07 septembre 2013

Conga line protest outside Melbourne’s Centre for Adult Education

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_e7e2a056b6c5e8722188bac5fbb3550f_w80_.jpgBy Carmel Shute. Staff at Melbourne’s Centre for Adult Education (CAE) aim to stop traffic in Flinders Lane for 30 minutes from 3pm today (Thursday), over management’s threat to remove the right of staff to have the Fair Work Commission (FWC) arbitrate over disputes and grievances.
Staff will form a conga line going back and forth on the pedestrian crossing near the City Library.  NTEU National Industrial Coordinator, Linda Gale, said that management were still pressing for cuts to conditions as part of collective bargaining negotiations which have dragged on for more than two years. More...

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01 septembre 2013

Greece : Continuing vocational education and training (CVET) for adults

The primary aim of CVET in Greece is the development and improvement of the qualifications and skills of unemployed and working people and the creation of new jobs. The definition of CVET and adult education and their forms and functions are provided mainly by recent laws that have introduced important policy developments.
The most important aim of lifelong education is to constitute a dynamic policy factor for social integration. Accordingly, a series of programmes focusing on socially vulnerable and disadvantaged groups are being implemented and promoted.
Despite the policy statements and the actions that have been taken, Greece, along is among the European Union member countries that rank lowest in the field of citizen participation in Lifelong Learning training and education programs at the age group of 24-64. Greece’s participation percentage is only 3.6%, when at the same time the average European participation is 10.8%.
OAED is the major body responsible for implementing continuing vocational training programmes in order to cover the needs of the unemployed who require specialisation in order to find work. The main focus of OAED is to develop and/or expand upon existing continuing vocational training courses with a view to making a more effective intervention in the labour market and covering the needs of the largest possible number of interested persons in training services.
The Account for Employment and Vocational Training (Logariasmos gia tin Apascholisi kai Epangelmatiki Katartisi, LAEK) is a major mechanism of CVET at the initiative of enterprises in Greece. This account has decisively contributed to the reinforcement of vocational training and employment policies. The financial resources of LAEK come from the joint contributions of both employers and employees, which amount to 0.45% of the total salary of each employee and are collected by the Social Security Institute (Idryma Koinonikon Asfaliseon, IKA).
Διαφήμιση Ο Λογαριασμός για την Απασχόληση και την Επαγγελματική Κατάρτιση (Logariasmos GIA κασσίτερος Apascholisi kai Epangelmatikis Κατάρτισης, ΛΑΕΚ) είναι ένα σημαντικό μηχανισμό Cveta με πρωτοβουλία των επιχειρήσεων στην Ελλάδα. Ο λογαριασμός αυτός έχει συμβάλει αποφασιστικά στην ενίσχυση της επαγγελματικής κατάρτισης και των πολιτικών απασχόλησης. Οι χρηματοδοτικοί πόροι του ΛΑΕΚ προέρχονται από την κοινή συνεισφορά των εργοδοτών και των εργαζομένων, οι οποίες ανέρχονται σε 0,45% του συνολικού μισθού κάθε εργαζόμενου και συλλέγονται από το Ινστιτούτο Κοινωνικής Ασφάλισης (Idryma Koinonikon Asfaliseon, ΙΚΑ).

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31 août 2013

First ever industrial action at Melbourne’s Centre for Adult Education

http://www.nteu.org.au//var/files/thumbs/a780532dd116f8da145bac8c4c7961bc_306d7ca50bcda2668357d511c8c7e5de_w80_.jpgStaff at Melbourne’s Centre for Adult Education (CAE) are taking on-going industrial action from today (Thursday 29 August), for the first time since the centre’s establishment in 1947.
From today, members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) will be striking for at least one minute a day and up to one hour a day over stalled collective bargaining negotiations.
NTEU Victorian Division Secretary Dr Colin Long, said CAE staff have not received an across-the-board pay rise since 4 May 2010.
“We started negotiating for a new collective agreement in February 2011, with an in-principle agreement struck in December 2011. However, last year the Victorian Government refused to approve it. The union struck an in-principle agreement again in December 2012 but then six months later the CAE reneged on that agreement. Not only did it renege but it put 36 new changes on the table, mostly cuts to current entitlements,” Dr Long said.
“The CAE is attempting to reduce union representation, cut personal leave and remove paid long service leave for casual and sessional staff. It also wants to introduce unspecified changes to the entitlements of employees facing redundancy, reduce consultation rights and remove the compulsory monitoring of employee workloads. Read more...

