Day 2: EAEA Annual Conference

How can adult learning help us build a more sustainable world in times of crisis? Explore the topic together with learners, educators, policymakers and activists by looking closer at learning in communities, and strategies for a just green transition.

EAEA Annual Conference
Theme: Adult Learning and the Green Transition

Venue: Hotel International, Zagreb
08:30 – 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 – 09:50
Grand Salon 1

Welcome words

Dina Soeiro, EAEA Executive Board

Ivan Ivanković, assistant head of the City Office of Zagreb for Economy, Environmental Sustainability and Strategic Planning.
 
09:50 – 10:30
Grand Salon 1

A just green transition in times of crisis: how can adult learning help us build a more sustainable world?

Keynote by Arjen Wals, Professor of Transformative Learning for Socio-Ecological Sustainability at Wageningen University in The Netherlands, UNESCO Chair for Sustainable Development

Parallel Strands

Strand 1: Learning in communities

10:30 – 11:00
Adriatic 1

Voices of learners in the green transition: roundtable

The climate crisis is an issue that affects all of us – do learners have a say in how it is addressed by adult learning organisations? What are their roles in shaping learning programmes or in decision-making? During the roundtable, we will hear from learners who will share how adult learning organisations can strengthen the voice of learners across their activities in the area of the green transition, and the significance that the green transition has on their lives and communities.

Maria Hourigan, Roscommon Women’s Network, Ireland

Margaret Browning, Roscommon Women’s Network, Ireland

Stelios Zografidis, ASTO, Greece

Klara Pavić, Croatia

Facilitated by Dearbhail Lawless, AONTAS, Ireland / EAEA Executive Board

Strand 2: Strategies for a just green transition

10:30 – 11:00
Adriatic 2

Just green transition as a political issue: roundtable

With major challenges facing Europe – from post-pandemic recovery to dramatically increasing costs of living – what are the new roles of adult learning and education? How political should we get? The roundtable will bring together policymakers and activists who will share their perspectives on what can be done to ensure that the green transition is truly just.

Eeva Furman, Secretary-General of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development under Prime Minister’s Office 

Nevenka Bogataj, Senior Researcher at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education, Slovenia

Doc. dr. sc. Tihomir Žiljak, Head of the Department for lifelong learning, development and EU programmes at the Open University Zagreb, vice-president of the Croatian Andragogy Society 

Facilitated by Raffaela Kihrer, EAEA Deputy Secretary-General and Head of Policy

10:30 – 11:00
Strand I: Learning in Communities

Voices of learners in the green transition: roundtable

The climate crisis is an issue that affects all of us - do learners have a say in how it is addressed by adult learning organisations? What are their roles in shaping learning programmes or in decision-making? During the roundtable, we will hear from learners who will share how adult learning organisations can strengthen the voice of learners across their activities in the area of the green transition, and the significance that the green transition has on their lives and communities.

Maria Hourigan, Roscommon Women’s Network, Ireland

Margaret Browning, Roscommon Women’s Network, Ireland

Stelios Zografidis, ASTO, Greece

Facilitated by Dearbhail Lawless, AONTAS, Ireland / EAEA Executive Board

Strand 2: Strategies for a just green transition

Just green transition as a political issue: roundtable

With major challenges facing Europe - from post-pandemic recovery to dramatically increasing costs of living - what are the new roles of adult learning and education? How political should we get? The roundtable will bring together policymakers and activists who will share their perspectives on what can be done to ensure that the green transition is truly just.

Eeva Furman, Secretary-General of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development under Prime Minister’s Office 

Nevenka Bogataj, Senior Researcher at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education, Slovenia

Jana Ahlers, Grassroots Education Manager at European Alternatives

Doc. dr. sc. Tihomir Žiljak, Head of the Department for lifelong learning, development and EU programmes at the Open University Zagreb, vice-president of the Croatian Andragogy Society 

Facilitated by Raffaela Kihrer, EAEA Deputy Secretary-General and Head of Policy

11:00-11:30 | Coffee Break

Strand 1: Learning in communities

11:30 – 13:00
Adriatic 1

Parallel workshops

A. Green transition and democratic processes: getting everyone on board

How can adult learning involve citizens in the green transition process in an engaging way? The workshop will explore ways in which educators and organisations can proactively address misinformation and conspiracy theories around the green transition by doing what adult education does best: creating a space for dialogue and active participation.

