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Enhancing basic skills in Europe
04 Korrik 2012


Coordinated by the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning (VOX), the European Basic Skills Network (ESBN) came together in its 2012 annual conference, hosted by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic from 30 May to 1 June in Prague, with the main aim of EBSN to exchange good practice and to support the European Commission's "Renewed Agenda for Adult Learning".

The participants focused on the teachers and trainers of basic skills, with a particular focus on literacy teachers for immigrants and on numeracy teachers. Examples of useful materials and tools were presented, such as the "Teacher Education Handbook" developed by the National Research and Development Centre (NRDC) in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, or the "Train the Trainers" toolkit developed by the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE), or the European project "BASKET" (Professional Development of Basic Skills Trainers).

Network members agreed that it is necessary to raise awareness of the need to enhance basic skills in Europe so an Activity and Strategic Plan will be developed for 2013, which will focus on two main activities: the production of short concise policy recommendations on selected topics ("Briefer than Brief"), and the development of a capacity-building module for policy makers and practitioners ("Academy") on the professional development of teachers and trainers in basic education. The next annual conference will be hosted by the Ministry of Education of Spain in Madrid in May/June 2013. (Source UIL)