With more than 25% of EU citizens being affected by social exclusion, contributing to overcoming social marginalisation is becoming increasingly important. Even though education and learning cannot guarantee (social) success, they are increasingly necessary aspects when aiming at that success (Istance, 1997; De Greef et al, 2010; Lupi et al., 2011). In particular, adult education is one of the best ways to prevent social exclusion (De Greef 2009) as it ensures that people remain involved in society and with others.
It is of utmost importance for an adult education institution to scaffold the learners in using the newly acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) in their daily life during the courses. A strong tool to create these transfer possibilities and enhance participants’ social inclusion is to bridge formal and non-formal learning. Due to that fact, ‘Life, All-In’ focuses on the synergy between non-formal and formal learning in L2 programmes, with non-formal learning seen as a lever for optimizing formal learning activities (cognitive, social and motivational) and in turn to enhance social inclusion of participants.
The overall objective of this European funded project is to contribute to social inclusion and integration of participants in L2 adult education by developing the synergy between formal and non-formal learning. The specific objectives of the project are:
1. Defining to which extent adult education providers implement conditions for formal and NFIL (non-formal and informal) of L2 for social inclusion;
2. Providing recommendations and tool kits for institutions and policy makers for bridging formal and NFIL L2;
3. Providing a good practice example and fostering networking & exchange of practices between adult education institutions within the L2 training programmes for enhancing social inclusion.
The ‘Life, All-In’ consortium members come from Belgium, Finland, Italy, Macedonia and Norway. The project will run from September 2014 until December 2016.