More inclusive and participatory approaches in the design of learning environments can contribute to modernising the way we teach and learn in all education subsystems across Europe. It is about improving learners’ participation and well-being which in turn proves to raise educational attainment.
By improving resilience and outcomes, participative methods have the potential to re-engage individuals who are at risk of failure and dropout, and therefore contribute to the objectives of the ET2020 Agenda.
Well-being should be promoted by providing learners with a learning environment that is open, respectful, caring and safe. Pedagogy that enhances well-being builds positive relationships between educators and learners and is responsive to their individual needs, because “education is not an affair of ‘telling’ and being told, but an active and constructive process”. A learner needs to be considered as an equal partner and given a voice in the educational settings as well as in the management of the institution itself, in an inclusive, learner-centred approach. That is also how they can themselves be encouraged to take active steps in tackling bullying, prejudice and other behaviours negatively impacting well-being.
The Lifelong Learning Platform is member of the Learning for Well Being Community that promotes a holistic approach to learning. Learning for Well-being describes the journey of learning to realize one’s unique potential through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development in relation to self, others and the environment.
The Platform is working on the “Wider Benefits of Learning for Personal Development and Well-being” in the framework of a dedicated working group. Events are also organised to share ideas and practices on this important topic.