On 21 – 28 August, Riga hosted DVV International annual Summer School. The aim of Summer School was to introduce key national stakeholders with the core theoretical concepts and international praxis in adult education and lifelong learning that would strengthen institutional development in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus.
Summer Academy target group included national experts and participants from Ukraine, Moldova, and Belarus representing institutions and organizations that are main national stakeholders for the further sustainable professionalization of adult education and lifelong learning in each country. Besides, representatives from Uzbekistan non-formal educational sector and Latvian adult education institutions also joined educational sessions of Summer Academy.
The participants were from higher education and research institutions, civil society organizations, key practitioners in adult education that have relevant experience in carrying out trainings for AE specialists in respective countries who would contribute to the development of curricula, guides, training materials, and professionalization of adult educators.
One of the main topics of Summer Academy was professionalization of adult education. Sustainable professionalization of adult education and lifelong learning in each country of Eastern Neighbours Region requires a core group of practitioners in adult education, who will contribute to elaboration of curricula, guidebooks, training materials and have relevant experience to conduct hereafter trainings for the professionals in adult education and lifelong learning. To be ready to do that on a high level participants were introduced with best practices, international approaches and learning theories in professionalization of adult education.
International experts from Latvia, Germany and USA offered insights on transformative learning, self-directed learning, biographical learning and ethics in adult education. The experts shared the experience of implementation of these practices in their own countries and discussed with participants the integration of modern international approaches in their coutnries.
Participats also took part in study visits to the Centers of Adult Education in Cesis and Jelgava town, Novikontas Maritime College and Commercial Center located in Riga to better understand the processes and effective functioning of various institutions in the adult education system. Trainings that were organized at the centers were based on real learning needs of adults, taking into consideration economic and political context of respective region.
The training has been jointly organized and conducted by Anita Jacobsone (Regional Director of DVV International at the region of the Eastern Neighbors); Saskia Yeshenbaher (Researcher and Lecturer at the Department of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of Augsburg (Germany)); Tatiana Kloubert (Doctoral student and Researcher of the Department of Pedagogy, Adult and Continuing Education of the University of Augsburg (Germany)); Yedvard Taylor (Professor of Adult Education at the University of Penn State Harrisburg (USA)) and Toms Urdze (Member of the Latvian Management Training Company Saliedet.Lv, who specializes in teams development and leadership (Latvia).