Dear Readers,

In this newsletter we share some important EBSN related news and events with you.



Please remember that the registration for the EBSN Annual Conference, 2017 is open until 15 May 2017!

The main yearly EBSN event will be organised in Luxembourg, between 31 May and 2 June, in cooperation with the Department of Adult Education of the Ministry of Education, Children and Youth as part of the national program for the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Luxembourg. The theme of the conference is “Basic Skills for Integration”.

Hereby we kindly invite you to register for the EBSN Annual and ConferenceGeneral Assembly. 
Please click on the image below to visit the conference page with more detailed information and the registration form.

When you plan your journey please be aware that the event will start with the General Assembly on Wednesday (31 May) from 14.00 and the Conference itself will start on the 1 June.

If you have any question please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Looking forward to meeting you in Luxembourg!


CALL FOR PROPOSAL - Opportunity for EBSN members
Information webinar 16 May 2017

The EUROPEAN COMMISSION DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion has published

a call for proposals with the aim of helping Member States to prepare the implementation

of the Recommendation “Upskilling Pathways: new opportunities for adults”.

Successful applicants will receive funding for activities that prepare the ground for the implementation of "Upskilling Pathways" (e.g. by taking stock of existing provision and identifying any gaps, by identifying priority groups etc) and to foster sustainable arrangements for its implementation (e.g. by supporting stakeholders to disseminate information, by capacity building etc).

Applicants must be public entities in charge of national or regional policies and actions for upskilling adults; co-applicants can be public or private entities (profit-making or non-profit making) involved in the organisation, financing or provision of services such as skills assessment, validation, education and training and guidance targeted to adults.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 30 June 2017. Funded actions should start in late 2017 or early 2018.

Full information about the call (reference VP/2017/011) can be found here.
Information requests and questions can be sent to

An information session in the format of a webinar will take place on 16th May from 14:00 to 16:00 (Brussels time). More details will follow soon on the call webpage and you can already send an email to if you wish to sign up for this webinar.

EBSN members wishing to coordinate and/or be partners please contact Graciela Sbertoli !


WEBINAR: The unreachables in adult education
How to reach the ‘unreachable’ vulnerable adults with adult education?

By Prof. Dr. Maurice de Greef (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

9 May 2017 9.30-10.30 CET. This webinar is part of the LEK-project, where NVL is a partner.

According to Eurostat (2012)[1] circa 24{45dd1fd917f9c5256ddd62f2bb60264c9fd035a788f5039a41e25e9de2257d18} of the European population risks poverty or social exclusion. Besides this UNICEF (2008)[2] concludes that 22{45dd1fd917f9c5256ddd62f2bb60264c9fd035a788f5039a41e25e9de2257d18} of the population of the industrialized countries is illiterate. Both figures show the need of upgrading the status and increasing the livability of an enormous group of inhabitants. Our group of “vulnerable adults” still increases every day. Therefore investment in this group, for example in upgrading their skills is needed. Especially in times of economic crisis we should be aware of clever interventions for inhabitants risking social exclusion or unemployment. For example low skilled and illiterate learners are vulnerable groups in these times, due to their lack of possibilities in showing their competencies. Therefore adult education is needed in order to upgrade their skills and to increase their possibilities for social inclusion and reintegration into the labor market.

But the major issue is that it is still hard to reach these potential learners. Although it seems the case that a lot of inhabitants face serious problems and will benefit adult learning we still don’t have clever solutions to reach them in an easy way. New studies show what most successful ways in reaching vulnerable adults are. Join our webinar to find out what the newest possibilities are in order to reach the vulnerable adults for adult learning? Take the opportunity to improve your daily work and to become successful in reaching the unreachable vulnerable adults for joining adult education.

Register here


New EBSN-EPALE online event as a thematic introduction to the EBSN
Annual Conference will be organised on 18-19 May 2017

The focus of the event is Basic skills for integration and discussions will continue

during the EBSN Annual Conference two weeks later.

The online discussion on EPALE starts at 14:00 on Thursday and will be open until 16:00 on Friday.

More information will be available soon.


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