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7th ESREA Triennial Research Conference: Changing Configurations of Adult Education in Transitional Times

http://www.guninetwork.org/utils_images/guni-1/image_previewThis event is organized by the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA), a scientific society to provide a European-wide forum for all researchers engaged in education of adults and adult learning.
The conference wants to promote discussions about the developments of adult education on national and European levels: new goals, new actors, new institutions and new forms of teaching and learning.
Contributions for this issue can be made in the form of research papers no longer than 500 words. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 15 January 2013.
More information about this event…

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A new publication on adult and continuing education by the European Commission

http://www.eaea.org/kuvat/EAEA-logo-2010.gifAdult and continuing education has the dual function of contributing to employability and economic growth, on the one hand, and responding to broader societal challenges, in particular promoting social cohesion, on the other.
Companies and families support important investments that have, to date, ensured important growth in both skills and the ability of the European population to innovate. Thanks to this commitment, Europe today has a wealth of organisations specialising in adult and continuing education. The sector has grown in importance, both as a increasingly significant player in the economy and in view of its capacity to respond to the demand for learning by the knowledge economy.
As the book Adult and continuing education in Europe: Using public policy to secure a growth in skills shows, adult and continuing education has a critical role to play in ensuring Europe copes with the phenomenon of education exclusion, which, repeated year after year, generation after generation, undermines social cohesion and the growth of employment. Public policies must respond to two strategic challenges: to encourage the propensity to invest in adult and continuing education and to guarantee the reduction of educational exclusion.
Download a free PDF copy of the book on the Commission's website.
Text via European Commission

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26 août 2013

ARALE - Awareness Raising for Adult Learning and Education

http://www.eaea.org/uploadkuvat/9_Arale.jpgThis project is funded with the support of the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
About the project
The ARALE Project aims to collect awareness raising and advocacy campaigns for adult education in Europe directed at the general public, at specific target groups and at policy-makers.
How to raise awareness on adult education? Best practice collection
One of the main objective of the ARALE project is to get better information and knowledge about awareness raising campaigns and better know-how on how to organise, structure and execute campaigns from a civil society perspective.
ARALE conference
The ARALE Conference will present the results of the project and some best practise examples of awareness raising activities for adult education that were organised in Europe towards the general public, specific target groups and policy-makers. Workshops will allow the participants to discuss specific issues in smaller groups. The agenda is currently being drafted.
Resources
In this section you will find the ARALE material and the useful links and publications related to the project's topic.

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15 août 2013

UIL publishes the Second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education

http://uil.unesco.org/typo3temp/pics/573e65984d.gifThe UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is pleased to announce the publication of its Second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education - Rethinking Literacy. The first GRALE was published in December 2009 to coincide with the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI). The outcome document of that conference, the Belém Framework for Action, which was adopted by 144 UNESCO Member States, stipulated that UIL should conduct "a monitoring process at the global level to take stock and report periodically on progress in adult learning and education". This report is the result of that monitoring process for the period 2010–2012. The print publication will be available in English, French and Spanish, and will be launched in all five UNESCO regions, starting with Asia and the Pacific (Jakarta) on 20–22 August 2013.
Drawing on data received from 141 countries, most in the form of a quantitative reporting template, the Report reviews progress in implementing the Belém Framework for Action. It focuses on the five key themes identified in Belém – policy, governance, financing, participation and quality – and examines in particular detail the transversal theme of adult literacy. It reveals that, while many of the same challenges remain, several of the core messages of the Belém Framework have found their way into national policy debates and reform processes.
Perhaps the most important message that emerges from this report is that lifelong and life-wide learning offers the most promising perspective to address the challenge of adult literacy.
Second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education - Rethinking Literacy (PDF).

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"Awareness Raising for Adult Learning and Education" - ARALE Conference

http://www.eaea.org/kuvat/EAEA-logo-2010.gifEAEA is delighted to invite you to the ARALE Conference that will take place on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2013 in the conference center Science14 in Brussels.

  • What? EAEA´s ARALE Conference
  • When? 2nd of October at 9.30 am - till 3rd of October at 5pm
  • Where? Science14, Rue de la Science, 14b, 1000 Brussels. Map to the Venue.

The ARALE Project

EAEA´s project ARALE for "Awareness Raising for Adult Learning and Education" aims to collect awareness raising and advocacy activities for adult education in Europe. Those activities might be directed at the general public, at specific target groups and at policy-makers. The project´s objective is to get better information and knowledge about awareness raising activities and better know-how on how to organise, structure and execute awareness raising activities from a civil society perspective.
The ARALE Conference
The ARALE Conference will present the results of the project and some best practise examples of awareness raising activities for adult education that were organised in Europe towards the general public, specific target groups and policy-makers. Workshops will allow the participants to discuss specific issues in smaller groups. The agenda is currently being drafted.
Registration to the conference
To take part in the ARALE Conference, please register by clicking the button below.

