Every year, European Association for the Education of Adults is searching for adult education projects from Europe and beyond demonstrating innovation and excellence in adult learning and education (ALE). EAEA Grundtvig Award calls attention to initiatives that realise new and innovative ideas, establish new partnerships, develop new methodologies and support a modern understanding of adult education. In 2023 the theme of the Award is Adult Learning and the Green Transition.
The real, observable impact of climate change and environmental degradation is raising imminent and future threats not only to the economy as a whole, but also to communities, farmers and citizens. Those existential crises also directly affect the adult learning and education (ALE) sector, which can contribute to the betterment of those crises.
As shown by EAEA in its Concept Paper on Adult Learning and the Green Transition, there is a strong correlation between sustainability issues and political participation: better-informed citizens not only engage more often at the personal level but also engage in collective climate action.
Over the past years, adult learning and education sector has been deeply afflicted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the financial implications that came with it for the ALE organisations. On top of that, the energy crisis is increasingly affecting the ALE sector, as learning centres in many regions of Europe are struggling to pay their energy bills and again have to reduce their learning offers or increase learner fees. This, in turn, has a negative impact on the inclusion of the most vulnerable groups of learners.
Against this background, EAEA is looking for innovative, creative and successful adult learning and education initiatives, programmes or projects that are dedicated to the green transition.
We are especially looking for initiatives which support giving adult learners a strong voice, promote policy coherence at all levels, provide support to ALE providers and organisations, build partnerships for ALE and the green transition, promote transnational approaches, focus on joint advocacy activities, and promote transformative ALE for green and sustainable change.
We are looking for projects and initiatives that fulfil one or more of the following aims:
The winners gain:
We will award excellent adult education and learning initiatives that have demonstrated a strong and innovative approach to ALE and Green Transition.
You may apply under either of the categories below. Programmes can be from EU and non-EU countries (from the Council of Europe).
Projects, initiatives or partnerships can but need not be supported by the European Commission. They can, but do not need to be Erasmus+ projects.
The initiative, programme or partnership should be up and running for at least 3 months at the time of application. It must present evidence of outputs such as a report, website, or any other verification form. We also accept finished projects, but they should have ended within two years of the Grundtvig Award ceremony (June 2023).
Initiatives, programmes or partnerships can cover any relevant topic in adult education.
The applications will be checked against the following criteria:
Please fill in the form below with the following information:
2. Explanation of the impact:
You may submit a description of your project, initiative or partnership in English. Entries must be received by filling in an application form for the Grundtvig Award up until 25 March 2023. It is possible to send attachments (maximum file size 20 M) with the form.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact christin.cieslak (at) eaea.org.