Facilitated by Stefan Grasgruber-Kerl, Head of Campaigning at Südwind, Austria and Katarina Stekić, Center for the Promotion of Science, Belgrade 

B. Adult learning as a space for political engagement 

Adult learning can provide a space for political empowerment or even activism to address the climate crisis. How can different generations learn from each other’s experience with political engagement? The workshop will explore the potential for intergenerational learning in a political context.

Facilitated by Dearbhail Lawless, AONTAS, Ireland / EAEA Executive Board

Strand 2: Strategies for a just green transition

11:30 – 13:00
Adriatic 2

Parallel workshops

A. Building green partnerships

Adult learning organisations don’t have to start from scratch to foster learning for a green transition. Who can help them, and how can partnerships be established? During the workshop, participants will look at how adult learning providers and associations can look for allies, and the tools and strategies to build green partnerships.

Facilitated by Davide Muraro, EAEA and Ester Hakobyan, DVV International Armenia / International ESD Alliances

B. Developing a green skills strategy

What can adult learning providers do to embed green skills / environmental capabilities in their curricula? During the workshop, participants will explore the concept of green skills against the broader framework of life skills, and will get to know recent research of the Learning and Work Institute on Reskilling for Net Zero.

Facilitated by Alex Stevenson, Learning and Work Institute, UK / European Basic Skills Network and EAEA Executive Board

11:30 – 13:00
Strand I: Learning in Communities

Parallel workshops

A. Green transition and democratic processes: getting everyone on board 

How can adult learning involve citizens in the green transition process in an engaging way? The workshop will explore ways in which educators and organisations can proactively address misinformation and conspiracy theories around the green transition by doing what adult education does best: creating a space for dialogue and active participation.

Facilitated by Stefan Grasgruber-Kerl, Head of Campaigning at Südwind, Austria and Katarina Stekić, Center for the Promotion of Science, Belgrade 

B. Adult learning as a space for political engagement 

Adult learning can provide a space for political empowerment or even activism to address the climate crisis. How can different generations learn from each other’s experience with political engagement? The workshop will explore the potential for intergenerational learning in a political context.

Facilitated by Jana Ahlers, Grassroots Education Manager at European Alternatives

Strand 2: Strategies for a just green transition

Parallel workshops

A. Building green partnerships

Adult learning organisations don’t have to start from scratch to foster learning for a green transition. Who can help them, and how can partnerships be established? During the workshop, participants will look at how adult learning providers and associations can look for allies, and the tools and strategies to build green partnerships.

Facilitated by Davide Muraro, EAEA and Ester Hakobyan, DVV International Armenia / International ESD Alliances

B. Developing a green skills strategy

What can adult learning providers do to embed green skills / environmental capabilities in their curricula? During the workshop, participants will explore the concept of green skills against the broader framework of life skills, and will get to know recent research of the Learning and Work Institute on Reskilling for Net Zero.

Facilitated by Alex Stevenson, Learning and Work Institute, UK / European Basic Skills Network and EAEA Executive Board

13:00-14:00 | Lunch

Strand 1: Learning in communities

14:00 – 14:40
Adriatic 1

World café

How can adult learning better support communities in the green transition?

Strand 2: Strategies for a just green transition

14:00 – 14:40
Adriatic 2

World café

What can we do to be more strategic in approaching the green transition at different levels?

14:00 – 14:40

Strand I: Learning in Communities

World café

How can adult learning better support communities in the green transition?

Strand 2: Strategies for a just green transition

World café

What can we do to be more strategic in approaching the green transition at different levels?

14:40 – 14:50 |  Bringing it all together

An interactive session to link the results between the two strands
14:50 – 15:20
Grand Salon 1

Going forward

What should be the next steps for EAEA and adult learning organisations in Europe to contribute to a just green transition?

Anna Roditi, Learner from ASTO, Greece

Nevenka Bogataj, Senior Researcher at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education, Slovenia

Gina Ebner, EAEA Secretary General

Panel discussion between policy makers, activists and learners facilitated by Gustav Fridolin, Stockholm City Mission Folk High School and EAEA Board, former Minister of Education of Sweden

15:20 – 15:30
Grand Salon 1

Concluding words

Gina Ebner, EAEA Secretary General

Participation Fees: Annual Conference

Member Rate: 80 Euros
Non-Member Rate: 100 Euros

Venue

Hotel International, Zagreb

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10 May 2023

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