‘BeE – Be(coming) European, an EU-funded project that deals with challenges and opportunities of basic education for adults, addresses important questions such as : How can basic education be defined, which learning and teaching approaches are successful, how can (disadvantaged) learners be motivated to participate in courses and to learn autonomously, which specific challenges are teachers facing in basic education …?
The answers to these questions are challenging however the dedicated team working on BeE aimed to find applicable answers that lead to the development of a comprehensive workshop concept, that can be used in different educational settings. The team created a concept that is flexible in adaptation in terms of course content and teaching / learning strategies to individual conditions. Various target groups and learning styles, as well as diverse content areas and different conditions of educational institutions are targeted.
BeE’s concept stresses the relevance of everyday life issues for learners. BeE’s consortium asks trainers the important question, “What is more relevant in life than life itself?, and therefore its concept of basic education deals with issues relevant for everyday, personal and work life. Hence, BeE developed a workshop concept that encourages disadvantaged learners or learners with negative learning experiences to take part in lifelong learning.
The Workshop Schedule is open for public use and can be downloaded from our website. We also encourage our readers to take part in the courses that take place in Malta each year. Whether you are a trainer of basic education or just curious of what this is all about, we encourage you to come to Malta and with the help of our experienced trainers, reflect and create discussions with other European teachers about European basic education, its opportunities and challenges. Discussion topics will further include strategies on how to strengthen the awareness of learners regarding their own competencies and ways to foster self regulated learning and innovative teaching practices. And – last but not least – you will have the opportunity to reflect with teachers and trainers from all over Europe what it means to become ‘European’. Come and take part in our BeE Workshop, which will be offered beyond the life span of the project.
The Project Consortium
Eight educational institutions from North, Central and South Europe make part of the BeE team. Their subject areas are varied as well as their teaching and learning styles and target groups. During workshops conducted within the project duration, the consortium worked closely with teachers, curriculum developers and others working in (basic) education to develop and evaluate its specific workshop concept for basic education. The workshop will therefore unite a theoretical approach with day-to-day experiences brought in by practitioners. For more information about these workshops that took place within the project lifetime please click here: Workshops.
BeE started in December 2012 and will end in November 2014, therefore with a total duration of 2 years. The project has been funded with the support of the LLP Programme/Grundtvig of the European Union.