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Ten year anniversary for the Grundtvig programme

05/10/2010 // Grundtvig, EUs programme for adult learning, is celebrating its ten year anniversary. Norway is a part of the Grundtvig programme through the EEA-agreement.

Grundtvig aims to provide adults with more ways to improve their knowledge and skills, facilitate their personal development and boost their employment prospects, through financial support for training, exchange programmes and project cooperation. According to the European Commission, this support has renewed relevance, due to the tough conditions on the labour market after the recession.

The Grundtvig-programme is one of the European Commission’s  four sub-programmes for Lifelong Learning. The other programmes are; Comenius for schools, Erasmus for higher education and Leonardo Da Vinci for vocational education and training.

Norway participating from the beginning
Norway has participated in the Grundvig programme from the beginning, and has had many successful and interesting projects. 31 countries participate in the programme, the 27 EU member states, the EFTA countries Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein plus the EU candidate country Turkey. The programme might be opened for additional countries in the future.

Over the past decade, the programme has invested 370 million euros in the adult education sector and provided 17 000 grants for organisations involving an estimated 500 000 participants. The Grundtvig programme has enabled many to share experiences with similar organisations in other EU countries.

The Grundtvig programme targets adults that left school with few or no qualifications. The programme provides a new chance to those who have missed opportunities for education earlier in life. The programme aims to facilitate cooperation between institutions working with adult learning, support training for those working on the field, and support product development beneficiary for the sector.

– Grundtvig gives adults of all ages a second chance to gain skills and qualifications which will improve their job prospects and personal development, said Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at a press conference.  

– The programme supports a wide range of organisations, with a strong focus on disadvantaged adults. It is a vital part of the European Commission’s strategy for lifelong learning and will contribute to our Youth on the Move initiative and the Europe 2020 goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, explained Vassiliou.

Named after advocate for lifelong learning
The Grundtvig programme is named after the Danish philosopher and theologian Nikolaj Gruntvig (1783-1872). He is regarded as the father of the Folk High School movement, which emerged in Denmark in the 19th century, and spread to the other Nordic countries. Grundtvig advocated that adults should be educated, to make them better able to serve the society.  In his opinion, class room education had its limits, and that life long learning was the key to success.

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