Erasmus+ BIC

KA2 - Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Strategic Partnerships for adult education 2016-2018

Project Title
Boosting individual competences


Volkshochschule Olching e.V. - Germany (coordinator organisation)
CPIA - Centro Provinciale per l'istruzione degli Adulti di Padova - Italy
FeCEAV - Federación de Colectivos de Educación de Personas Adultas de Valladolid - Spain

Project Summary
BIC, Boosting Individual Competences, is a strategic partnership for adult education based on the cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices between four partners. The partnership involves: Volkshochschule Olching e.V. , VHS Olching, Germany; Federación de Colectivos de Educación de Personas Adultas de Valladolid, FeCEAV, Spain;  Centro Provinciale per l'Istruzione degli Adulti - CPIA di Padova, Italy; Greta du Velay- Lycee Charles et Adrien Dupuy, Le Puy en Velay, France. The project is  coordinated  by Volkshochschule Olching e.V. , Germany, and has a duration of 27 months (from 01-10-16 to 31-12-18).
This project is meant to build up, design and share activities, with the implementation of methodologies such as Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and Learning with all Senses in adult education, to support teaching refugees, migrants, minorities (Roma), disabled people as well as socially disadvantaged people and multi-cultural classes, through the exploitation and development of the activities, documentation and picture databank created in two previous European Grundtvig projects, “Voices in Pictures” (VIP) and “Visualisation”. 
Partners aim at improving and extending the offer of high quality learning opportunities for adults through the exchange of good practices in literacy, numeracy, language and general knowledge courses to support integration efforts and to respond to the need for inclusion, also given the continuous immigration that Europe is experiencing, in a lifelong learning perspective. 
Through the design and implementation of effective activities to enhance basic skills and key competences in adult schooling, BIC project will develop resources specifically meant for adults with low language or basic skills competence or illiterate who need to improve their education. Didactical material, activities and resources will be created, tested and evaluated with the cooperation of learners. 
This project also aims at exchanging experiences in teaching and presenting relevant educational steps to be done in order to meet the needs of the newcomers in European countries. A paper called “Definition of Relevant Educational Steps to Facilitate Inclusion” (DRESFI) will be edited to sensitise teachers/tutors and responsible people in Adult Education and General Education on the importance of their role for successful integration. 
The intention of the partners is to broaden results reached in former projects - especially in LLL projects “Voices in Pictures” (VIP) and “Visualisation” -  in which the thematic priority was teaching with the help of visual tools, with the implementation of further methodological approaches.
CLIL and Learning with all Senses approaches will be implemented to reach all types of learners, independently of  their educational and cultural background, and to create new resources which combine L2 language and content learning to improve individual competences and to respond to the personal needs of the target groups. 
The project will also promote awareness of the importance of growing cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe as well as the adoption of an open-minded attitude towards multiculturalism and will be based on the cooperation of learners.
The four partners work with and develop projects for participants with basic levels of training, mostly ethnic minorities, disadvantaged people and immigrants and offer educational and cultural programs to develop personal autonomy, socio-cultural promotion, acquisition and strengthening core competences. They assist young people and adults without the compulsory degree or without the needed qualifications to access other levels of the official education. They provide courses  in response to the local needs. They have developed extensive networks of collaboration with other associations at local, regional as well as national level. They work on the issue of specific learning resources for Adult Education and manage innovative projects to improve learning.
Target students will get involved in detecting their interests, motivations, needs. They will be invited to take part in the design of activities as these will be developed especially for them and will focus on their needs. They will be encouraged take over a leading role in the creativity process of designing learning contents. They will be invited to evaluate activities on a simple form designed in accordance to rules of Quality Management.  The positive assessment of these actions by students will be the key of the project. They will validate the training and materials designed with their contributions and participation, they will contribute to the evaluation in the final process.
The teacher teamwork will be specialized in working with basic levels.
A "Travelling Scarf" of solidarity is going to be created by all partners and presented to representatives of the European Commission.
In Portugal, poverty and exclusion have been widely spread for years, sharpened by the crisis and the cuts in the social Budget. 24.5% of the European population was at risk of poverty and exclusion, and Portugal this rate reached 27.5% (INE 2014). UAb- Life-long learning works directly with 2,000 teachers who will multiply their action as trainers of new teachers for disadvantaged people, according to its rationale.

28.3% of Italian people are estimated to be at risk of poverty of in a situation of social exclusion (Istat). The CPIA faces this problem acting over more than 5,000 students.

In France, there are more than 10% of unemployed people, and elderly people are the more exposed. Most of them did not graduate from school or university and, the lower qualified they are the more touched they are by unemployment. The French government leads politics in order to help unemployed people and also vulnerable people in general thanks to professional trainings.

Unemployment backlashes harshly the most vulnerable (Red Cross Social Vulnerability section), i.e. our target people: elderly people, women in social difficulty, poverty and social exclusion, the differently-abled, dropouts, refugees and immigrants, whose situation is  dangerous as 35% of immigrants in Europe at severe risk of poverty and marginality (2014).These problems have an INTERNATIONAL origin and the best way to proceed is by sharing solution strategies between areas having the same problem.
Pietro Gusso,
25 nov 2016, 07:17