Guerrilla Literacy Learners
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University College Leuven Limburg (UCLL)
The University College Leuven Limburg (UCLL) is a HEI (Higher Education Institute) in Flanders, Belgium and is part of the University Association Catholic University Leuven (KU Leuven). UCLL is the result of a merging process of three University Colleges: Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven (KH Leuven), Groep T and Katholieke Hogeschool Limburg (KHLim).
UC Limburg (in the past KHLim) is known for the high quality of its teaching, research and regional development. More than 40 bachelor's, master 's and lifelong learning programmes are offered in diverse fields, including health care, social work, business & commerce, education, science & technology and media & design. The strong commitment of the university college to research ensures state-of-the art training programmes for its 6000 students.
Priority domains of the institution are: regional development, blended learning (including development of MOOCs), lifelong learning strategies, internationalisation and research. The research policy focuses on market-driven applied research. The mission of UC Limburg is to develop innovative technology for companies and to transfer new technology to the market. UCLL also provides consultancy and continuing education for local industries, organisations and governments.
UCLL is a member of educational networks across the globe and strongly collaborates with local, regional and national policy-making bodies, resulting in a broad network of stakeholders. UCLL was/is involved in a variety of European projects: under FP7 (OPEN GARMENTS, PATHWAY, JamToday, TRADERS), under LLP (ELENA, SPIN-OFF, EU-Drivers, E-Divide), and other EC programmes (IEE, Daphne, Interreg). Visit our website.
University of La Tuscia - Viterbo, Italy
An Italian mid-size State university located in Viterbo (Lazio), 'La Tuscia' offers BA and MA degrees in Agrarian Studies, Natural Sciences, Economics, Engineering, Humanities and Communication Sciences. In particular DISUCOM, the Department involved in GuLL, includes courses in Italian Language and Literature, Comparative Literatures, Foreign languages, cultures and literatures, Geography, Language Teaching Theory beyond courses in General Linguistics, History, Communication Sciences, History of Arts, Digital Humanities. Many of its lecturers are engaged in teacher training for the Humanities and the Foreign Languages and have strengthened cooperation with the local school net where trainees attend part of their education. Adult education, life-long learning, and professional updating are also promoted both through participation in European projects (Comenius and Grundtvig) and with different initiatives based on blended or totally on-line teaching. The implementation of a personalized moodle platform (UniTusMoodle) to these purposes has triggered off research in teaching/learning methodologies through ICT, has allowed massive testing and the creation of digital teaching materials and has implied dedicated staff training. UniTusMoodle was chosen by MIUR as the hosting platform for all the activities of the project “E-CLIL: per una didattica digitale” (in the years 2011-12), an experimental project anticipating the enforcement of CLIL teachers’ education in the following years in Italy, which will also help processes of internalization inside the university itself. Visit our website.
Asinitas Onlus - Rome, Italy
ASINITAS Onlus is a not-for-profit organization founded in 2005. It is active in the field of education and social work. Its mission is to promote the care, education, training, sheltering and testimony of Italian and foreign adults and minors. Its primary work focuses on promoting processes of inclusion for subjects perceived by society as non-equals, in order to bolster their social presence. Active education, person-centered care, story-telling, and gathering of biographies and testimony are the privileged methodologies. As an interdisciplinary working group it focuses on second language acquisition research with students who have a low level of literacy in their L1 by adapting several methods, from M. Montessori to Freinet, to the Italian experience of active learning with Cemea and the Movement for cooperative learning.
The organization coordinates two schools of Italian as second language for foreign women and mothers, refugees and asylum seekers, and migrants In Rome. The schools also include workshops on manual expression; listening spaces for Italian and foreign women and families; theatre workshops; orientation on health services, culture, education and training; training courses for teachers, educators, socio-cultural operators. The association promotes community participation through different activities and social labs in cooperation with local institutions, local NGOs and population to raise awareness on the issue of international migration and inter-cultural exchange. Visit our website.
Storybag - Hilversum, The Netherlands
Storybag employs storytelling and other narrative approaches for individuals, organizations and teams to support and empower personal-, service- and product development. We believe strongly in the value of story collecting (either in story circles or individual interviews) and story (and vision) development out of that. Not in the least to find hidden (negative) discourses that could interfere and should be re-framed to give new positive impulses. We design and organize in-company and open workshops but also international workshops and trainings in the educational sector with a European scope. The latter in the fields of community-empowerment and (development of) literacy and language skills. Europe’s regard to challenge low literacy to empower citizens in their education and careers has our full attention. Visit our website.
