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Dear Reader,

As promised in our previous newsletter, we give you a short overview of the discussions of the EPALE Migrant Education Week. Furthermore, you can find some new blogs, resources and news here from the EPALE site. Have a good read!

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Summary of the discussions of the Migrant Education Week on EPALE

The three-day, text-based discussion focused on three different topics on three consecutive days between April 26 and 28. The topics were the following:

• 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.

You can read the complete summary of each discussion on the links below.

EPALE – Summary of the discussion on 26 April 2016 “What’s your experience of delivering migrant adult education?”

On the first day we wanted to learn more about practitioners’ experiences of delivering migrant education across Europe. Beside EPALE representatives and the moderator of the day, we had participants from thirteen countries: Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovenia and the UK.

EPALE – Summary of the discussion on 27 April 2016 “What are the obstacles for migrants to access and complete adult education programmes?”

Besides the moderator and EPALE representatives there were participants from 16 countries: Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.

The discussion indicated that migrants face a significant number of barriers in trying to access and complete adult education programmes. 

EPALE – Summary of the discussion on 28 April 2016 “What are the good practice solutions to supporting adult learning programmes for migrants?"

Day 3 of the discussion was moderated by Dr Linda Morrice. There were participants from 15 countries: Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.

On the third day we sought to identify best practice solutions and to explore some of the factors which make an effective and successful adult learning programme for migrants. Below is a summary of the good practice solutions identified, and three big challenges facing adult learning programmes for migrants.

Blogs

Identifying and Addressing Misconceptions in Fractions

Jill Brown, Director of LTA Solutions Ltd, identifies and addresses the misconceptions that adult learners experience when dealing with fractions and shares her best practices.

Resources

Manage Personal Finances Are Part of Lifelong Learning

Financial issues, according to Swedbank's Institute of Private Finances manager Odeta Bložienė, facing everyone, regardless of education, profession, office or salary. They have to be managed on a daily basis throughout life, and the financial market is one of the most rapidly changing areas, particularly in the more developing economies like Lithuania.

What does age have to do with skills proficiency?

The Survey of Adult Skills finds that adults aged 55 to 65 are less proficient in literacy and numeracy than adults aged 25 to 34. But differences in skills proficiency that are related to age vary widely across countries, implying that skills policies can affect the evolution of proficiency over a lifetime. And while older adults are generally less proficient than younger adults, they do no worse – and often better – than younger adults in terms of labour market outcomes.

News

Digital Learning Week Scotland 2016

Digital learning week Scotland 2016 will take place from 16-20 May. It’s a great way to share your stories of how you’ve been using digital to support, enhance and improve classroom practice.

The week is for everyone involved in the learning and teaching community. It’s your opportunity to share the approaches you have been taking to digital learning and to find out what others have been doing.

Throughout the week you are invited to get involved by contributing in Talking Points. Each talking point will focus on a particular level of the learner journey, from early learning and childcare through to the senior phase and beyond so everyone has the opportunity to contribute.

Get involved by following @glowscot (link is external)and #digilearnscot on twitter.

Joint meeting to discuss the upcoming New Skills Agenda

Commissioners Thyssen (Employment, Social Affairs and Skills) and Navracsics (Education and Culture) took part in a joint meeting with MEPs from the CULT and EMPL committees at the European Parliament on 18 April to prepare for the launch of the New Skills Agenda.

The week is for everyone involved in the learning and teaching community. It’s your opportunity to share the approaches you have been taking to digital learning and to find out what others have been doing.

Throughout the week you are invited to get involved by contributing in Talking Points. Each talking point will focus on a particular level of the learner journey, from early learning and childcare through to the senior phase and beyond so everyone has the opportunity to contribute.

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Best wishes

The EBSN-EPALE Team:

Zoltán Várkonyi, Zsolt Vincze, Katalin Damjanovich, Zoltán Szabó