Every year, EAEA looks to adult education projects from Europe and further for their demonstrations of innovation and excellence. The EAEA Grundtvig Award highlights project results that produce new ideas, new partnerships, new methodologies and a new understanding of how we can work in adult education. This year’s theme is digitalisation and democracy.
In light of all the recent events, the world is moving to a digital-first society, as relationships, institutions and workplaces are increasingly becoming mediated by technology. While digital technologies have the power to platform everyone, there is still a lot of work to be done towards representativeness, openness and transparency. The digital gap has acutely widened, exposing a large group of the population with little or no basic digital skills, access and opportunities.
Developing alternative mechanisms and offers on how the internet can promote democracy, disseminate them and promote critical thinking as well as media literacy is of utmost importance. In this, a clear strategy needs to be developed on how Adult Education can contribute to the promotion of democracy with the help of digital media/internet and what preconditions must be created for this to develop concrete approaches to adult learners. The goal is to enforce the power of the people in public decision making and personal development, providing access to digital outlets, and creating safe spaces for active engagement in international digital contexts.
Against this background we are specifically encouraging initiatives involving participatory processes and methods. Co-creation, collaboration and participatory initiatives are vital to build digital citizenship and promote engagement to apply for this year’s Grundtvig Award. We are looking for projects and initiatives that fufill one or more of the following aims.
All participants gain:
The winners gain:
We will award excellent adult education and learning initiatives that have demonstrated the interconnection between digitalization and democracy in adult learning and education.
You may apply under either of the categories below. Programmes can be from EU and non-EU countries (from the Council of Europe).
1. Local, regional or national:
Programmes or initiatives can but need not be supported by the European Commission. They can, but need not be Erasmus+ projects.
The programme or initiative should be up and running for at least 3 months. It must have evidence of outputs such as a report, website, or any other form of verification. We also accept finished projects but they should have ended within two years of the Grundtvig Award ceremony (i.e. June 2019).
The initiatives/ programmes can cover any relevant topic in adult education.
The applications will be checked against the following criteria:
Outstanding creativity and innovation of the idea, or innovative means of delivery.
The programme and its outcomes being transferable for other regions will be seen as a bonus.
Plans and capacity to upscale (where relevant) will be seen as a bonus.
Excellence of programme presentation in terms of writing, summarising and supporting with pictures.
Effectiveness of the programme (how the outcomes have been reached, or show promise of being reached).
The programme must clearly demonstrate how it aims at making a positive difference to, or impacton learners’ lives and the lives of their families, friends, colleagues and/or the community and will improve the outreach of adult education opportunities in their area.
The presentation of testimonials from learners or trainers will be seen as a bonus.
Focusing on one specific target group will be seen as a bonus, irrespective of the nature of said group.
Please fill in the form below with the following information:
You may submit a description of your programme in English. Entries must be received by filling in the application form for the Grundtvig Award up until 25 April 2021 (new deadline). It is possible to send attachments (maximum file size 20 M) with the form, or you can send attachments by email. If you have any printed or similar evidence, please sent it to:
To the attention of Ms Gina Ebner
Rue de l’Industrie 10
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.