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Ada schaefer sotiropoulou european commission eac b4

Contribution of the Adult Learning Action Plan and of Grundtvig Programme to the fight against poverty and exclusion

Ada Schaefer-Sotiropoulou, European Commission (EAC B4)

Conference on the fight against poverty and exclusion

Kranjska Gora 1st October 2009


Ada schaefer sotiropoulou european commission eac b4

Poverty and exclusion in Europe and the EU Policy context

  • A rich Europe with 78 million poor people

  • the Lisbon strategy, (open method of coordinating national policies).

  • high standards and commonly agreed objectives.

  • MS multi-annual national action plans.

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Poverty and exclusion in europe and the eu policy context

poverty and social exclusion a priority area in the social agenda and strategy.

2010: 26 million €, 17 million € by EU

ESF : 10 billion € in people’s skills /year

…. Poverty and exclusion in Europe and the EU Policy context


Education and training a key element to social inclusion

Education and training a key element for the growth and jobs

to be better skilled is key for equity and social inclusion

Policy cooperation at EU level provides support to countries’ educational reforms.

Strategic Framework for European Cooperation in Education and Training 2009.

Education and training a key element to social inclusion


Education and training a key element to social inclusion1

Education and training and the economic crisis,

trends and challenges :

benchmarks for 2010 will not be reached, literacy is deteriorating

The economic downturn and the urgency of reforming education and training systems

all learners should benefit from innovative learning, teaching including the disadvantaged

Implementing lifelong learning through formal, non-formal and informal learning

Education and training a key element to social inclusion


The adult learning action plan

Contributes to adress poverty paired with social exclusion:

« It is never too late to learn » in 2006 (adults'employability, mobility, acquisition of key competences, socially inclusive labour market and society)

« It is always a good time to learn » in 2007 (for MS with support from the Eu to develop efficient and equitable adult learning systems to Increase participation of adult learners:

quality for learners, the professional development of staff, the providers and delivery.

systems for recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning

quality and comparability of data on adult learning for policy-making.

The Adult Learning Action Plan


The adult learning action plan and its contribution to the fight against poverty and exclusion

adults with labour market skills, social integration and preparation for active ageing.

77 million adult Europeans with low qualifications.

The Adult Learning Action Plan: literacy, languages and digital competence for low-skilled, unemployed and immigrants

The disadvantaged :

Low literacy skills

Inadequate work skills

Insufficient skills for integration

The Adult learning Action Plan and its contribution to the fight against poverty and exclusion


Ada schaefer sotiropoulou european commission eac b4

national targets to increase skill level for disadvantaged

identification of target groups and key factors for reintegrating people into market, education and training, and in society.

pilot projects for reaching the target groups will be launched within the LLP for one level higher qualification.

monitoring of the results. MS to report on progress in raising the skill levels of target groups in the Joint Progress Report on Education and Training.

Priority area: Increase the possibilities for adults to go one step up and achieve at least one level higher qualification


Priority area validation and recognition of skills and competences

Validation and recognition of skills and competences assessing and recognizing non-formal and informal learning

Identification of good practice of recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning

Peer learning activity, exchange of good practice and cross border exchange of staff to be funded by the LLP

First report of results

Priority area: Validation and recognition of skills and competences


Grundtvig programme and its contribution to the fight against poverty and exclusion

vulnerable social groups and marginal social contexts,

adults who left school early,

Migrants who never had the possibility to go to school

an ageing population.

The annual LLP Conference 2010 will be aligned to the fight against poverty and exclusion

Grundtvig Programmeand its contribution to the fight against poverty and exclusion


Ada schaefer sotiropoulou european commission eac b4

Priorities for Grundtvig actions in the 2009 call

  • Priority for multilateral projects:

  • marginalised and disadvantaged citizens and migrants

  • Alternative learning approaches

  • Good practice on intercultural education

  • Using sport

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Priorities for grundtvig actions in the call 2009

Priority for Networks:

Validation and certification of non-formal and informal learning outcomes

Improving outcomes taking into account their specific needs

Improving validation of prior learning of the AE practitioners

How education and training frameworks can be applied to to adult learning

Mechanisms for assessing competences

Recognition of prior learning of migrants

Priorities for Grundtvig actions in the call 2009


Ada schaefer sotiropoulou european commission eac b4

Official documentation-References and site

  • Communication on Adult Learning http://eurlex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/com/2006/com2006_0614en01.pdf

  • The Action plan on Adult learning http://ec.europa.eu/education/policies/adult/com558_en.pdf

  • Grundtvig Programme

  • http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/doc80_en.htm

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