Learning Partnerships

The Grundtvig Learning Partnership is a framework for practical co-operation activities between organisations working in the field of adult learning in the broadest sense – formal, non-formal or informal. Compared with the generally larger-scale Grundtvig multilateral co-operation projects, which are more ‘product’ – or outcome-oriented, the partnerships focus more on process, and aim to broaden in particular the participation of smaller organisations wishing to include European co-operation in their education activities.

In a Grundtvig Learning Partnership trainers and learners from at least three participating
countries work together on one or more topics of common interest to the co-operating
organisations. This exchange of experiences, practices and methods contributes to an increased awareness of the varied European cultural, social and economic scene, and to a better understanding of areas of common interest in the area of adult learning.

One of the participating organisations must act as coordinator. It is strongly advised to indicate at application stage which of the partners volunteer to act as replacement coordinators, should the original coordinator be rejected in the selection procedure.

The participating organisations are encouraged to monitor and evaluate their transnational work and to interconnect it with the initiatives of their local community. They are also encouraged to cooperate with organisations and authorities at the national level, to ensure a sound basis for their ideas and activities and open up channels for dissemination. This will maximise the value of the transnational exchange, promote the circulation of good practice, and thus ensure the wider impact of results.

The following activities may be supported:

  •  Partner meetings and seminars between all institutions involved in the Partnership
  •  Exchanges of staff and adult learners involved in project activities
  •  Exchanges of experience and good practice, by all appropriate means and in particular  using information and communication technology (e.g. websites, e-mail, video-  conferencing)
  •  Making of technical objects, drawings and arts objects related to the project
  •  Fieldwork, project research, etc.
  •  Preparation of performances (e.g. theatre plays, musicals, etc.)
  •  Linguistic preparation for persons involved in the Partnership to ensure they possess  the
  •  necessary competence in the working language(s) of the partnership
  •  Co-operation with other projects in related subject areas (in particular Partnerships,  projects and networks supported by Grundtvig) and sharing experience with other  institutions in the region, etc., including mobility to relevant events organised by these
  •  Self-evaluation activities
  •  Organisation of exhibitions, production and dissemination of information material or
  •  documentation on the co-operation activities
  •  Dissemination of project experience and outcomes

In Grundtvig Learning Partnerships focusing on learner participation, learners should be actively involved in the project and their mobility should be encouraged as much as possible. Partnerships in the most mobility-intensive category, i.e. those with at least 24 ”mobilities”, must involve mobility for a minimum of 16 adult learners.

Learning Partnerships focusing on management of adult education and/or teaching methods provide teachers, trainers and other adult education staff with the opportunity to exchange experience and information, to develop together methods and approaches which meet their needs, and to test and put into practice new organisational and pedagogical approaches.

In all cases, projects can involve co-operation with bodies from the local community, such as local authorities, social services, associations and enterprises. Among the learners, particular attention is given to including people from disadvantaged social
groups where possible.
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