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Ireland: AONTAS Adult Learners' Festival 2012
13 April 2012

The Adult Learners' Festival 2012 took place in february with over three hundred and thirty free events around the country. Each day was designated with a particular theme including Celebrate Learning, Green Learning, Learning Communities, Learning for Work and Lobby for Learning.


Erasmus celebrates 25 years
13 April 2012

Erasmus celebrates its 25th anniversary this year under the slogan: "Erasmus: changing lives, opening minds for 25 years". Nearly three million students have benefited from a study period or work placement abroad since the creation of the Erasmus programme in 1987. Within the European Commission's strategy to combat the crisis and youth unemployment more than 250 000 people will benefit from the Erasmus programme in the 2011/2012 academic year. The most popular destinations for students are expected to be Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. The EU has allocated around € 3 billion for Erasmus for the period 2007-2013.

National reports on adult education and literacy – 2nd meeting of SEE experts
15 March 2012

The second regional expert meeting was organised by dvv international for Southeast Europe and took place in february in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The participants from BiH, Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Slovenia and Kosovo discussed current topics regarding the National reports within the preparation process for GRALE.


Research on launching National Stakeholders´ Forums and Platforms
16 February 2012

EUCIS-LLL launched a survey on the feasibility of setting up National Stakeholders´ Forums and Platforms as concrete tools to facilitate a dialogue between civil society organizations and policy-makers on European cooperation in education and training.


Literacy: Launch of Global LIFE Mid-term Evaluation Report 2006-2011: Looking Forward with LIFE
14 February 2012

The global mid-term evaluation report on UNESCO´s Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE, 2006-2015), produced by UIL on the basis of national and regional mid-term evaluation processes and reports, is now available online. It seeks to contribute to the effective implementation of the initiative through to 2015. The report shows mixed results with regard to progress in literacy. The majority of the 35 LIFE countries recorded an increase in adult literacy rates - by on average 3.1 percentage points compared to the global average of 1.9 percentage points over the period 1995-2004 to 2005-2009. Stakeholders involved in the evaluation process conducted in 2010 and 2011 believe that LIFE is an important framework that can boost their literacy efforts.


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