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Dear Reader,

Spring is here at last and we are looking forward to meeting you soon on the EBSN Annual Conference in Ljubljana in June. Please, do not forget to register by 15 May! 

There are some other events in the spring-summer period you might be interested in, so we have collected them together below alongside with some resources, news and blogs from the EPALE portal. Among the upcoming events we would like to call your attention to the Migrant Education Week on EPALE (see below), where the contribution of the EBSN members is highly welcome. 

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Events

Migrant Education Week on EPALE

The next big EPALE event is Migrant Education Week from 25-29 April. This is of course a hugely important topic for everyone in Europe right now. We hereby want to encourage all readers of this Newsletter to follow the announcements in EPALE and participate in the activities that will be organized. Three main strands have been identified: 

• Experiences of what works for different migrant communities in adult education

• Challenges and obstacles for migrants to access and complete adult education

• Solutions to supporting learners with a migrant background access and successfully complete adult education programmes

The organisers of the Migrant Education Week would like to feature blogs and/or interviews with EBSN members outlining their experiences and would also like to hear from those that you work with in migrant education – teachers, managers, volunteers – and of course migrants themselves. Please write an e-mail to ebsn-epale@basicskills.euif you want to contribute.

The EPALE Migrant Education Week will also support the launch of the EBSN SIG: Second Language Acquisition for Migrants. More information will be published soon.

UIL - International Workshop

Place and date of event: Hamburg, Germany, 5-6 April 2016

This Workshop, organised by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), aims to facilitate the linking of literacy efforts in libraries with national literacy plans, policies and strategies. The specific objectives of the Workshop are: a) to exchange effective and innovative practices in and current research on library efforts to improve community literacy; b) to provide a forum for discussion on how to integrate existing library activities into local, regional and national literacy efforts and advocate for the benefits of linking these efforts; c) to share practical tools (such as specific indicators, benchmarks and corresponding data needs) for measuring and implementing these efforts; d) to learn about the capacity development needs of librarians and government officials for the effective implementation of literacy efforts in libraries to support Education 2030 and SDG 4.6; and e) to collect the content, including policy recommendations, for an international policy brief, which will be a direct outcome of the workshop.

Registration deadline: 1 April 2016

Event website

COURSE: SPECIAL NEEDS AND LEARNING DISABILITIES

Place and date of event: Reggio Emilia, Italy, 11-15 April 2016

 “Special needs” and “Learning Disabilities”: two important topics in nowadays schools. Italy and its inclusive schools system is a very innovative way of working in the educational system. This intensive course gives to educational figures the possibility to learn methodologies and tools to understand the way of working with students with these kind of difficulties, in a formal and informal way, having some practical experiences together with the theoretical part.

Target group: Teachers (pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs), teacher trainers, careers officers, educational guides and counsellors, head-teachers / principals / managers of schools / organisations offering adult education, HRM professionals, social workers, educators

Registration deadline: 1 April 2016

Event website

EDULEARN16, the 8th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies

Place and date of event: Barcelona, Spain, 4-6 July 2016

This conference will be held at international level. Every year, EDULEARN brings together more than 700 delegates from 80 different countries.

EDULEARN is one of the largest international education conferences for lecturers, researchers, technologists and professionals from the educational sector. After 8 years, it has become a reference event where more than 700 experts from 80 countries will get together to present their projects and share their knowledge on teaching and learning methodologies and educational innovations. The 2016 edition of EDULEARN is sure to be among the most successful education conferences in Europe.

EDULEARN is more than a conference. It is an ideal platform for strategic international networking, the best place to present your innovations and projects about education and technology.

Registration deadline: 19 May 2016

Event website

Resources

Level 5 Award Train the Trainer Course in Malta

The Foundation for Human Resources Development in Malta is offering a Level 5 Award ‘Train the Trainer’ course. It is aimed at those who frequently need to develop training programme and deliver presentations. Throughout the course participants will be able to learn how to create their own training courses and deliver them in a successful and effective manner. The programme will equip participants with the essential skills and techniques to enable them to identify training needs, plan, design, and deliver training.

The deadline for sending the application by email is 30 June 2016.

UKCES Employer Skills Survey 2015 UK Report

The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) recently produced the Employer Skills Survey, the third biennially edition. Over 90,000 establishments across the UK reported their experiences on a wide range of issues including; skills gaps and shortages, investment in training and under-employment.

News and Articles

Call for Applications - CONFINTEA Fellowship Programme 2016

In October 2016 the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will offer six CONFINTEA Fellowships(link is external) for a period of one month to government officials and representatives of civil society organizations working in key positions within the field of adult learning and education (ALE) in UNESCO Member States.

How to increase effectiveness of the adult education strategies: the DIMA project

The recently launched DIMA project aims to create a practical and innovative toolkit for developing, implementing and monitoring adult education strategies. Through that, adult education providers and local and national authorities will be enabled to actively contribute to adult education policies at the national and European levels and thus to increase adults' participation in education and training.

Looking at the latest statistics, it appears urgent to increase adults' participation in education and training, enhance basic skills for disadvantaged groups as well as upskill or re-skill unemployed people, especially young adults. To do so, it is important to understand which kind of mechanisms are in place, to investigate how they are perceived by providers and policy-makers as well as to find efficient ways to adjust them to improve the impact and quality of policies.

Blogs

Q&A - Dr Suzanne Piscopo - “adult education supports learners to live longer and healthier lives”

Dr Suzanne Piscopo is a full-time lecturer and Head of Department for Heath, Physical Education and Consumer Studies within the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta. She has extensive knowledge on initial teacher training, food technology, health nutrition, consumer studies and home economics. In this interview she speaks to Mahira Mifsud about the role of adult education in supporting people living longer and healthier lives.

What makes adult learning policies successful?

Andrew McCoshan reviews a new report from the European Commission: “An in-depth analysis of adult learning policies and their effectiveness in Europe by ICF Consulting Services Limited.

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Uploading items to EPALE is continuous and the contribution of the EBSN Network is very valuable. That is why we are regularly asking for your input, so please continue sending us materials and information summary about each resource (also in the language of the resource), event and piece of news.

Best wishes

The EBSN-EPALE Team:

Zoltán Várkonyi, Zsolt Vincze, Katalin Damjanovich, Zoltán Szabó