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EU Project TRAIN – Invitation to the FINAL CONFERENCE
Professionalization of Literacy and Basic Education: European Trends

Dear Sir or Madam,

The TRAIN partnership has the pleasure of inviting you to our final conference. We will present and discuss the results of the project to promote literacy and basic education. The focus will be on the development and implementation of five basic modules for literacy teacher training. Furthermore we would like to discuss important issues of professionalization for staff involved in literacy.

TRAIN is a partnership of six organizations: Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE), National Agency to Fight Illiteracy (ANLCI), Cyprus Adult Education Association (CAEA), Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB) and German Institute for Adult Education (DIE). The project has been coordinated by DIE and funded by the European Commission within in the framework of the GRUNDTVIG programme.

The conference will take place on 2nd September 2008 at the Andreas Hermes Akademie, In der Wehrhecke 1 in Bonn, Germany. During the day and especially in the evening there will be an opportunity for informal exchange and networking. We are preparing for you a little surprise for a social evening.

Please find enclosed the programme and further information. Please let us know if you do need accommodation (see form attached). 
We hope to meet you at the European conference!

Yours sincerely,

Monika Tröster
for the TRAIN partnership

10:00 – 11:00 h
Arrival and Registration
11:00 – 11:30 h
Opening and Welcome
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Ekkehard Nuissl von Rein, DIE
Monika Tröster, TRAIN project coordinator, DIE

11:30 – 11:50 h
Keynote: Current European policies and trends concerning literacy and basic education
Marijke Dashorst, European Commission, Directorate-General for Education and Culture
11:50 – 12:30 h
TRAIN presentation – results, products and recommendations

TRAIN partnership: Bernhard Grämiger (SVEB, Switzerland), Elie Maroun (ANLCI, France), Estera Mozina (SIAE, Slovenia), Helen Murphy (WIT, Irland), Klitos Symenonides (CAEA, Cyprus), Monika (Tröster, DIE, Germany)

Roundtable discussion and plenary session
Chair: Peter Strijdonk, Director of Vlaams Ondersteuningscentrum voor het volwassenenonderwijs (VOCVO), Belgium / ERDI board member
12:30 – 13:00 h
Open session: Poster presentation of basic modules for literacy and basic education

TRAIN partnership
13:00 – 14:00 h
Lunch break
14:00 – 14:15 h
Workshops: Introduction
14:15 – 16:00 h
Parallel Workshops

Workshop 1: Career development, professionalization and accreditation for literacy and basic skills education practitioners

Input: Helen Murphy, WIT/Ireland
Facilitator: Estera Mozina, SIAE/Slovenia

Workshop 2: Core competences in literacy tuition

Input: Bernard Grämiger, SVEB/Switzerland
Facilitator: Marlise Leinauer, EB Zürich and Schweizer Dachverband Lesen und Schreiben/Switzerland

Workshop 3: Learning challenges for the literacy practitioners

Input: Iris Stolz and Dr. Annekathrin Schmid, Münchner Volkshochschule/Germany
Facilitator: Sabina Hussain, DIE/Germany
16:00 – 16:30 h
Coffee break
16:30 – 17:15 h
Summary of workshops and recommendations
17:15 – 17:30 h
Comments from experts
Elisabeth Fuchs-Brüninghoff, Germany
Representative of Lire et Ecrire, Belgium
17:30 – 17:45 h
Conclusions – summary of the conference and further perspectives
Monika Tröster
17:45 h
19:00 h 
Dinner and social event with surprise!
Informal exchange and networking

Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung e.V.

German Institute for Adult Education 
Mrs. Monika Tröster
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 38
53113 Bonn

T +49 (0)228 3294-306
F +49 (0)228 3294-399


Andreas Hermes Akademie
Bewirtschaftungsgesellschaft mbH
Mrs. Nicole Rohrmann
In der Wehrhecke 1
53125 Bonn

Tel.: +49 (0)228-91929-50
+49 (0)228-91929-59


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