Eventbrite - ARALE Conference
The registration will be open until Friday 13th of September, but please register as early as possible.
Travel and accommodation
Please arrange yourself your travels and hotel booking as soon as possible. EAEA will cover the costs of one night per participant. EAEA will not cover the travel costs and will not cover a second night. We have negotiated good prices in two centrally located hotels in Brussels. If you wish to stay in a hotel and book one of these, please contact us at tania.berman@eaea.org.

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06 juillet 2013

Erasmus+ increases the funds for adult learning

http://www.eaea.org/kuvat/EAEA-logo-2010.gifBy Aura Vuorenrinne. The member states of the European Union, European Commission and European Parliament have finally reached the agreement on the new programme for education, youth and sport. For adult educators Erasmus+ does not seem that bad after all.
Erasmus+, previously known as Erasmus for All or YES Europe combines the Lifelong Learning Programme, international cooperation programmes (e.g. Erasmus Mundus) and Youth in Action. Additionally, Erasmus+ includes sports.
Adult educators can now let out a sigh of relief.
- There have been significant improvements to the original plan of the Commission and I think adult education community can be very happy about that, says Gina Ebner, the Secretary-General of the EAEA. Read more...

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29 juin 2013

Formation des adultes - HEC aussi fort que 80 universités

http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/themes/header/images/logo-nobs.pngPar Patrick Fauconnier. La formation des adultes représente un marché de 20 milliards d'euros. L'université ne capte que 1% de ce marché qui fait le bonheur des grandes écoles et du privé. La formation professionnelle est au menu de la Conférence sociale que vient d’inaugurer François Hollande. Il est question que le gouvernement  engage une Nième réforme dans ce secteur. C’est une bonne occasion d’examiner ce que font les universités en matière d’éducation tout au long de la vie. Et le constat est vite fait: les universités ont "oublié" de s’intéresser à la formation des adultes. Cette activité fait pourtant partie de leurs obligations légales (article L 123 -3 du code de l’éducation: les universités sont en charge de "la formation initiale et continue")...
Un marché de 20 milliards

Pour fixer rapidement les idées, la formation continue des adultes est régulée en France par une loi qui oblige les employeurs à verser une taxe qui, augmentée des versements des régions, de l’Etat et des particuliers, abonde un magot annuel de 32 milliards. On n’en parle jamais mais c’est colossal: c’est plus que le budget de la Défense ou de l’Enseignement supérieur. Sur ce montant, si on retire les rémunérations des stagiaires, il reste 20 milliards censés être investis en stages. Ces stages sont-ils bien conçus et organisés? On peut en douter, vu le taux record de chômage du pays depuis des décennies. Mais c’est une autre question. Le fait est que 20 milliards sont annuellement dépensés en stages pour adultes. Sur ce marché, en 2010, nos 80 universités réunies ont facturé 243 millions d’euros de prestations. Donc elles n’ont profité que d’environ 1% de ce marché alors qu’elles ont un besoin criant d’argent.  Et sur ces 243 millions, 63 seulement provenaient de la formation de salariés d’entreprises. Le reste provenant d’actions spécifiques commandées par des régions, Pôle Emploi, ou des contrats de professionnalisation. On remarque donc qu’une école comme HEC, qui a "vendu" l’an passé pour 50 millions d’euros de stages pour adultes a - à elle seule - facturé presque autant de stages que nos 76 universités réunies. HEC finance ainsi 50% de son budget. D’après notre confrère "Le Figaro", ces stages ont également rapporté 22 millions à l’Essec et 12 millions à chacune des écoles de management de Lyon et de Grenoble. Par comparaison, une très grande université comme Paris-Sud Orsay, première française au classement de Shanghaï, forte de ses 2.461 enseignants chercheurs, n’a facturé que 8,5 millions d’euros en formation continue, soit pas mieux que l’Ecole Centrale qui a dix fois moins d’enseignants. Voir l'article entier...
http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/themes/header/images/logo-nobs.png De réir Patrick Falconer ionann oideachais. Fásta margadh de 20 billiún euro. Faigheann an ollscoil ach 1% den mhargadh chun an delight de na scoileanna móra agus príobháideacha. Níos...

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