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Vox (Norway)

Norway has taken part in two large international surveys concerning basic skills in the adult population; International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS) and Adult Literacy and Life Skill Survey (ALL).

These surveys eventually led to the conclusion that what many adults need, is a possibility to attend flexible education geared specifically towards the basic skills. As a result, the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research assigned to Vox, the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning, the responsibility to develop a Framework for Basic Skills for Adults, i.e. descriptions of levels of competence for each of the basic skills that the programme comprises, and a set of supporting tools and measures. The framework is being developed continuously, and is closely connected with The Basic Competence in Working Life Programme.

The main objective of this work is to increase the quality of teaching and ensure that individuals can get education adapted to their needs, so that every adult can attain the level of basic competence that enables him/her to meet the increased demands of today’s work and everyday life.

The framework that Vox has developed is based on competence goals and covers four types of basic skills, namely:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Digital competence
  • Oral communication

For more information about Vox and the framework for basic skills look here