“Strategies that work: governance, financing and implementation in the provision of basic skills for adults” This week EBSN presents its latest newsletter featuring a collection of links and news corresponding to the EBSN Annual Collaborative Workshop 2015 held in The Hague, on June 3-5. 

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Does your left hand know what your right hand is doing? - interview with David Mallows (video)

A lack of policy coherence presents a particular challenge for adult basic skills. As the Movement for Canadian Literacy concluded: …the lack of consistent and adequate funding, vision, strategy, and coordination has meant that literacy [and other basic skills] needs have tended to ‘fall through the cracks’. Without a coherent system of policy the issue of adult basic skills is less likely to be addressed, or even noticed at all.

We have asked David Mallows, the Director of research of NRDC, UK,  about this very relevant and actual topic. Click here for the interview

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Looking back to the EBSN Collaborative Workshop

We have received many positive feedbacks on this year's EBSN collaborative workshop celebrated two weeks ago in The Hague. Many participants expressed that it was a very good occasion to meet, discuss and share experiences with the colleagues from different countries. However it is our aim to continuously improve and tailor the workshop as much as possible. We would therefore like to collect your opinion concerning the possible renewing of the structure and the length of our annual event. If you attended the event, please spend 2 minutes on sending us your impressions about the recent workshop. Even if you didn’t attend, it would be good if you could send us your suggestion concerning the structure and length of the next one. Please fill the questionnaire available on the link below which is fully anonymous!

Please open the evaluation form here.

This year we have introduced a new and apparently very successful approach (called Carrousel) in presenting best practices on the EBSN Workshop. Several participants expressed that it was a very good and efficient approach as they could get a good insight in diverse interesting initiatives in relatively short time. The following initiatives were presented:

• ELINET Country Report Framework - David Mallows, National Research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy

• The Austrian Initiative for Adult Education - Mag. Maria Groß, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Education and Women’s Affairs

• Literacy Screener - Naomi Coenraad, Stichting Lezen & Schrijven

• Basic skills training as preparation for formal vocational training and certification in companies  - Jan Evensen, Folkeuniversitetet Sør-Øst

• Straighten basic skills - Dieter Zisenis, bbb Büro für berufliche Bildungsplanung

• Action research to improve youth and adult literacy: Empowering learners in a multilingual world - Ulrike Hanemann, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

• Swiss Model to promote basic skills in the workplace - Bernhard Grämiger, Swiss Federation of Adult Learning

• Literacy for all - European Library network - Lianne Knobel, Breda Library

The presentations of both the plenary session and the 'Poster presentation' session as well as the photos are available here.

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EBSN supports the OERup! project

According to the Executive Committee's decision EBSN will cooperate and support the OERup! project initiated to promote and foster the successful implementation of Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices. In the frame of the project two EBSN members and their European partners develop a training concept for teachers and staff in adult education institutions.

Read more about the OERup! project.

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