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Future perspectives on Nordic collaboration on competence development and adult learning

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Presentation by Helle Glen Petersen at the NVL seminar in Lund, September 2017

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Future perspectives on Nordic collaboration on competence development and adult learning

  1. 1. Future perspectives on Nordic collaboration on competence development and adult learning Helle Glen Petersen 27 - 28 September 2017
  2. 2. Outline ― Transnational Nordic competence development? ― About the Nordic Council of Ministers ― Facts about the Nordic Region and Nordic co-operation (excerpt) ― Political priorities and efforts (excerpt) • In general • The Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U) ― Competences enhancing the work with adult learning processes ― The Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) ― Nordplus The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 2
  3. 3. Transnational Nordic competence development? The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 3 • 88 per cent - A good starting point! • But what is Nordic co-operation – and what does it do?
  4. 4. About the Nordic Council of Ministers • The Nordic Council of Ministers is the official body for Nordic intergovernmental co-operation • Founded in 1971 • Total budget for 2017: 935.091TDKK • Rotating presidencies o 2017 – Norway o 2018 – Sweden http://www.norden.org/da/nordisk-ministerraad/regeringssamarbejdet The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 4
  5. 5. About the Nordic Council of Ministers Despite the name, it actually consists of several councils: ➢ The Council of Ministers forCo-operation (MR-SAM) ➢10 constellations of councils of ministers for specific policy areas o The Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U) o Served by the Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Education & Research (EK-U) ➢ InformalCouncil of Ministers for Integration ➢ Nordic Council of Ministers for Digitalisation (MR-DIGITAL) The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 5
  6. 6. Facts about the Nordic Region and Nordic co-operation (excerpt) • We have one of the oldest and most wide-ranging forms of regional political collaboration, and we aspire to be the most integrated region in the world • We are the 11th largest economy in the world.We have successfully adapted our welfare model to operate in an increasingly uncertain global economy • We share our knowledge and experiences to overcome challenges that we can better solve together than on our own • We top many international rankings.We lead the world in transparency, trust, the environment, gender equality and happiness The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 6 http://www.norden.org/da/fakta-om-norden/10-fakta-om-norden-og-det-nordiske-samarbejde
  7. 7. Political priorities and efforts (excerpt) • Vision –The Nordic Region -Together we are stronger • Democracy, Inclusion and Security (DIS) • Integration of refugees and immigrants • Review of the Nordic labour market – The Poul Nielson report • Digitalisation • Nordic programme for implementation of the 2030 Agenda The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 7
  8. 8. The Nordic Region -Together we are stronger • Visions and objectives for Nordic co-operation ‒ Joint statement issued by the Council of Ministers for Co-operation (MR-SAM) in 2014 • The visions ‒ Freedom of movement ‒ Innovation ‒ Visibility ‒ International engagement http://www.norden.org/da/nordisk-ministerraad/samarbejdsministrene-mr-sam/deklarationer/norden-2013-sammen-er-vi-staerkere The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 8
  9. 9. Innovation The Nordic Region is innovative, particularly in welfare, education, creativity, entrepreneurship, sustainability and research We will continue to work closely together to enhance quality and to improve efficiency by tackling specific challenges faced by the people of the Region The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 9
  10. 10. Democracy, Integration and Security (DIS) • The Programme for co-operation on democracy, integration and security (DIS) is initiated by the Council of Ministers for Co-operation (MR-SAM) in 2016 ‒ Programme period 2016-2018 • Background:Violent attacks and terrorist incidents that recently have been targeted at our open Nordic societies • Aim:To ensure resilient, tolerant and trusting societies by improving safety strategies and practices on how to prevent radicalisation and violent extremism o Nordic Safe Cities ‒ This programme joins forces with politicians, practitioners and experts in building communities with trust, tolerance and resilience through networking, knowledge sharing and communication http://www.norden.org/da/tema/nordic-safe-cities/om-nordic-safe-cities-programmet The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 10
  11. 11. Integration of refugees and immigrants • The Nordic Council of Ministers' co-operation programme for integration of refugees and immigrants ‒ Decided by the Nordic Ministers for Co-operation in 2016 • Aim This co-operation programme is designed to support the Nordic countries’ integration efforts by bolstering Nordic co-operation on the integration of refugees and immigrants through the sharing experiences and development of new knowledge oApplications for project funding are welcome http://www.norden.org/da/nordisk-ministerraad/samarbejdsministrene-mr-sam/ansoeg-om-bidrag/ansoegning-om-midler-til-projekter-om-integration/ The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 11
