LLL Platform’s Lifelong Learning week (LLL Week) took place in Brussels from 20-24 November. In this framework, the Platform has renewed its partnership with the European Youth Forum and for the first time, the week coincided with the European Commission’s VET Week.
The week was full of events, workshops, discussions and meetings that brought together learners and educators, field workers and policy-makers, thinkers and political representatives and aimed to promote lifelong learning as one of the answers to the many challenges of our modern societies. The different events were made possible with the help of many partner organisations (SOLIDAR Foundation among them) and presented a number of successful initiatives and best practices as well as highlighting many standing or upcoming challenges on the European Education Agenda. Among the debates was one on the Erasmus + project carried out by, amongst other, the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), on smartphone education. The project focuses on the potential of smartphones in the education of the younger generations (12-19 years). It involves educating young people on how to use a smartphone i.e. how to use it in a pedagogical setting while educating them on how to use it and be critical of the content available on the different social media channels as much needed basic skills within a digital society and a changing world of work. The week concluded with the Validation Task Force on Thursday evening, an opportunity for a policy overview and to learn about the plans for 2018 as well as to get familiar with the many projects being carried out in relation to the validation of non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL) and the validation and recognition of prior non-formal and informal learning (VPL). It was also an opportunity for SOLIDAR Foundation to present the VINCE project that will be running until 2018.
SOLIDAR Foundation SG Conny Reuter participated in the first workshop of the week, sharing with the full room his experience from the proclamation of the European Pillar of Social Rights and stressing the importance of prompt implementation in the Member States.
Throughout the week events were hosted in our premises and staff of SOLIDAR Foundation participated in the various parts of the programme. In relation to our work, the highlights of the week included: the Lifelong Learning Civil society forum where we had the opportunity to discuss with representatives of the European Commission the role of Civil Society in the policy-making process. We reaffirmed that our organisations are competent interlocutors who bring grassroots experience into the debate with the European institutions.