Lifelong Learning Centres Dolenjska | Center vseživljenjskega učenja Dolenjska

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Country/partner countries

Project lead partner/organization and contact person (e-mail, links) project website
RIC Novo mesto (SI)
Project coordinator: Marjeta Gašperšič

Tel: 07 393 45 51, 031 305 750

Project information – start and end date (if available)
1. 1. 2008 - 31. 12. 2013

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
The European Union has set a daring goal to become the most competitive and the most dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world which can be achieved only by providing access to knowledge and qualifications for every individual to be a socially and economically active participant in everyday life. Naturally, this cannot be possible without a diverse, coherent and permanent lifelong learning strategy. 14 Slovenian Lifelong Learning Centres are active within the framework of six annual projects financed by European Social Funds and the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports. Their main purpose is to encourage and create the participation of adults in lifelong learning. The operational concept of Lifelong Learning Centres as targeted projects on a time limit is based on the Operational Programme for Human Resources Development 2007–2014, which aims at higher employability and social inclusion of adults, at the reduction of regional disparities and at better quality of life. The main aims of Lifelong Learning Centres are:
- to include the highest possible number of people from the region in all forms of lifelong learning and follow the aims of 2007–2013 regional development programme for human resources development;
- to increase employability, form visibility within Slovenia, nurture cognitive flexibility and unite and unify social community;
- to provide access to guidance and information in the field of learning and education to the widest possible range of inhabitants in the region and consequently increasing the number of inhabitants participating in different suitable forms of lifelong learning and education;
- to provide access to organized informal learning to the widest possible range of inhabitants in the region and consequently increase the participation of inhabitants in lifelong learning with adequate material and expert support;
- to develop and provide access to innovative learning forms and materials such as e-learning and blended learning, in tune with modern living, labour market requirements and individual’s personal development;
- to promote lifelong learning and the meaning and new possibilities for individuals and society arising from inclusion in lifelong learning;
- to connect the needs of individuals with labour market requirements and the development directive of the region which aims at an appropriate and
coordinated development of human resources in the region.

Results of the project
Lifelong Learning Centres act as models of long-term oriented integration of all key providers of information and guidance activities, of different forms of
lifelong learning and organised individual learning in the region. All Lifelong Learning Centres are implemented by adult education centres which have
the longest tradition of educating adults in Slovenia. They develop and provide educational programmes for adults ranging from primary school for adults to postsecondary education, as well as various training programmes for personal, professional or civic needs.

All organisations active in the area of adult education are taking part in the partner network. These are educational institutions involved exclusively
or partially in adult education. Other institutions are important as well, such as Employment Services and non-governmental organisations that unite target groups focused on by Lifelong Learning Centres. More than 220,000 people have benefited from Lifelong Learning Services in Slovenia since 2008.

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
All 14 Lifelong Learning Centres primarily focus on socially excluded target groups. The projects of Lifelong Learning Centres are implemented by adult education centres in cooperation with partners involved in education and lifelong learning of adults in relevant regions. The inclusion of adults, aged from 25 to 65, in informal education in Slovenia is quite high. Reaching 36.2% in 2007 it exceeded the EU-27 average by 3.5%. However, we still fall far behind economically more developed countries such as Sweden or Finland. According to adult education survey (2009), Slovenia’s international position based on the inclusion of adults in informal education is very favourable but we have to be careful not to neglect major disparities in socioeconomic characteristics. Various studies mention these disparities which further prove that adults participate according to their socio-economic situation.

Sources of funding
Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (SI)


Document - materials that incurred in the project
Opening the Path to Knowledge, Booklet of Lifelong Learning Centers Slovenia