  12. 12. The Poul Nielson report • Former Danish minister and EU Commissioner Poul Nielson was asked by the Nordic Council of Ministers to conduct a review of the Nordic labour market • The report and 14 recommendations were submitted in June 2016 • Proposal 7:The Nordic governments should commit to the principle of introducing mandatory adult and continuing training for everybody in the labour markets http://norden.diva- portal.org/smash/resultList.jsf?aq=%5B%5B%5D%5D&aq2=%5B%5B%5D%5D&sf=all&aqe=%5B%5D&af=%5B%5D&searchType =SIMPLE&query=poul+nielson&sortOrder=author_sort_asc&onlyFullText=false&noOfRows=50&language=en&dswid=-4245 The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 12
  13. 13. Digitalisation • Council of Ministers for Digitalisation (MR-DIGITAL) ‒ On 22 June 2017 the Nordic Ministers for Co-operation (MR-SAM) decided to establish an ad hoc council for digitalisation for the period 2017 - 2020 • Joint Nordic and Baltic Declaration Strengthening the ability for digital transformation of our governments and societies, especially by creating a common area for cross-border digital services in the public sector. Strengthening the competitiveness of our enterprises through digitalisation. Enhancing the digital single market in the Nordic-Baltic region. http://www.norden.org/da/nordisk-ministerraad/ministerraad/nordisk-ministerraad-for-digitalisering-mr-digital/ The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 13
  14. 14. Nordic programme to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda • Agenda 2030 – a global agenda for sustainable development • The Ministers for Co-operation (MR-SAM) have adopted a Nordic programme to support the Nordic countries in the implementation of the 17 goals of the 2030 Agenda, 5 September 2017 • Programme period 2017 – 2020 - Budget: Approximately 13 MDKK http://www.norden.org/da/nordisk-ministerraad/samarbejdsministrene-mr-sam/baeredygtig-udvikling/nordisk-program-for-agenda-2030/ The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 14
  15. 15. Voksenlæreren og innovation, 27. – 28. september 2017, Lund 15
  16. 16. Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U) - Political priorities and efforts (excerpt) • MR-U’s co-operation programme • MR-U’s DIS activities and focus • Strategic work on the future Nordic co-operation on education • Nordic Agenda for future competences • Education forTomorrow research programme • The policy area of adult learning within MR-U o The Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) o Nordplus Adult The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 16
  17. 17. MR-U’s co-operation programme • Co-operation programme for the Nordic Council of Ministers for Education and Research (MR-U), effective from 2015 - Quality and Relevance in Education and Research • Nordic co-operation on education and research focuses on strengthening the quality of teaching and education http://norden.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A851811&dswid=5460 The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 17
  18. 18. Activities include the following topical themes: 1. Strengthening the basic skill set and knowledge of children, young people and adults, boys and girls/women and men, by o Promoting cooperation in knowledge and analysis around the central challenges in the education area for ages 0-18 and within adult education courses. o Contributing to the development of Nordic education courses through greater focus on guidance, management and implementation of reforms. o Promoting the development and use of new teaching and learning methods, e.g. through greater focus on entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation and digitalisation. 2. Contributing to a smooth transition between education courses and between education and working life. 3. Strengthening possibilities for young people and adults to complete an educational pathway, including by getting more young people to complete a vocational training course. 4. Promoting the status of vocational training courses and contributing to a better environment for learning at the workplace for young people and adults. The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 18 MR-U’s co-operation programme
  19. 19. • MR-U has established a Nordic Network to handle the sector’s activities in connection with DIS.The Network was established for 2015-2017 • The current challenges call for long term efforts • Therefore, MR-U decided to continue the DIS Network in 2018 – 2020 in May 2017 • The Network consists of representatives from the Nordic ministries and departments.The overarching objective is to promote shared Nordic values and to strengthen the educational system to face the challenges in our societies with an democratic approach and to prevent development of extremism through relevant educational efforts • This will also contribute to the follow up on the UN 2030 Agenda – Goal 4 (4.7 Global Citizenship Education) The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 19 MR-U’s DIS activities and focus
  20. 20. Strategic work on the future Nordic co- operation on education • The Nordic Committee of Senior Officials for Education and Research (EK-U) decided in February 2017 to launch a strategic work in order to renew and strengthen Nordic co- operation in order to face present and future challenges and make results more visible • A High Level group was appointed o Former minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education andTraining Aida Hadzialic, Sweden o Chancellor at the University of HelsingforsThomas Wilhelmsson, Finland o Secretary General at the Ministry of Education and Research Petter Skarheim, Norway A report will be submitted to MR-U on 1 November 2017 The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 20
  21. 21. Nordic Agenda for future competences 1 3 - 0 2 - The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 21 • Inspired by EU’s A New Skills Agenda EK-U has decided to establish a Nordic Agenda on future competences • Aim: Show the connection between important national and international educational political agendas and to spread the knowledge of Nordic education efforts • Decided by EK-U in February 2017 and a communication plan will be made • NVL will be a relevant stakeholder in the process
