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Epale – ePlatform for adult education in Europe

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Not everyone finishes secondary school within the ‘usual’ timeframe and has a diploma by the age of 18.

Some circumstances like a serious illness, an unstable environment at home or being a refugee, may cause you to have to finish secondary school or even start it as an adult.


In the EU almost every member state has some form of adult education. In the Netherlands everyone, over or under 18, has the right to learn to read/write or get a diploma. But ofcourse, in adult education the learning methods can be quite different from the methods teachers use for young children. The obstacles they encounter are also very different from those in a normal secondary school. Adult students often already have children and therefore the lessons are usually scheduled in the evening hours. And unlike in a normal classroom, where everyone has more or less the same age, the oldest student might turn fourty while the youngest one just celebrated her eighteenth birthday. The Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) is a European website that helps teachers and other professionals tackle the problems they face during their work in adult education. They can share best practices and solutions for typical problems in their area of expertise.


Two people know more than one, and because many of the problems that teachers in adult education come to face are omnipresent in the whole of Europe, they can help eachother out on an international level. Methods don't necessarily suffer from language boundaries, they have got more to do with the way an adult brain processes new information. Maybe a Danish teacher has developed a strategy to learn adult show to read more efficiently and wants to share it, he could do that through EPALE.


This multilingual open membership community is funded by the European Commission and aims at improving the quality of adult learning provision in Europe.







Published: Thu, 19/02/2015 - 12:00

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