Adult education is a key tool for boosting economic as well as personal growth, and it is an indispensable means for improving the lives of disadvantaged people and reducing inequalities across the board. For the last decades, organizations in Europe are struggling with supporting adult educators in different manners. Especially improving digital literacy means proactively using or addressing digital media and technology in education, which ensures inclusiveness for adult learners.
The field, now more than ever, has the chance and needs its actors to be connected and united in the push for its own transformation, evolution, and blossoming. The best approach to the transformation of traditional adult education methods is through digitalization: digital technology has implications for adult literacy; therefore, it is essential to adapt how and what adults learn.
To give a concrete contribution, the EDUCATE Erasmus+project will last a bit less than two years (December 2021 – end of August 2023) and it is implemented by a transnational consortium consisting of 6 partners from 6 countries: Greece with the lead partner, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and Turkey.
To get the job done, the main intellectual outputs (IOs) are the following:
- IO1 – EDUCATE Interactive hub: addresses the need for a collaborative online place aimed at organisations that provide education in digital competence to adult learners to share their experience, challenges, and best working practices within a common network.
- IO 2 – EDUCATE Certification of quality will consist of developing criteria which need to be answered by an organisation to receive certification; developing a certification methodology, which will be used by partners to evaluate the submitted for certification best practices; and finally developing and designing the certificate which can be received by the organizations.
- IO3 – EDUCATE Sustainability & Monitoring toolkit process of the other project materials. The toolkit will aim to give useful materials and resources to adult educators, in an easy-to-use form, based on scenarios they encounter in their field of work and world-recognized solutions to many different issues related to education paths.
To follow the steps of the project and to benefit from its results, a project website and some social media channels will be soon available!