Municipalities Support Adult Education

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Municipalities Supporting Adult Education

European Agenda for Adult Learning highlights the need to significantly increase adult participation in formal, non-formal and informal learning whether to acquire work skills, for active citizenship, or for personal development and fulfilment. The Agenda outlines a vision of how adult learning should develop in Europe by 2020 and sets the following specific priorities for the years 2015 – 2020, including effective outreach, guidance and motivation strategies to reach and assist adult learners. One of the most pressing challenges for Latvia is strengthening its competitiveness to increase prosperity by reducing the productivity gap with other developed economies, while addressing the impact of the economy on climate (environmental) change, ensuring equal education possibilities in all regions of Latvia. One of the main lines of action is investing in growth of human capital in all levels and increasing business efficiency. Information Report on the Proposal for the National Development Plan 2021-2027 objectives, priorities and lines of action, stress the “Changing Paradigm and habits – the Way to Development”, which means that many obstacles to development, including our attitudes, habits and thinking need to be changed – both in terms of environment, work, education and collaboration with peers. We want to increase the number of inhabitants who learns and make informed decissions conected to economic, financial and environmental questions. We want to activate local governments to invest in education and awareness of our people, focusing on the educational needs on different target groups – the socially vulnerable and socially and economically active persons and to capacity building for SMEs, to show the upcoming needs of digital-literacy expressed by enterprises, public bodies and, more in general, by the local labour market. We will achieve this goal by giving possibility to learn and exchange good practices, tools and methods of local authorities in different countries to support adult education and raise knowledge and awareness of their citizens, entrepreneurs and employees. Learning, discussions and exchange of experience will be organized for staff and adult educators of partner organizations, which will get selfconficdence and knowledge to lobby AE in local municipalities. In multiplyer events and in electronic way to local municipalities and to other interested stakeholders the project results will be disseminated. Project partners are convinced that the transnational cooperation
between them will enhance activities of municipalities, develop an innovative approaches, build new networks, improve methods of work, transfer good practices and a new perspectives and increase the number of inhabitants who learns and make informed decisions.

Target groups are staff of local governments, Adult Education Associations and adult education providers. Objectives are:
1.Familiarize participants with tools, techniques and approaches of good practice examples of municipalities support to adult education;

2. Increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the role of non formal education, about effective approaches to adult education development and different possibilities of local municipalities to support adult education;
3. Facilitate the sharing of diverse experiences of partner Countries involved in adult education;
4. Improve the cultural intelligence of participants;
5. Improve the confidence of adult educators to lobby support to adult education;
6. Promote cooperation and partnership among local municipalities and adult educators from different European Countries to further embed the European Dimension.

Tasks and Responsibilities

All partners will participate in all activities and will make researches on educational needs and possibilities and supporting methods resulting nation reports. However, there will be a responsible partner for all tasks in order to ensure active and balanced distribution of the tasks.
The partnership (even if each organization has gained experience in EU funded projects) will involve in project work organisations/persons that have never previously been involved in a similar project. This aspect represents an opportunity for establishing future transnational cooperation and for reinforcing European networks. Tasks and responsibilities among the partners will be distributed as follows:
LAEA will coordinate the whole project, prepare agendas and all the meetings together with each host partners, will be responsible for communication and deadlines. LAEA has significant experience in managing and coordinating educational projects at national and European level and its staff has long history in organizing informational and educational events.
The association has qualified professionals researching and practicing adult training and development of adult education in different areas. Prometeo will be responsible for creating project webpage and it will organize the transnational training event and transnational project meeting and multiplayer event for local and regional stakeholders with involvement of many learners.
The Estonian partner will will organize the transnational training event and transnational project meeting and multiplayer event, will be responsible for the coordinating development of experiences of local municipality`supporting methods from partners to include in Handbook.
Having big experience in networking and promoting adult education, it is competent in this activity and is aware of the needs of adult learners. The Lithuanian partner has an additional capacity to reach over 2000 people in the country, have experience in EU joint projects and in dissemination of information. They will be responsible for dissemination strategy, coordination of development of leaflet and newsletter, will organize transnational project meeting and multiplayer event. And in a wider way :
• the applicant LAEA will led all implementation and coordination activities distributing tasks and monitoring project’s achievements;
• Prometeo, as part of Italian and European networks of Training Organisations, will led the dissemination general activity in European level;
• Andras will implement activities related to effective exchange of methods, ideas, experiences and design the training programs.

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