since may 16, 2006
Nature and expertise of the organisations
involved in the partnership
The different organisations involved are mainly institutions working
in the field of Adult Education and Long life Learning.
Germany: The VOLKSHOCHSCHULE OLCHING
an Adult Education Centre which has been founded over 50 years ago.
Our VHS is widely known in our region and enjoys an excellent reputation.
Last year approximately 9,700 adults participated in different courses
in our school. Considering the fact that the population rate in
Olching is about 22,300 inhabitants, our school can be proud of
its success. In 2004 we had 10 % more learners than in 2003.
The learners´age ranges from 16 to 80.
The school proposes a range of approximately 980 courses per year
covering different fields of subjects like Art, Computer, Culture,
Health, Job Promotional Training, Languages, Philosophy, Psychology,
Politic, etc… .
The Volkshochschule offers courses which take place once or twice
a week conducted in the morning, the afternoon or the evening and
courses at the weekends (e.g. computer and intensive language courses,
About 200 high qualified tutors are teaching at our school.
The school administration consists of four persons.
The school committee(board) consists of four persons, too.
This term (six months) our school organised 85 language courses
in 14 different languages (English, French, Italian, Spanish, German,
Japanese, Greek, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Check, Vietnamese,
Our school proposes also special German training courses for immigrants
and people coming from EU-countries and from all over the world
as well as German for illiterate persons.
The most important challenge for our school is to promote long life
learning and to support Adult learners by increasing their competence
for better jobs or to find a job again.
Special courses are organized for women looking for jobs or to actualise
the women´s knowledge after a work break because of pregnancy
and children education.
As in fact approximately 1/3 of the participants are older than
50, we have to intensify our programme for this special group in
Italy: Rete CTP di Padova (CTPs Padua network)
is a local partnership of 9 CTPs in Padua province with also a special
section working in a State’s Prison.
CTP stays for Territorial Centers of Permanent Adult Education.
These are the new public schools for basic adult education started
in 1997 substituting those “evening courses” organized
for people seeking elementary-middle school diploma.
CTPs offer a large variety of courses for adults people (learners´age
range from 15 to 80):
- Annual courses to get middle school diploma for foreigners and
Italians as well
- Italian language for foreign people at different levels, CILS
- Foreign languages at different levels (English, Spanish, German,
French, Portuguese, Arab, Chinese)
- ICT and ECDL
- lots of other short courses ranging from art to music, literary,
local history, healt, botany, etc.
This year approximately 7000 adults participate in different courses
in the CTPs of the Padua province. About 10% are attending courses
to get middle school diploma (the majority are foreigners), about
20% are foreigners attending courses for social and linguistic integration,
about 70% are students attending other kind of courses to improve
former basic skills or just as a cultural enrichment. (5% of the
students attending these short courses are foreigners and 2 over
3 are women).
Spain: ESCUELA OFICIAL DE IDIOMAS DE OVIEDO
school runs on government funds and is part of the so-called state
schools. The school has over 3000 students studying one or more
of the four languages we offer: English, French, German and Italian.
Language learning is an essential part of our educational system
and a growing number of professionals and university students are
complimenting their CVs by acquiring the Certificates that the school
emits, the only certificates which are officially recognised in
Spain. We have seen a growing need to open our doors to Europe not
only to learn languages but to learn culture, customs and new ideas.
Most of the teachers are at the school on a permanent basis as we
are Civil Servants. We have all studied philology and some have
some kind of knowledge of the use of ITC. We have very little knowledge
about International Projects but we are very willing to learn and
to work together
Spain: CEPA FRANCESC DE BORJA MOLL (MALLORCA)
an Adult Education Centre which has been founded in 1990. Last year,
approximately 680 adults participated in different courses in our
school. The learners’ age ranges from 16 to 70. The school
offers over than 20 courses per year covering different fields of
subjects like, Computer, foreign languages as English, languages
for immigrants like Spanish or Catalan, Basic Education for Adult
People, Secondary education for Adult People, health, Graphic Arts,
etc. The school offers courses that take place from twice a week
to every week day conducted in the morning, the afternoon and the
evening. Most of courses last nine months, but there are also two
months, and four months courses. Most of the 22 teachers are at
the school on a permanent basis as we are Civil Servants. We have
different studies to be able to offer the wide range of studies
offered in the school. The school committee consists on four people.
We haven’t participated in an International Project before,
but we would like to learn and to work together with other schools.