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eaea Grundtvig Award - Excellence in Education
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The EAEA Grundtvig Award was launched in 2003 by EAEA in order to recognise and cel-ebrate excellence in adult educa on; The Award is given to an organisation on or project consortium who present the best transnatonal project in adult learning; The Award has a different theme each year; It reaches out to every region in Europe; It inspires the practioners, course providers, and project participants value their work, and to link more closely with one another.

4/10/2017 to 4/16/2017
When: Monday, April 10, 2017
Where: United States

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In 2017, EAEA Grundtvig Award will be given to a project successful in engaging new learners. One of the key challenges in adult education is often described as the ‘Matthew effect’ – those who have will be given more and those who don’t will have less. This means that those who already have higher levels of education are more likely to paricipate in adult education. Partly this is due to the fact that they are more likely to be in the kinds of jobs where their employers o er training through their companies, but also because they more likely have positive experiences with learning and are therefore more likely to participate voluntarily.

Main aims:

•To raise awareness, at a European level, about adult education initiatives for engaging new learners
• To raise awareness for the importance of adult education when it comes to helping people out of the ‘low-skills trap’
• To celebrate the creativity when reaching out to new learners


We will award excellent adult education and learning projects with the topic “Engaging new learners” in three categories:

1. European projects

• Projects of EU + candidate countries that have a transnational partnership in at least 3 countries;
• Projects of other European countries that have a transnational element.

2. International projects (from outside of Europe)

• Projects that have either a transnational element or a strong national or local partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders.

3. National or regional projects

• Projects implemented on national or regional levels that have a strong national or local partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders and show innovative ways of working with new learners.

We welcome nominations from European Commission (Grundtvig/ Erasmus+) funded projects or projects which are funded elsewhere.


• The project must clearly demonstrate that it is in line with the theme “engaging new learners”;
• It must have evidence of outputs such as a report, website, DVD, or any form of verification;
• It is desirable that the project is transferable and/or useful for others;
• The presentation of a learner’s story will be seen as a plus;
• The project or the initiative should be up and running for at least a few months and/or be close to completion;
• We also accept finished projects but they should have ended within two years of the Grundtvig ceremony (i.e. June 2015);
• We are looking particularly for projects that demonstrate creativity and new forms of working with learners who have not participated in adult learning previously.

All participants gain:

• The certificate of attendance;
• Appearance in the EAEA Grundtvig Award publication that will be distributed in EAEA’s events and networks;
• International visibility in EAEA’s social media channels and EAEA website.

The winners gain:

• Recognition and honour;
• The certificate of attendance;
• An EAEA Grundtvig award (a piece of art or handicraft);
• An invitation to a person of the winning organisations to the EAEA General Assembly 2017 in Girona, Spain (27/28 June 2017) and the EAEA Grundtvig Award Ceremony including travel and accommodation;
• Key slot in the EAEA Grundtvig Award publica on that will be distributed in EAEA’s events and networks;
• International visibility of the project in EAEA’s social media channels and EAEA website also a er the ceremony;
• Appearance in EAEA’s press-release a er the competiton.

Adult education organisations have been very creative in reaching out to new learners, and this year’s Grundtvig Award will celebrate these initiatives. This is particularly important within the policy context – the Council Recommendations on ‘Upskilling Pathways’ have just been launched, and one of the objectives is to reach out to new groups of learners.

How To Participate

Please ll in a submission form at award/eaea-grundtvig-award-2017/ submis-sion.html by 16 April.

If the project material is in another language than English, please provide a short English summary.

Possible supporting material can be sent by email to or by post to:

EAEA office
To the attention of Ms Gina Ebner
Mundo-J, Rue de l’Industrie 10
B-1000 Brussels

More information about EAEA and the Award: vig-award.html.

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