Kating Noored- Estonia
Kating Noored is a small NGO from South of Estonia with 2 members. It started as a local NGO to help develop the parish youth and community work. Kating Noored started with some regional projects and in 2010 we were granted a provincial reward. Soon after, regional projects were set up connected to the Art of Hosting. The NGO has now been partners in several big national and international workshops. Members are trained to work in the field of creativity, story work, enterprise and participatory leadership, because these are the things that our world needs a lot today.
We are one of the leading organisations in the Estonian Art of Hosting community and one of the few organisations to offer Graphic Facilitation. As experts in visual thinking, graphic facilitation and digital learning we are very eager to bring these techniques and strategies into groups where people usually merely rely on their cognitive competences. We are one of the first (if not the only one) to start story work in Estonia. We are innovators who would also like to bring more creativity and "thinking out of box" into education and sustainable outcomes of projects. We believe that this represents one of the biggest challenges in general today. For more about us visit our website.
Colegiul Economic ”Ion Ghica” - Târgoviște, Romania
Colegiul Economic ”Ion Ghica” dedicates itself to the personal and professional training of students in real conditions of quality of the educational process, making it possible for real chances of socio-professional integration and long life learning. Our school is the place where 1300 young people meet each other in order to create their future, to pursue happiness.
We work with passion and generosity for equal opportunities for all young people • Quality assurance of learning • Social Inclusion • Communication and teamwork • Combining tradition with innovation • Tolerance and promoting diversity • Developing a dynamic environment, trust and hope • Fulfilment of expectations of young people and adults • Valuing students' qualities such as creativity, cooperation and imagination • Partnerships and European projects. Visit our website.
36,6 Competence Centre - Poland
36,6 Competence Centre, based in Lodz (Poland) acts as non-formal educational centre being an umbrella institution gathering professionals from many fields establishing interdisciplinary Experts Zone for the local development through international experience exchange. Its staff has experience in EU project since 1999. We are CO.N.E.CT group member (COoperation Network for European CiTizenship based in Brussels). 36,6 CC constitutes so-called “Coffee Club” for Seniors, Youth, Women, Learners with Special Educational Needs, and for vulnerable groups from the region. It gained Certificate of Reliability in 2012 by KRD BIG S.A. supervised by the Ministry of Economy.
The target group are local society members regardless their age, gender, nationality, cultural background, religion belief, level of education, marital or material status requiring further development so to acquire knowledge and skills adjusted to the changeable situation on the labour market on one hand and so to be included to the local society on the other. Visit our website.
Palacky University - Olomouc, Czech Republic
Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci (Palacky University in Olomouc, PU) is one of the oldest universities in Central Europe. In response to the 440-year tradition of higher education it is a renowned centre for teaching and research. With more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students at eight faculties, it provides quality education and excellent background for research in a wide range of academic disciplines.
In the spirit of Frantisek Palacky, the Czech scholar and enlightener whose name the University bears, the Faculty of Education of Palacky University strives for the union of tradition, universality, and modernism in the process of educating future teachers and other professionals involved in education. Its high priority is to stimulate the development of education in the Olomouc region, as well as to ensure the success of its graduates in the wider European context.
PU belongs among the top Czech research universities and hosts several internationally recognized research centers.
The Faculty of Education offers full-time, part-time and individual studies within the bachelor's, magister’s and doctoral degree programmes. Visit our website.
NETRA - Budapest, Hungary
Netra is a young creative consulting company in Budapest, Hungary. Or main aim is to create the best environment for collaboration and creation of new, innovative ideas. We believe in the individual and apply mostly participative methods in order to make our business partners feel their ownership about each issue. Therefore, during our work we take human centred design approach, we apply design thinking, agile and service design methods in order to achieve sustainable results. Our areas of expertise are management consulting, monitoring and evaluation, project Management, Conducting strategic planning workshops.
The CEO of the company, Judit Kertesz, is an experienced management consultant, business coach and creativity ecology consultant. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gilfillan Partnership - Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
Research and Evaluation Services
The Gilfillan Partnership is an SME which provides specialist research, evaluation and fundraising support services. Based in London, UK, it employs two permanent directors and a network of specialist associates who work on specific projects. The Gilfillan Partnership directors are members of the Social Research Association, the main UK body for promoting quality and ethics in social research.
The Gilfillan Partnership has been evaluating UK and EU projects for 14 years and has carried out over 150 evaluations during this time. The company is experienced in a wide range of evaluation approaches using both quantitative and qualitative methods, including theory of change evaluation, process evaluation, difference in difference evaluation, impact evaluation and randomised control trial evaluation.
The Gilfillan Partnership has evaluated a variety of transnational projects in the field of lifelong learning, including projects developing innovative tools and resources to support; entrepreneurship among older people and for other disadvantaged groups; interpreter training for refugees and migrants; and, the development of language and literacy skills in disadvantaged communities.