Bringing together the providers of formal, informal and non-formal adult education in different parts of Europe and increasing motivation of their learners with low education levels.

About Us

What is important for us

Most people with low education level know very well that education is the key to social and economic progress, and yet they often avoid participation in educational activities.
Why? - In many cases because they are convinced that 'education is not for them'; they have a feeling of not belonging in the educational system, a feeling of being inadequate. What do learners define as motivating factors? And how do partner organizations across Europe tacle the process of motivating this target group?

In the project 'Bridge to Better Future', the participating organizations will attempt to define some answers to these questions by involving the learners, extracting best practices by observing each others' work, analyzing approaches and getting inspiration from experts in the field. The partnership includes representatives of formal and non-formal education with a wide range of activites and target groups. The common factor is a commitment to work for those adult students, who run the risk of marginalisation. The outputs of the partners will be: The learning needs (in relation to motivational factors for people with low education levels) in respective parner organisation have been mapped. The good practices and challenges in relation to motivational factors (learners' and staff's perspective) have been shared and documented. Alternative strategies to address challenges in relation to motivational factors have been identified and documented. The learning within the partnership has been widely disseminated in the local or national context of the partners.

The partnership consists of the following organizations:

  1. Vocational Adult Education SEDU, Finland
  2. Liberal Association for Adult Education LOF, Denmark
  3. Die Querdenker, Austria
  4. Vakfıkebir Public Education Center, Turkey

Our Aims

The concrete objectives are to bring together the providers of formal, informal and non-formal adult education in different parts of Europe and to develope the capacity of the staff members in their work when they aim at increasing motivation of learners with low education levels. The partnership wants to support the staff and learners with new approaches by mapping and sharing experiences and success stories. In addition, the partnership's goal is to raise the awareness of the common European Citizenship and increase the knowledge of each others' educational conditions in the countries involved. The main focus is to support the disadvantaged learners, who face the risk of economic, social and cultural marginalisation.

By July 2012 the partner organizations have increased knowledge and competence in relation to the motivation of disadvantaged learners' participation in adult education: In the project 'Bridge to Better Future' both learners' and staff's perspective on motivation will be recognized and good practices to motivate learners will be shared. The project will be coordinated by SEDU and run by The Project Group, consisting of one representative of each member of the partnership, which will meet three times during the project: A planning meeting in October 2010 ,a midterm meeting in June 201 and an evaluation meeting in June 2012 . The project will consist of both national and transnational activities. After the project start on 1st August, each partner will map learning needs of their own staff. At the first meeting, the Project Group will collect the needs and agree on a detailed road map for the project activities. Seminars at national level for learners and staff in Jan-March 2011; challenges and good practices from learners' and staff's perspective will be mapped.Representatives of partner organizations will participate. At a seminar for all partners in Finland in Sept 2011 the challenges and good practices will be extracted and shared and workshops held to define new strategies to motivate learners. For documentation a writers'group will meet in Austria in Jan 2012 .Dissemination workshop in Denmark Apr 2012 also dissemination in newsletters, website, local media and in the form of a printed book.

The partnership shares the faith in democratic dialogue, involvement of students and equal opportunities for all students.

Results

The impact on staff members of the partner organizations, especially those who actively participating the project: Shared and inceased understanding of the challenges connected to the learners with low education level. Recognition and analysis of individual's own resources, skills, risk factors, learning needs and opportunities. The process will contribute to increased motivation and creativity, courage and ability to communicate with colleagues from other countries and learn new working strategies and methods. This results in increased motivation and strength to work with the challenging learners. Shared with colleagues, this impact will spread to the whole organization. The impact on the learners with low education: Through improved performance of the frontline staff, the learners will get better service. Consequently they will combat the predestination of low education and find new direction to their lives. Their motivation will rise and their outlook on facing the learning difficulties will change. Their needs will be met and performance and satisfaction improve. This will contribute to reinforcement of the role of Lifelong Learning, sense of European Citizenship based on common goals and respect for human rights, democracy and encouraging tolerance and respect for peoples and cultures.

The learning partnership will impact the learners with low education at two different levels: Through their involvement in the project activities, they will become more aware of what motivates them in relation to educational activities. The involvement will enhance their incitement to take full ownership of their own education. The cross-cultural meetings will widen their horizon with regards to Lifelong Learning, and European Citizenship. The learners will also benefit indirectly because of the improved practice of the frontline staff involved in the project: The staff will presumably become more aware of their good practices, and learn from competent practitioners from partner organizations and experts in the field. Thereby the staff will apply more efficient strategies to motivate learners with low educations and thus; ultimately, contribute to increased and improved participation in adult education by the target group. The project is also expected to create more awareness about the importance of motivational factors in the local and/or national contexts of the participating partners.

Financing

The project is financed in the frame of Lifelong Learning Programme by Gruntvig.