Despite the circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Agency for VET and Adult Education continues to promote lifelong learning by traditionally organising the national educational campaign Lifelong Learning Week. All necessary epidemiological protocols will be followed.
This year’s, 14th Lifelong Learning Week will be held from 21 September to 05 October 2020. Just as previous years, citizens will be able to visit free workshops, lectures, round tables and similar events; a number of institutions will open their door and introduce potential students to their educational programmes. The largest part of these activities will be held online, whereas the ones held in person will respect the epidemiological guidelines.
Organising the campaign in these trying times emphasises the importance of continuous promotion of lifelong learning and raising awareness that it constitutes a response to dynamic labour market changes, but also to dramatic social and everyday life alternations. Despite new circumstances, lifelong learning and education must remain a priority.
Hoping that this year’s campaign will attract a great number of participants, we invite you to help us organise as many events as possible, which will cover a range of topics and target groups and which will demonstrate the importance of lifelong learning.
Taking into account the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected economic, social and educational level, and the duration of which is impossible to predict, we urge you to organise this year’s events (workshops, lectures, presentations, theatre and cinema shows, exhibitions, fairs, open days, webinars and other online events) in accordance with protective measures.
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Agency for VET and Adult Education will once again be organising the VIII. International Andragogic Symposium (21 September – 23 September 2020), which will be financed under the ESF project Development of a Quality Assurance System in Adult Education, Element 2: Establishing the system of quality assurance in adult education. The Symposium will be held in hotels Olympia and Olympia Sky, in the town of Vodice. Renowned adult education experts will inform the participants of their experiences, thus enabling them to attain new andragogic skills and knowledge. With the aim of raising the quality of adult education, workshops for capacity building of target groups and decision-makers for the implementation of quality assurance in adult education will be organised.
Furthermore, this year’s Symposium will be an opportunity to present new trends and actualities in this area, particularly regarding online educational environments and their implementation.
One of the most important activities within this campaign is presenting the Dandelion of Knowledge award for accomplishments in adult education. This year’s winners – Sanja Tarczay, Mira Talaja and Miran Osuško – have been determined enough to achieve numerous positive changes in their lives. You can view their life stories here.
Acknowledgements for contribution to the development of adult education will also be presented. This winner of the Acknowledgment for the scientific contribution to the development of adult education is Professor Anita Zovko, Ph.D., while the winners of the Acknowledgments for the contribution to the development of adult education practice are Professors Eržbet Tomić and Franjo Galeković. You can watch a short film about the winners here.
The news about the campaign can be found at the official website and Facebook page.
You can follow the events during the 14th Lifelong Learning Week here.