Seminar 'the tailor-made approach': Lifelong Learning stays relevant

On June 7, Learning Shop (De Leerwinkel) West-Flanders organised a seminar for local stakeholders in the province of West-Flanders. The seminar provided a complete view of the activities of the Learning Shop, with a focus on the realisations under the GOAL project.

The seminar was a mix of plenary presentations and workshops. Jeroen Backs, head of the section Strategic Policy Support from the Ministry of Education, focused on the importance of Lifelong Learning and guidance in European perspective. To many participants his presentation was an eye-opener on the urgency for Flemish policy makers to prioritise Lifelong Learning and Adult Guidance in Flemish education policy.

Different aspects of educational guidance were explored in 5 workshops: clients, guidance and learning pathways, educational landscape, tools and recognizing talents and competences.

Both presentations and workshops brought forward 5 conclusions and recommendations:
1) Focus on Lifelong Learning stays relevant
2) Educational guidance is the key to Lifelong Learning
3) The adult learner takes the lead
4) ‘Tailor made’ doesn’t mean ‘chaos’
5) Work remains to be done!

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Kick Off Flanders 11 May 2015

The 11th of May the project in Flanders has been offcially launched. After an introduction of Koen Pelleriaux, General Director of the Department of Education and Training, Martina Ní-Cheallaigh of the European Commission (DG Employment) informed the public on the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Key Role of Guidance in Europe. A presentation by Gunter Gehre, lecturer at the Univiersity College Leuven-Limburg and at a Center for Adult Education has, demonstrated the importance of networks for stimulating adult learning.

After an extensive project presentation by the project coordinator Nadia Reynders and the strategic advisor Liesbet Vermandere, the event was closed by the Flemish minister of Education and Training. She strenghtened the importance of a reform of formal adult education in Flanders

Below you will find the presentations of the Kick-Off event.

Presentation 1: Martina Ni-Cheallaigh 'Importance of Guidance in underpinning education and training policies'

Presentation 2: Gunter Gehre (UCLL) 'Networks are stimulating adult learning' (Dutch)

Presentation 3: Nadia Reynders and Liesbet Vermandere (Department of Education and Training) 'presentation Project GOAL' (Dutch)

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Koen Pelleriaux, General Director,
Department of Education

    Hilde Crevits, Minister of Education and Training

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Liesbet Vermandere and Nadia Reynders,
Department of Education

    Reception