Erasmus+KA2 Strategic Partnership for Adult Education
‘Back to Learning – Developing Key Competence of Adults for High Quality Learning Opportunities’
Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme (BARWS), represented by Jean Brophy and Christine Carroll, has been participating in an EU Erasmus+ transnational sharing of good practice project ‘Back to learning – developing key competence of adults for high quality learning opportunities.’ The project commenced in October 2018 and continued through to February 2021 with the main goal being for partner organisations to expand their knowledge and expertise of teaching and learning methodologies for supporting adult learners to develop key competences.
Adult education agencies from 6 EU countries; Germany, Estonia, Malta, Spain, Hungary and Ireland, agreed to host a transnational meeting before the project end date. At each project meeting, the host partners provided;
- an overview of adult basic education strategy at national and local levels
- examples of good practice to support teaching and learning demonstrated during visits to local adult education centres
- examples of collaboration with local networks and agencies at operational management level to provide broader supports for adult learners and to promote adult basic education services in the community.
The final project transnational meeting, facilitated by the Hungarian partners, was held online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As reported in the May 2019 edition of the CDETB newsletter, the meeting in Ireland was held in CDETB Ballymun Adult Education Centre in March, 2019. During the two day visit, the project partners attended workshops, visited STAR Project, Ballymun Rediscovery Centre and enjoyed a tea and chat session with BARWS students who spoke about their experiences since returning to adult education.
Following project completion in February 2021, two publications to support adult basic education and training professionals were produced;
- Brochure of Best Practice identifying examples of good practices demonstrated and observed in host countries during transnational meetings. Examples of BARWS best practices in teaching and learning included are; themed learning (horticulture programme) and volunteer 1:1 tutor training
- Handbook outlining a 3 level framework for training professionals and key workers to support the development of basic skills for adults returning to basic education.
Both of these publications are available for download from Ballymun Adult Read and Write Scheme BARWS website.
Participation in this ‘Back to Learning’ project was an insightful learning experience on a number of levels. The opportunity to visit EU partner countries and meet with adult basic education stakeholders and practitioners was knowledge enhancing and identified that issues such as outreaching specific target groups and promoting adult basic education services are common challenges. Observing innovative methods for the delivery of adult basic education programmes was inspiring and motivating.
Positive feedback from project partners following the Dublin meeting and experiences at transnational meetings confirm that BARWS practice is, in all aspects of programme delivery and inter-agency networking, of a high standard and is at least in-line with our EU counterparts. The opportunity to adopt some of the best practices from partner countries, outlined in the Brochure of Best Practice, would further enhance our service delivery.