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Learning Participation

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.


  • COMANITY, a new programme for youth and social inclusion

    For two years, the Lifelong Learning platform cooperated with 8 organisations (university, research centers, municipality, social cooperative, NGOs) from across the EU to develop a new inclusive programme for youth workers and young people, the COMANITY programme. As the European project is coming to its end and because it was such a great and successful programme, we want to give it a legacy. That’s why we are launching this call […]

  • Event report – “Inclusion at schools: from policy to practice”

    On the 6th of December, in the frame of the 2019 LLLWeek, the “Inclusion at schools: from policy to practice” (agenda) event took place at VLEVA, the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe. It was organised by LLLP with the support of Inscool project partners and EVBB, the European Association of Institutes for Vocational Training.

    See the pictures


    On November 13th, LLLP with the support of COMANITY project partners organised an EU Round Table on the very timely topic of ‘Skills for the Future of Youth work‘ in Brussels (agenda). It was the COMANITY project’s final conference. The event was therefore also a celebration of two years of fruitful collaborative work between the nine organisations that composed the partnership. Over 60 participants from across the EU attended and actively contributed to the discussions. 

    See the photos of the event here

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  • Bridge47 roadmap – what more can we do to reach SDG 4?

    The Bridge 47 network, coordinated by Fingo Finland, met in early November in Helsinki for the Envision 4.7 event to discuss European agenda alignment with the SDG goal 4 and its Target 4.7. 

    Target 4.7 postulates that:

    “By 2030, [we should] ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and […]

  • The role of non-formal and informal learning in ensuring inclusive education

    Inclusiveness is one of the pillars of education: because of our core values, no education system can be considered successful without being inclusive. This is why efforts shall be made to make education as close to our idea of inclusiveness as possible, thriving to understand cultural and social differences without flattening them in a homogeneous maelstrom.

    In these efforts to ensure inclusiveness, a great emphasis shall be placed on the role of civil society organisations, non-formal education providers and other […]

  • Civil Society Day – Outcomes of the Consultation with NGOs

    The Civil Society Day, co-organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and the Lifelong Learning Platform as a follow up to the Future of Learning Forum, was held on 25 January 2019 in Brussels, Belgium.
    Participating NGOs engaged in the topic “Future of Learning: next priorities of the education and training framework considering current societal challenges”. We discussed education and training, and what it needs to take up a more prominent role when addressing demographic […]

  • New publication: briefing paper on Implementing a holistic approach to lifelong learning

    The “well-being” dimension of learning is becoming key in today’s society. Learning plays an important role in improving the quality of people’s lives, in particular the most deprived. In partnership with the Educational Disadvantage Centre, Institute of Education, Dublin City University and Cedefop, the LLLPlatform has addressed the key issue of Community Lifelong Learning Centres as hubs for the blooming of a true lifelong learning approach in our societies. We analysed the current policy context and built on the latest recommendations to […]

  • Press release – Culture and Education for All

    Culture and Education for All: Building the Skills for More Resilient Societies
    Brussels, 16 March 2018
    Civil society organisation[1], European and International Institutions, permanent representations, universities, teachers and stakeholders came together on March 14th to discuss a common approach to linking culture and education. In light of the European Year of Cultural Heritage and the European Commission’s 2017 Communication on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” the debate aimed at discussing possible synergies between the two policy fields […]

  • Consumer Classroom Inter-school Competition 2016-2017

    Nowadays, pupils are familiar with the global fight against climate change towards a more sustainable world. Many of them are wise consumers in the fight against this world challenge, they have learned how to minimize waste and save water. But are they aware of their impact as energy consumers? Young people won’t become wise consumers unless they learn how to improve their energy consumption. The aim of this competition is to bring together secondary school teachers in Europe to […]

  • Turbulent Times: Skills for a Global World

    If recent events have proven anything, it’s that the world in which our young people are growing up is turbulent and unpredictable. Over the past 12 months, Think Global has been working together with OCR to look more closely at questions about the skills young people really need to live and work in such a world.  Read Think Global’s Study here.

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