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Looking for a Grundtvig Assistant

Lire et Ecrire Belgium is looking for a Grundtvig Assistant

Friday 4 March 2011

The Grundtvig assistantship is a program that offers the opportunity to a (future) adult trainer to reinforce his/her practice in another European country.

Any adult education organisation can host a Grundtvig assistant for 3 to 10 months. A European grant given to the assistant covers the living expenses and the travel costs. If you consider hosting a Grundtvig Assistant or becoming one, you will find more information on

Lire et Ecrire is looking for an assistant to work in its offices in Brussels from August 2011. Download the detailed assistantship offer.

Presentation of Lire et Ecrire

Lire et Ecrire provides literacy services to French and non-French speaking adults and young adults with limited basic skills and limited proficiency in French.

Lire et Ecrire has a large scope of actions:

  • Raising awareness among the mass audience and the public authorities about adult illiteracy and the need to fight its causes.
  • Promoting learners’ voicing of opinion and participation
  • Supporting tutor’s training
  • Conducting joint studies, surveys and research on literacy and disseminate the results
  • Promoting the sharing of knowledge and partnership on an international level...

Lire et Ecrire consists of 3 coordinating structures and 14 regional or local entities.

Lire et Ecrire – French speaking community is one of the 3 coordinating structures and takes charge of the management, coordination and organisation of projects at the French community level (Wallonia and Brussels). On the field, local and regional bodies promote and develop literacy and numeracy training close to the public.

Lire et Ecrire – French speaking community is currently managing and coordinating the European network for literacy and numeracy Eur-Alpha (Grundtvig).

Motivations to host a Grundtvig Assistant

  • Lire et Ecrire – French speaking community finds important to build a European knowledge society and already do so through different European project. Such a society can’t be achieved without people to bring it to life. That’s why meeting each other and share experience is an important part of Eur-Alpha. For Lire et Ecrire – French speaking community, the welcoming of a Grundtvig Assistant runs along the same lines. It will confront us with another culture, help us publicize the work of our network and –eventually- build ties with actors of literacy and numeracy sector in another country.
  • The management of Eur-Alpha takes a lot of time and energy. An Assistant would be very useful to help the network function smoothly.
  • On a human level, it will lead the Assistant to discover our culture, our language (French) and our country.

Description of the assistantship offer


  • We are looking for an assistant who speaks English fluently and who has – at least – a basic knowledge of French and a strong motivation to improve it. Any other language is an asset.
  • Experience in literacy is not compulsory but a great interest in adult education is asked.


  • Help to run Eur-Alpha: exchanging emails with partners, translating documents to French and English, writing articles for the newsletter, helping the team to organise workshop and some administrative tasks.
  • Active participation to training sessions (for tutors in literacy) and awareness campaign.
  • Participation in international workshops organised by Eur-Alpha (for trainers and learners).
  • Observation of literacy and basic skills courses, possibility of assisting the teacher.
  • Participation in working groups meetings inside Lire et Ecrire
  • Opportunity to teach his/her culture and mother tongue during the international workshops

The possible tasks can really differ according to the specific competencies of the Assistant, his/her interests and motivation. However, the help to run Eur-Alpha will always be needed.

We offer

  • A great opportunity to learn about adult education
  • A friendly work environment in Brussels, a human-size city
  • An opportunity to work in an association with three specificities
    • We work under the Ministry of Culture (French speaking community)
    • All of our actions are aimed towards an active participation and the self-determination of learners.
    • We have almost 30 years of experience in literacy training


Catherine Stercq, Director

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Assistanship Offer in Lire et Ecrire Belgium

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