LITHUANIA: JAUNIMO KARJEROS CENTRAS
(eng. Youth Career and Advising Center) is our project coordinator. It is an NGO with more than 15 years of experience supporting youth and adults through non-formal education programs and guidance services. It aims to meet public needs through educational, scientific, cultural, social and legal initiatives.
JKC specific fields of expertise are career education and guidance, effective communication and life skills, global citizenship, language learning and teaching, ICT in education and human rights education. Its activities include career guidance, career planning, conflict and communication, team building, leadership and citizenship skills trainings for youth, training and guidance support for educators and parents, programs and projects to introduce new approaches and methodologies in education.
JKC has a strong network of trainers, experts, consultants and advisers who provide services all around the country. Through this network the center is informed on the newest youth guidance and development and active civic participation issues. Based on this learning the organisation constantly monitors its strategy and activities in order to take these issues into account.
JKC has extensive experience in working with young people (students of secondary schools, VET and higher education institutions, youth with fewer opportunities (disabled, young offenders, youth living in child care homes). It has developed and implemented a high number of guidance, peer leadership, conflict prevention and citizenship programs for motivating the youngsters to stay in the educational system, strengthen their positions in the society, play as responsible citizens and look for new career opportunities.
JKC also actively works with teachers and educational support staff (psychologists, social pedagogues etc.) in order to equip them with knowledge and skills and to provide them resources necessary for expanding lifelong learning and guidance opportunities at their schools. As the accredited in-service teacher training institution it constantly implements projects for development of teaching/learning tools and resources and delivering in-service trainings, which could contribute to the successful guidance and skills development in educational system.
More information: http://karjeroscentras.eu
(eng. KSL Study Centre) is a non-formal adult education institute. KSL is a privat education institute even though the funding comes mainly from the Ministry of Education. KSL is owned by KSL Civic Association for Adult Learning - an "association of associations" that was established in 1964.
Majority of KSL's educational activities are organized with and for civil society organisations. That is why study centres are called "educational institutes of democracy" in Finland. Strengthening civil society and democracy are the essence of study centres' educational work. Therefore KSL Study Centre is always aiming to develop the understanding of what motivates people to take action and become active citizens.
In 2017 KSL Study Centre had ca. 9000 students attending non-formal education and vocational further training around the country. The cooperation associations and NGOs also have access to KSL's consultation and coaching services. The educational courses were organized with ca. 100 civil society organisations. KSL also publishes and produces learning materials, books and videos. KSL has a wide cooperation network among civil society organisations and other non-formal adult education institutes, study centres and folk high schools.
More information: http://www.ksl.fi
NORWAY: HØGSKOLEN I ØSTFOLD
(eng. Østfold University College) was founded on 1 August 1994. Østfold University College has around 100 studies taught in new and modern premises. The university college has a total of just under 7,000 students studying on two campuses. Students have good opportunities to take parts of their studies abroad. Østfold University College facilitates flexible education solutions and is cooperating with the Oslo Fjord Alliance, Buskerud and Vestfold University College and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). The school has more than 550 members of staff.
The units of the university college are Faculty of Education, Faculty of Computer Sciences, Faculty of Business, Languages, and Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Social Studies, Faculty of Engineering, Norwegian Theatre Academy (trains actors and scenographers) and The Norwegian National Centre for Foreign Languages in Education.
The HiØ staff are engaged in basic research, applied research, professionally oriented and vocationally relevant research and development work in most areas covered by the university college's portfolio of study programmes. Applied research and development work is often carried out in collaboration with business and industry in the region and with the public sector.
The students' competence is developed through research-based teaching and by introducing them to student-active research and development. The research carried out at HiØ also helps to safeguard and realise a multitude of values and cultures in society, and to develop new knowledge that is communicated to other researchers and users and to society at large.
More information: https://www.hiof.no/
ICELAND: SÍMENNTUNARMIÐSTÖÐIN Á VESTURLANDI
SMV is a non-formal adult education centre located in the western part of Iceland. SMV was established in the year 1999 and it is a non-profit organization with fixed annual contribution from the state. The activities are pursued according to Icelandic laws of adult education.
Goals and purposes: The aim SMV is to strengthen and support Icelandic economy and society with lifelong learning which takes into consideration the needs of the economy and individuals. It aims especially to the needs of the inhabitants in the Western region.
The role of SMV is to increase knowledge and promote better living qualities in the area while analyzing and coping the educational needs as well as encourage lifelong learning in cooperation with the economy and the inhabitants of the area. SMV is the centre of development and sharing knowledge.
SMV has almost 20 years of experience regarding adult education and guidance.
The personnel of SMW consists of 6 people; whereas four of them hold a Master‘s degree. They are educated in the fields of Education, Consultancy and Social economy. As many as 100 trainers, teachers or other experts are contract workers at SMV and provide valuable services to the clients.
The SMV‘s fields of expertise are for example; Educational guidance and planning/training for individuals, companies and municipalities, industrial schools, validation of competence and skills, career education and guidance, language learning and teaching, lifelong learning for invalid people, lifelong learning for the unemployed, etc.
SMV cooperates with the Directorate of labour, work rehabilitation centres, other educational institutions such as high schools and the universities, as well as companies in region as needed.
More information: www.simenntun.is