Adult Educational offers on European policies and contents:
 a catalogue of the best examples

The Grundtvig learning partnership "AEforEU" endeavors to investigate into European adult education offers with regards to European policies and to European contents. Seven partners from Austria (VHS Wien / VHS Landstraße, Roma Kulturzentrum Wien), Sweden (Norrköpings Stadsmuseum), Germany (Sprachendienst Konstanz, Hamburger VHS), France (ID Formation) and Belgium (EU WAREHOUSE) will assemble a catalogue of good examples and best practice. A strong motive to all partners is to create and provide innovative education and information offers on European topics and issues.

The attitude towards European Union has declined in the member countries.
A comparison of the figures of the Euro barometer of 2001 and 2012 shows that the image of the EU (42% positive and 18% negative in 2001) is almost balanced ten years later: 31% positive and 28% negative in the member countries.
Trust in the European Union, its institutions and organs went down from 41% to 31% within a decade.

At the same time, only 21% of EU citizens feel themselves well informed about the EU, means 79% do not feel sufficiently informed.

These are the two main findings on which our project proposal is based: concrete answers to the question "How can the Adult Education in Europe help to improve the image of the EU, and at the same time improve the ways and methods informing citizens about European issues?"

Every partner is convinced of the idea of cooperation in Europe; the main concern is the rising antagonism towards EU agencies and politics, and the rise of nationalism in some European countries.

We want to give positive and constructive examples of cooperation and innovation. Project activities will support the upcoming elections to the European parliament in 2014; we are not a political movement, still many of us are engaged in different pro-European activities. The more the general public will hear about European ideas, culture and languages, the more these people will conceive the importance of European cooperation.

All of the consortium members did cooperate in different projects; they know the various competences and strength of the institutions involved.

The common questionnaire worked out at the first project meeting will lay a solid ground to the activities to follow; and it will be a perfect example of involving European citizens in a realistic working process.

The competition following the questionnaires will draw the interest of the general public to our project activities, and it will attract local media as well to write and broadcast the event.

We believe that, particularly in the European Year of Citizens, the active participation of citizens is an important signal for the development of democracy in the participating countries and in Europe.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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