Reaching out to refugees

Reaching out to refugees

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. On February 26th 2018 a workshop was organised for teachers of VHS Vienna who are working in the context of a big project called „integration from day one“ funded by the city of Vienna and the ESF which is addressing all refugees who are currently supported by the City’s refugee funds. In this context reaching out means reaching out to individuals in a course context rather than reaching out to people outside the course context. The workshop was a blend of reflection and a debate on the OED guidelines and the methods described therein. The participants agreed that the OED “methods” are extremely suitable for the groups of refugees as empowerment seems to be the overruling demand for these people. Especially the thematic area of what…
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Reinventing Outreach – implOED Workshops in the UK

Reinventing Outreach – implOED Workshops in the UK

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. The ImplOED webinars organised in the United Kingdom focused on outreach. The conclusions of the events organised underlined the need to put the learner in the centre of activities. The UK implOED team decided to focus mainly on ‘outreach’, since this concept has been relatively neglected in non-formal and community learning in recent years in UK policy and practice, whereas diversity has been comparatively well supported. To this end, we have led three workshops - two face to face, in very different contexts, and one by webinar to have a wider reach.  The title of the workshops was ‘Re-inventing Outreach’. This title was influenced by Veronica McGivney’s ‘Recovering Outreach’ (NIACE, 2000) as it was considered that this was a good starting point for discussion about the…
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Exchange of ideas in Italy

Exchange of ideas in Italy

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. How to meet the needs of the learners? How to engage participants in learning? The first Cluster Exchange meeting on ImplOED organized in Italy discussed these issues and more on March 26th 2018 in Modena. The meeting was organized by Solidarci in collaboration with Centro culturale Francesco Luigi Ferrari and the coop. Aretés of Modena. The meeting was attended by the CPIA of Modena, the Municipality of Modena and the Center for Employment, the professional training center MoFORM, the editorial staff of the 'Ero Straniero' newspaper, the InFormedia center, CSV Modena, Coop. Caleids, Coop. Nonsoloanziani. Through a World Café activity, the participants engaged in a discussion on how to meet the needs of the learners, how to make training proposals attractive for learners and on adult…
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Outreach and empowerment as new priorities in Estonia

Outreach and empowerment as new priorities in Estonia

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. In Estonia, reaching out to disadvantaged learners has not only been in the focus of the ImplOED project, but of the whole participating organisation, ENAEA. Working with the OED concept convinced Estonian Non-formal Adult Education Association (ENAEA) that diversity of member organisations is a strength and provides more capacity to work for the outreach and empowerment of adult learners. As its ImplOED activities, ENAEA organised a set of learning communities and meeting with local decision-makers and adult education practitioners. Learning communities on outreach ENAEA’s learning communities were set up for key learning providers, third sector organisations and other local institutions. The learning communities discussed how to reach out to adults who have less access to lifelong learning in Estonia. The participants emphasised the necessity to collaborate with…
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Exploring good practices in Greece

Exploring good practices in Greece

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. DAFNI KEK in cooperation with Cafe Gefires – the social cooperative of people with mental health disabilities – organised an open week of information and a webinar to introduce the main concepts of outreach, empowerment and diversity to people working with the Roma, refugees, migrants and people with mental health issues as well as volunteers and educators working with disadvantaged groups. The main goal of the events organised was to provide people interested in working with the concepts of reaching out to disadvantaged learners with a list of expected outcomes based on the OED project results. The OED Guidelines for adult education practitioners translated into Greek served as a tool. “We wanted to discuss how learners and workers can actually implement the good practices that set…
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Promoting inclusive policy in Italy

Promoting inclusive policy in Italy

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. Tailoring appropriate training paths for migrants and developing quality teaching methods were at the center of two seminars held in Modena and Rome this year. In Modena, the seminar organised by SOLIDARCI in June gathered people from different institutions, schools, Service Centre for Volunteering and from the sectors of social cooperation and the civil society sector to discuss the adult training paths in Modena. Special attention to migrant women From the discussion it emerged that in the province of Modena that some target groups need more attention than others: immigrants and asylum seekers constitute a very large audience of training pathways. Within this area, the needs of migrant women have peculiar training needs: personalised, de-localised forms of education, and a non-formal approach to teaching. The need…
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Webinar: Outreach in Adult Education – Role and Challenges of National Policies

Webinar: Outreach in Adult Education – Role and Challenges of National Policies

As part of its implOED project activities, EAEA is organising a webinar on outreach in adult education from the perspective of national policies. The webinar organised by the European Association for the Education of Adults, EAEA, will be held on 7th of November at 11.00 CET. The webinar will focus on the role and challenges of national policies in planning and implementing outreach strategies in adult education. The webinar is organised in cooperation with the ET2020 Working Group on adult learning. The participation is open to everyone interested. In particular, the National Coordinators for European Agenda for Adult Learning, local, regional and national policy-makers as well as adult learning stakeholders working at the meso-level are encouraged to take part. The participants of the webinar are expected to receive increased knowledge about good practices…
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Engaging migrants in adult education in Finland

Engaging migrants in adult education in Finland

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. For the successful integration of migrants to a new country it is imperative that they are provided sufficient learning and work opportunities. When it comes to migrant adults, it’s normally about continuing the learning pathway, not starting from scratch. It means that they also need the proper guidance to find and take advantage of the learning opportunities available. What else is needed for a successful learning path of a migrant?   ”To engage in learning and find work one’s own activity is necessary, at the same time, adequate guidance is needed. I, for example, have only met once the official from the employment agency during the two years I’ve lived here. Otherwise we’ve only been communicating via email or telephone,” Bassam Arslan, a migrant from Palestine…
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Adult education supporting migrants in Sweden

Adult education supporting migrants in Sweden

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. Newly arrived migrants have different needs for support and learning opportunities depending on whether they reside in rural areas or in big cities. Swedish folk high schools play a big role in providing the support in both. “Newly arrived migrants to rural areas mean a positive development for the whole community," said Lars Igeland, director of a Swedish folk high school at a conference, "Include more – about the folk high schools and an inclusive community", held in Stockholm on the 13th of September. The conference, a part of implOED events, focused on the role of Swedish non-formal education, “folkbildning”, in the inclusion of migrants. The conference was a cooperation between actors in the Swedish “folkbildning” and researchers. The conference gathered around 90 researchers, teachers, managers…
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Vienna calling for outreach

Vienna calling for outreach

IMPLEMENTING OUTREACH, EMPOWERMENT, DIVERSITY. ImplOED project and its guidelines were at the centre of the event organised by the central programme planning unit of VHS Vienna last November. The presentation was part of a conference Fairs of Ideas that aimed at presenting new ideas for educational initiatives and courses for programme managers. The presentation provided a general overview of the ImplOED project and its products and to initiate a working group to develop an outreach strategy for VHS Vienna. A total of 71 programme managers took part in the event. “The feedback to the session was very positive, participants were almost enthused. All the presentation copies of the guidelines and the policy recommendations were taken from our hands which we consider positive sign,” Thomas Fritz from VHS Vienna says. As…
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