EAEA Annual Conference - In cooperation with ICAE

12 June 2024

EAEA Annual Conference
Theme: Transforming Lives, Communities and Society

Venue: Helsinki Conservatory of Music

09:00 – 10:00
Concert Hall
Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 -10:20
Concert Hall
Welcome words

Raffaela Kihrer, Deputy General Secretary of EAEA
Lauri Tuomi, CEO of the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation and Vice-President of EAEA
Robbie Guevara, President of ICAE
10:20 – 10:40
Concert Hall
Welcome address by President Mrs. Tarja Halonen, former President of the Republic of Finland
10:40 – 11:30
Concert Hall
Empowering Agility: Adult Education’s Role in Navigating Global Change, Keynote by Isabell Kempf, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
11:30 – 12:00
Concert Hall
Interactive Session in the Plenary, Moderated by Robbie Guevara, ICAE
12:00-13:00 | Lunch
Parallel Workshops
13:00 – 14:30
Different room per discussion
Workshop 1: Creative tools for advocacy and social change in the context of migration | Room 233

Facilitated by Pinar Aksu, UNESCO RILA PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow.

Join this interactive session which invites you to reflect on your methods of engaging with policymakers, providing support for adult learners from migrant backgrounds and exploring possibilities of creating change.

In this session, we will explore the impact of using creative tools for advocacy and social change, sharing experiences within the workshop and ideas. How are migrants portrayed in the media? How are migrant adult learners portrayed within your communities? This interactive workshop will allow us to explore and experiment to understand advocacy for social change and how we change narratives.

Workshop 2: Communities as catalysts for social transformation and green transition | Room 139

Facilitated by Laura Kaestele, network weaver at ECOLISE, the European network of community-led initiatives for climate change and sustainability

What is the role of community in the radical lifestyle changes needed for all to live well within planetary boundaries? Why bringing community and nature at the heart of what we do is a powerful drive for transformation? What can adult educators learn from sustainable communities? 

Join us in the workshop for some participatory, heart-felt and fun experiences and practices for community building, engagement and capacity in navigating transformation processes. We will also share inspiration and examples from local, sustainable community-led initiatives across Europe who care for nature and people showing that having a positive socio-ecological impact is possible. 

Workshop 3: Learner voice in action | Room 105

Facilitated by:
Dearbháil Lawless, CEO, AONTAS, Ireland / EAEA Vice-President
Angeliki Giannakopoulou, Project Coordinator, EAEA

Anneloes van Delft, CINOP foundation

Panel Discussion:
Finbarr Savage, adult learner at the Irish Organisation of the Unemployed

Lucy Dempsey, adult learner at the Irish Organisation of the Unemployed
Paula Garry, adult learner at the Childcare Programme in Longford Women’s Link.
Marlies Elderenbosch, CINOP foundation

Ricarda Motschilnig, Policy and Advocacy Officer at the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)

What can adult learning organisations do to encourage learner-led approaches? This workshop will share learner voice practices from across Europe providing insights into theory, policy, and practice. Learners and educators from at least three countries including Ireland, the Netherlands, and Austria will showcase how learners share their experiences, represent their communities, and lead the way to inform policy at national level. Join the workshop to get to know the existing practices in Europe and to reflect on the approaches that would work in your own context. 





This workshop is supported by the Erasmus+ project ENHANCE: ENHancing Adult learNers voiCEs

Workshop 4: Global perspectives on ALE | Room 130

Organised and facilitated by the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE).

What’s the global outlook on adult learning and education? In this workshop, participants will explore diverse international approaches and their far-reaching implications for policy, practice, and personal growth. Engaging sessions will delve into various educational practices worldwide, emphasizing how these approaches shape the learning experiences of adults. Through interactive engagement, attendees will critically assess the adaptability of adult education to different cultural contexts, with a focus on promoting inclusivity and effectiveness. The overarching goal is to empower participants with a profound understanding of global trends in adult education, providing practical insights for integration into their professional endeavors. Ideal for educators, policymakers, and those interested in the adult education sector, this workshop is an opportunity to expand knowledge and network with professionals from around the world.

14:30-15:00 | Coffee Break
15:00 – 15:40
Concert Hall

Adult learning has an impact! How do we make it visible?

Plenary discussion facilitated by Gina Ebner, EAEA

Tuulikki Laes, Researcher at the University of the Arts Helsinki, musician
Katarina Popović, Secretary General of ICAE
Anna Ekström, Former Minister of Education of Sweden, chairperson of RIO 
Alex Stevenson, Learning and Work Institute, UK / European Basic Skills Network and EAEA Executive Board

15:40 – 16:00
Concert Hall

Closing Remarks

Gina Ebner, EAEA Secretary General

Participation Fees: Annual Conference

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

Venue: Annual Conference

Helsinki Conservatory of Music, Ruoholahdentori 6, Helsinki

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