Welcome to the course “Promoting inclusion in adult learning organisations”! 

This course was developed within the project CONSIDER that aims to enhance the quality of adult training services services through cultivating the inclusion culture in adult learning organisations at managerial and training level. 

In 2000-2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) implemented an action programme under the motto “Education for all”. This title probably reflects the true nature of the inclusion most accurately: all persons regardless of their background, gender, age or ability should not only have equal rights, but also equal opportunities to participate in the life of society – and education is one of its most important aspects. This idea was further on reinforced by the Sustainable development Goals adopted in 2015: SDG 4 specifically undertakes to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.  

Adult learning organisations still face a lot of challenges in terms of ensuring real inclusion on their premises – this is, first and foremost, explained by the lack of legal regulations, guidance and, in some cases, systemic thinking. To create an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all learners, coherent measures should be undertaken on all levels: strategic (an institution’s mission and vision), operational (physical and virtual infrastructure, working procedures), educational (design and delivery of inclusive training offers) and others.  

In this sense, executive staff becomes the main advocate of inclusion principles and has to steadily convey them to the staff, partners and external actors, as well as to make sure these principles are followed. That is why this course is targeted specifically at the managers of adult learning institutions.  

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:  

  • get acquainted with the concept of inclusion and its role in education, 

  • get an insight into the needs of vulnerable population groups as regards adult learning,  

  • revise own practices as regards inclusion,  

  • relevant strategic documents and specific inclusion measures as regards management, infrastructure, design and delivery of educational offers, communication and collaboration with stakeholders.  

The course is meant for 20 hours of self-paced learning and includes articles, videos, case studies and interactive exercises.  

Once you complete the course, you may send an email to the address ____________________, and we will issue a certificate certifying the completion of the course. Please note: a mandatory condition for receiving the certificate is the completion of the assessment tests at the end of each unit, and a final assessment test.  

Good luck!