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International projects

We here at Työväen Akatemia appreciate the benefits of cooperation with both local and international bodies. Over the years we have been involved in a range of projects with partners here in Finland, in Europe and further afield too.

The aim of our project work is to improve the quality of our teaching and guidance, and to broaden the future possibilities for our students.

Current projects

At present, we are involved in two Erasmus+ projects funded by the European Commission.

The Fit 4 Digital Linguistic Education project (2020 – 2023) aims to improve digital and online language teaching by creating a European knowledge base of digital competences which can be used by language educators in their teaching. The project will create an online assessment tool to help teachers identify areas in which they need further professional development, and will produce a variety of training and other resources to support language teachers in the digital and online landscape.

Knowledge of foreign languages is increasingly important for professional success, while those who move to live and work abroad also need a good knowledge of the language of their new host to promote their integration into society. Therefore, the Fit4DigiLinE project aims to extend the competences of language educators and to enhance their teaching skills. The learning materials produced by the project will include not only digital skills, but social and personal skills too. This project will therefore make a valuable contribution to “Extending and developing the competences of educators and other personnel who support adult learners” in adult education.

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Reaching the Stars aims to develop guidance and counselling in adult education by collecting and creating practices that can help adult learners to reach their personal goals, as well as to broaden their vision for the future. The project began in January 2022 and will run for 26 months, until the end of February 2024.

The plan is to produce three concrete outputs:

  1. A collection of guidance and counselling practices which can be used by counsellors to map adult learners’ career goals.
  2. A card game which adult learners themselves can use to reflect on their own competences and objectives.
  3. An online tool which counsellors can use in support of more traditional guidance and counselling.

Reaching the Stars continues in the footsteps of a previous Erasmus+ project, Improving Guidance and Counselling, where the project consortium collected practices for recognising the competences of adult learners. Reaching the Stars will advance the previous work by focusing on how adult learners can reach their goals while taking into account their personal competences and background. Accordingly, the project centres on the concept of hope-based guidance and counselling, which means that it places an empahsis on helping adult learners to better envision their own hopes and wishes for the future.

The coordinator of the project is Työväen Akatemia (Finland). The project partners are Deinde sp. z o.o (Poland), Ljudska univerza Celje (Slovenia) and Education in Progress (Italy).

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Previous projects

  • Improving Guidance and Counselling in Adult Learning, which aimed to develop student guidance. More information in Finnish here:  Link
  • SHARE the Badge, which developed a range of digital open badges More in Finnish here:  Link
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In addition, we have been a partner in two Nordplus projects funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers:

  • Basic Skills for Digital Age, which aims to develop training in basic digital skills. More in Finnish here: Link
  • Drama Activates Citizenship, which aims to develop active citizenship through the means of drama.
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