Voices of the Participants
Photos on this page by Erica Sahlin
Balázs Nemeth, Hungary
As a teacher of adult teachers at the University of Pece, Balázs thinks that EAEA has a very important mission. The issues about equal opportunities are relevant to each target group. But here we also got a reminder that we have different problems to solve in different parts of Europe. The discussions about active citizenship and how to gain representation for all groups of citizens have also been valuable for him. Many groups are excluded from politics. This a new and important policy area for me to address, he underlines.
Evelin Tamm, Estonia
Evelin was very surprised when he got the news that she and her partners in the project consortium “Deaf are not Deaf” would get the Grundtvig Award 2007. She was happy to be invited. “I am proud and surprised”, she says. She wouldn’t have found her own way to this conference so this was a huge leap for her with all the contacts she now got. She was also very inspired with the Open Space discussion about the digital divide. The equal opportunity issues are really very important for her.
Theo Van Maderen, Belgium
Theo, who works for SoCius, is concerned with the barriers preventing people to take part in adult education and training. We need to overcome those barriers, he said. I want to meet people to network with here and discuss issues like this.
“Susan Waddingtons ten points of recommendations concerning how to be more efficient in valuing skills of refugees and immigrants in the UK I will bring home and discuss with my colleagues”, he declares.
Valda Liekne, Latvia
Valda is an adult educator involved with rural development and works for a Iecava community council close to Riga.
She was proud that the conference took place in Latvia and hoped that it would make it easier for the legislators in her country to pass laws on lifelong learning.
Consumer education is also very important. It belongs to the life skills and should be integrated in all subjects. That would only take small changes but would serve a great purpose.
Balázs Németh, University of Pécs, Hungary
Evelin Tamm, Grundtvig award winning project, Estonia
Theo Van Maderen, SoCiuS, Belgium
Valda Liekne, IECAVA Community Council, Latvia