financial support and recognition that other sectors enjoy. By supporting awareness -raising in adult education, EAEA and the project partners surely hope to improve the situation.

Different issues will be addressed such as: How can we reach out to mainstream media so that adult education becomes more of an issue? What have been successful arguments and strategies to draw more adults to learning? What have been successful arguments towards policy-makers so that they have started / continued to support adult education?

The milestone of the project will be the conference in September 2013. Collected practices will be presented and will serve as a basis for discussions. A possible follow-up will be the organisation of a Grundtvig In-Service Training on awareness raising.

More information soon on EAEA website.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.

This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Education and Culture DG