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  • 1. Malta, January 2013 Graciela SbertoliVox – NorwayEuropean Basic Skills Networkgs@vox.noAdult Education inBasic SkillsA critical reflexion
  • 2. What is Vox?• Agency owned by the Ministry of Education and Research• Working also for other ministries• Policy providers• Between policy makers and implementation level• Coordinating multiple stakeholders• A triangle of objectives with a focus on the adult learner• Research, national programs, validation, career guidance,basic skills, immigrant integration, communication,international cooperation (see vox.no)Graciela Sbertoli / Vox
  • 3. The European Basic Skills Network• An initiative born within the Working Group for theCommission’s Action Plan for Adult Learning• Launched on June 2010• Now: an independent network cooperating with theCommission• Target group: policy makers and policy providerswww.basicskills.euMalta, January 2013 Graciela Sbertoli / Vox 05/24/13 • Page 3
  • 4. graciela.sbertoli@vox.noBasic principlesObjectives of AL in Norway:Increasing the adult population’s•employability•social inclusion•access to further learning•general welfarefor the sakeof theindividualfor economicgrowthfor the goodof society
  • 5. Basic skills: what is this all about?• Basic = foundationalFIRST THINGS FIRST• Literacy• Numeracy• Digital Competence• Oral communicationMalta, January 2013 Graciela Sbertoli / Vox 05/24/13 • Page 5
  • 6. A hidden problem• What does it mean to be literate?• Making numeracy count• Literacy in the digital eraMalta, January 2013 Graciela Sbertoli / Vox 05/24/13 • Page 6
  • 7. Initial training is not enough• The problem of erosion• Motivation and relevance• Access to materials• Flexible training provisionMalta, January 2013 Graciela Sbertoli / Vox 05/24/13 • Page 7
  • 8. Literacy is not (only) about decoding…Malta, January 2013 Graciela Sbertoli / Vox 05/24/13 • Page 8… and it is a moving target
  • 9. Increasing gaps• Demographic change• The age issue• Migration• Internationalization anddevelopment• Bureaucratic demands• Efficiency requirementsMalta, January 2013 Graciela Sbertoli / Vox 05/24/13 • Page 9
  • 10. Governance issues• Responsibility – Who is in charge?• Finances• Quality• Teacher training• Accreditation of providers• Efficiency as element of qualityMalta, January 2013 Graciela Sbertoli / Vox 05/24/13 • Page 10
  • 11. The way ahead• Awareness raising• Shouldering the responsibility• Involvement of all stakeholders• Recycling of resources• Synergies at national andEuropean levelMalta, January 2013 Graciela Sbertoli / Vox 05/24/13 • Page 11