  22. 22. 10 focus areas 1 3 - 0 2 - The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 22 1. Collect Nordic research on education, utilize research results and support research-based education 2. Promote “Lifelong Learning” and the development of formal and informal competences 3. Promote entrepreneurship and the link between education, research and innovation at all levels of the educational system 4. Promote children’s, young people’s and adults’ competences in regard to extremism and how to handle controversial issues 5. Promote the digital skills of children, young people and adults 6. Promote children’s, young people’s and adults’ competences in regard to climate and sustainable development 7. Promote the comprehension of inter Scandinavian languages among children and young people as well as knowledge about the languages essential to societies in the Nordic Region 8. Promote student mobility and student’s international competences 9. Promote labour mobility in the Nordic region 10. Support successful integration of refugees and immigrants in day-care and education
  23. 23. Competences enhancing the work with adult learning processes 1 3 - 0 2 - The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 23 The report shows that these competences are considered to be important to the adult educator: • Knowledge about adults’ learning and learning processes • Updated subject specific knowledge • Updated practice experiences
  24. 24. Research 1 3 - 0 2 - The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 24 • NordForsk is an organisation under MR-U that provides funding for and facilitates Nordic cooperation on research and research infrastructure, for example via NordForsk’s programme Education forTomorrow -2013-2016 • Project: o Skill acquisition, skill loss, and age. A comparative study of cognitive foundation skills (SASLA) - This study is about Cognitive Foundation Skills (CFS) in the adult populations aged 16-65 in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. CFS is here defined as literacy, numeracy and ICT (Information and CommunicationsTechnology) problem solving skills. - Are there differences between categories of adults defined by e.g. educational level, gender, immigrant status, educational and employment/unemployment background? - What are the similarities and differences among the Nordic countries with respect to CFS and age? - https://www.nordforsk.org/no/programmer-og-prosjekter/prosjekter/skill-acquisition-skill-loss-and-age.-a-comparative-study-of-cognitive-foundation-skills-cfs
  25. 25. The Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) 1 3 - 0 2 - The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 25 • Nordic co-operation is based on shared values, culture and history, and in particular, on a shared view of democracy and education.Adult learning is one of the priority areas for Nordic co- operation. NVL seeks to generate greater Nordic synergy by sharing skills and experiences from the five nations, the Faroe Islands,Greenland and Åland, and by publicising this work, in the first instance on a Nordic and European level NVL’s remit is to: • act as a meeting place for everybody involved in adult learning • generate greater Nordic synergy via information, networking and projects • publicise the results of its work, share experiences and innovation • raise the profile of Nordic specialities – what are we best at? • draw up policy proposals based on experiences, developed and tested in practice via projects and networks http://nvl.org/
  26. 26. Nordplus • Nordplus is the Nordic Council of Ministers largest mobility and networking programme for education • Annual budget: Approximately 74.8 MDKK • NordplusAdult provides support for mobility and project cooperation between Nordic and Baltic countries in all areas of adult learning and education • The purpose is to create development and innovation in adult learning.The programme works from a bottom-up perspective and it is open to all kind of initiatives and ideas • There is a wide range of activities supported by the programme - ranging from teacher-to-teacher exchange, internship and study stays for networking and major development co-operation http://www.nordplusonline.org/Who-can-apply/Nordplus-Adult The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 26
  27. 27. Nordplus Adult • The conference theme - competence development for adult educators - is an area that is naturally supported by Nordplus Adult • Nordplus Adult supports study and teaching stays in partner institutions, preparatory visits, networking activities and projects aiming at developing joint teaching, materials or methods or mapping knowledge within adult learning with a view to defining development needs and make recommendations for future initiatives in general and vocational adult learning, formal, non-formal and informal adult learning • If you have met relevant partners at this conference or in any other context, it is advisable to consider the possibility of developing cooperation under the auspices of Nordplus Adult • Application deadline for preparatory visits is Monday 2 October 2017.The main goal of a preparatory visit is to make concrete plans for a collaboration project in order to submit a full application before the deadline 1 February 2018. The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 27
  28. 28. Helle Glen Petersen Senior Adviser helpet@norden.org +45 29 69 29 78 Nordic Council of Ministers Ved Stranden 18, DK-1061 København K The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 28 norden.org
  29. 29. Thank you. The Adult Educator and Innovation, 27 – 28 September 2017, Lund 29

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