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Co-creating a learning society – from improvement to innovation in adult education – Learn about a major opportunity for this network

If you in any way is involved in training, coaching, education, development… This might be a real opportunity for you.  Read below about the application for Grundtvig grants that will be submitted on Friday this week by a consortium from the European network.  Note that if you have any ideas or views they need to be submitted no later than Thursday this week (Feb 25)

Grundtvig… what is it about?
Grundtvig is a part of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), where you will also find the well known Erasmus programme. The Grundtvig programme funds training opportunities for adult education organisations, staff and learners. Adult educators can be involved in structured courses, conferences and even job shadowing.

Anyone in non-vocational adult education can participate including adult learners, staff, volunteers and trainers from a wide variety of organisations including colleges, businesses, community groups, local authorities, museums, etc. All projects involve working with European partners and offer a great learning and personal development experience for staff and learners.
The Grundtvig programme is aimed at those working in the so-called adult education, being it formal or non-formal, to improve and innovate the quality of adult education in Europe (as part of the Lisbon strategy). Also, the programme aims at bringing the European dimension into this sort of education. Adult education is very broad formulated and in that sense covers most of the work members in the AI network is doing.

The Grundtvig multilateral
Grundtvig Multilateral Projects are large-scale European projects which aim to develop innovative materials for adult education, plus ways to spread it. Remember, adult education has been very broad defined.

The Grundtvig Multilateral Projects can run up to three years, with a maximum funding of 300.000 Euro (max 150.000 per year), based on 75% funding (though, as quite some costs are lump sum, one can manage with the 75%). The Multilateral Projects offer the opportunity to make a buffet of learning opportunities, where one can combine seminars, trainings, job shadowing, expert meetings, research, etc. It is thus a set of smaller steps under one bigger project.

Also, to multiply the results of the work, one can apply for grants to organise other activities, to be used for ‘spreading the results’ (this is strongly recommended).

The consortium
The application has to be done in a consortium of organisations across Europe. We had quite a high response when announcing the idea for applying on the network site, but due to formal criteria of the Grundtvig programme, we could
only select the following organisations for forming a consortium for the application.

These 9 organisations will be applying and in case granted, be responsible for the implementation of the project. However, it should be stressed that we will need the whole network to make this a success and that the whole network (and larger society) will benefit from our common efforts. The partnership is only for the management of the project and none of the partners aims at exclusivity.

In February we had a small meeting with some of the above partners, to work out some ideas and start working on the application. This meeting was hosted by the IEDC Bled School of Management and initiated by In Dialogue. This document is
the result of that meeting.

To advance in and spread the use of strength based change and learning approaches in Europe, by among others strengthening the European network, by focusing on change and learning on adult education (Grundtvig).


  • To develop and enrich strength-based approaches and methods
  • To empower people to take it further (knowledge, insight, capacities, and attitudes)
  • To offer opportunities for further development of adult educators within Europe on strength-based approaches
  • To enlarge the geographical scope of the application of the methods (particularly towards the South and the East of Europe)
  • To strengthen the European network

Desired results

  • Publications (books, best practices descriptions, tool box etc)
  • A large group of people have increased their knowledge, deepend their insight, developed their capacities and reflected upon their attitudes
  • Development of AI/ strength based curricula
  • 5 specific course outlines in Grundtvig In Service Training Format
  • Strength based approaches are used across Europe by a larger group of adult educators
  • Network opportunities for sharing best practices as well as challenges
  • Etc.

The project in short
The core of the project will be following the good work of the previous years of the network, as it will consist of three network meetings over the next 2 years focusing on sharing best practices, collecting evidence for strength-based approaches and learning from failures. The outcome of the network meetings will be structured into concrete outputs which will be available for all members of the network, namely a publication with diverse strength-based methods and how to apply them, an electronic and public database with cases stories, and development of course descriptions for courses tailor made to specific topics and target groups.

To disseminate and exploit the outcomes of the network meetings, IT-based possibilities for sharing and consulting will be offered as well as national trainings on the use of the manual and the database.
The work on the actual project is still in progress, so we might add some features to it.

It is all about sharing
We now share these ideas with you to keep you informed about the developments in the application procedure, and because we would like to welcome your feedback. Even though only 9 organisations are involved in the application procedure, we would still like it to be a shared process within the network. Please note in relation to feedback that the deadline for the application is the 26th of February, so we need your feedback before the 24th of February 9 am.

Please mail Yvor Broer at ybroer@in-dialogue.org or leif.josefsson@gmail.com

Look at this sketch outlining the project.
Without books

Official summar of the LifeLong Learning programme (LLP)

The European Union’s over-arching policy objective of raising economic growth,competitiveness and social inclusion (Lisbon Strategy) provides the framework for the Grundtvig programme, whose aim is to respond to the double educational challenge of, on the one hand, the large number of adults who left school early, or, in the case of many migrants, never had the possibility to receive a school education, and, on the other hand, an ageing population. Adult education helps to address these challenges by enabling both categories of individuals to improve their knowledge and competences.

Adult education is a vital component of lifelong learning. But adult participation in education and training is not only limited but is also unbalanced. Those with the lowest educational attainments are the least likely to participate in learning. Compared with the Member States’ agreed benchmark for lifelong learning participation of 12.5% of the adult working-age population by 2010, the average rate in 2007 was 9.7 %, with a wide variation among countries that ranged from 1.3% to 32 %.

In order to address this issue as well as other challenges Europe is facing such as demographic changes, rapid development in other regions of the world and poverty paired with social inclusion, the Commission published a Communication on “Adult Learning: It is never too late to learn”35 in 2006. It underlines the importance of adult learning to support adults’ employability, their mobility in the labour market, their acquisition of key competences, while also promoting a socially inclusive labour market and society.

The Communication was followed-up by an Action Plan36 in September 2007, which set out how Member States and other stakeholders with support from the European level, could develop efficient and effective adult learning systems. In May 2008 the Council adopted a set of Conclusions on Adult Learning37 which reinforce and further develop the Commission’s
strategy for action in this area.

Increasing participation in adult learning and making it more equitable is crucial. A culture of quality should be fostered, paying special attention to learners, the professional development of staff, the providers as well as delivery. Implementation of systems for recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning are essential to help motivate adults.

Finally, the quality and comparability of data on adult learning needs to be improved as a basis for future policy-making.