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EU Project: Professionalization of Literacy and Basic Education – Basic Modules for Teacher Training – TRAIN  


22nd December 2007



  1. Country reports: Professional development in the field of literacy and basic education
  2. Permanent Forum of best practices in France


1. Country reports: Professional development in the field of literacy and basic education

Within the framework of the TRAIN project, strategies, concepts and examples of good practice are now to be triaged, analysed and disseminated in the partner countries as well as in additional European countries which already have more experience in this field.


The reports are the result of basic research focusing on “educational training of teaching staff”. First of all, developments of literacy and basic education and the state of the art in the participating countries of the project (Cyprus, France, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, Switzerland), as well as other European countries such as Great Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands are also being researched. There is an interest in getting to know and comparing the various underlying conditions and structures as well as strategies, concepts and examples of good practice.


Remark: The country reports are published on our website http://www.die-bonn.de/train/english/Materials/index.asp 


The country reports provide the state of the art of professional development in different European countries. Even if there are a lot of differences it is possible to identify the following trends:

  • We see increase efforts towards professionalisation in all countries we looked at.
  •  Professionalisation is seen as a key towards the improvement and future assurance of quality in the literacy field.
  • Literacy teacher courses are not the only mean of professionalisation, but it is often the starting point.
  • Professionalisation rarely initiated or required by policy, but by the literacy community itself.
  • Literacy teachers courses vary substantially concerning goals, duration, qualification levels, standards, accreditation.
  • There are rarely any full time permanent positions for literacy teachers across Europe and there are still a lot of volunteers working in the field. Unstable working conditions for practitioners is a prevailing problem as long as there is no sustainable funding to support high level of demand for literacy courses.

2. Permanent Forum of best practices in France

The professional development in the field of literacy and basic education in France had its focus time with the national meeting of the Permanent Forum of best practices organized by the ANLCI (National Agency to Fight Illiteracy) from 20th to 22nd June 2007. The French partner of TRAIN project had launched this collective dynamic in 2004 in order to promote and share good practices between practitioners and stakeholders in all domains of the fight against illiteracy and basic education. This meeting was an opportunity to bring together more than 700 persons and to put on common the results of 24 regional examples of good practices. These examples have been analysed and presented to more than 2500 participants throughout the country. The national meeting of the Forum was a time to debate about these practices, and besides, to professionalize this field by presenting ways, tools and recommendations for practitioners and local project coordinators.

Parallel to the 30 workshops of the meeting, an “AGORA” hall was set to show regional actions and partners’ actions. Among its stands, there was a specific one concerning the European projects in which ANLCI is involved as a partner. It was there that the TRAIN project was presented, giving information on its goals and expected productions. Its publications (poster, flyers and profile of competences questionnaire) have announced the TRAIN meeting in Lyon on 14th and 15th April 2008.

Compiled by
Part 1: Monika Tröster, DIE
Part 2: Elie Maroun, ANLCI




Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (DIE)
German Institute for Adult Education (DIE)
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 38 53113 Bonn
T (+) 49 228 3294-306
F (+) 49 228 3294-399
Contact person: Monika Tröster
Website: www.die-bonn.de/train


Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT)
Cork Road Waterford
IE-Co. Waterford
T (+) 353 51302834
Contact person: Helen Murphy
Website: www2.wit.ie

Agence nationale de lutte contre l'illetrisme - ANLCI
National Agency to Fight Illiteracy
1 Place de l'Ecole
BP 7082
FR-69348 Lyon Cedex 07
T (+) 33 437371867
F (+) 33 437371681
Contact person: Elie Maroun
Website: www.anlci.fr

Cyprus Adult Education Association - CAEA

Athalassas 24
CY Latsia 2221
T (+) 357 99470810
F (+) 357 22486714
Contact person: Klitos Symeonides

Andragoski center Republike Slovenije - ACS
Slovenian Institute for Adult Education
Smartinska 134a
Sl-1000 Ljubljana
T (+) 386 15842560
F (+) 386 15842550
Contact person: Natalija Žalec
Website: www.acs.si

Schweizerischer Verband für Weiterbildung SVEB
Swiss Federation for Adult Learning
Oerlikonerstraße 38
CH-8057 Zürich
T (+) 41 44 311 64 55
F (+) 41 44 311 64 59
Contact person: Bernhard Grämiger
Website: www.alice.ch