Migration and learning

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Migration and learning

  1. 1. Alan SmithAlan Smith Grundtvig Coordinator &Grundtvig Coordinator & Deputy Head of Unit EAC.B3 – Adult Education; GrundtvigDeputy Head of Unit EAC.B3 – Adult Education; Grundtvig European CommissionEuropean Commission Grundtvig Tenth Anniversary Conference, Helsinki, 4-5 November 2010Grundtvig Tenth Anniversary Conference, Helsinki, 4-5 November 2010 Migration and adult learning –Migration and adult learning – Some key issues from the dissemination conferenceSome key issues from the dissemination conference „„Grundtvig - A decade of European innovation in adult learning“Grundtvig - A decade of European innovation in adult learning“ Brussels, January 2010Brussels, January 2010
  2. 2. 2 Key issues for adult learning relating to migrants  Building a welcoming society: changing the perception of migrants among the population  Access for and outreach to migrants  Motivation and ‘ownership’ – Tailored provision – Flexible delivery – Recognising competences  Supporting full participation in society – Host country language – Other skills and link with vocational training
  3. 3. 3 Main challenges  Reaching those who need it most  Responsive provision  Integrated services (education, guidance, …)  Validation of competences and prior learning  Tackling legal requirements  Advocacy (policy-makers and public)  Helping migrants adjust to societal and labour market shifts  Intercultural adjustment – in both directions
  4. 4. 4 Grundtvig contributions  Demonstrating the important role of adult learning  Developing strategies to broaden access for migrants  Methods and materials  Validation of learning  Motivation of learners  Developing key competences  Staff development and motivation  Intercultural awareness in organisations  European networks  Future need: stronger involvement of ‘third’ countries, especially neighbourhood countries

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