CONFERENCE - HOW DID IT GO?
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"Let me tell you a story"
You can't describe in words what we experienced during
our CVE conference in Vilnius from 10th to 12th November
2008. The warm atmosphere, lively discussions and active
learning when we divided into 4 workshop groups, meant
that no one wanted to leave the room on the 3rd and final
day! After the ending speech and Rolanda Sliaziene, Manager
and Programme Coordinator, Youth Centre Babilonas, everyone
was sitting in silence, reflecting on what they have experienced,
wanting to stay a bit longer!
The conference gathered around 150 adult education professionals
mainly from Lithuania, but also from Portugal, Greece,
United Kingdom, Germany, Poland and Czech Republic.
All of our partner organizations got positive feedback
from the pilot courses. We were able to bring to Vilnius
a few workshop participants from each country, which was
a great educational experience for them and a natural completion
of CVE courses.
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"I have taken part in such an event for the first
time in my life."
Alina, Polish group
Together with our beneficiaries we presented the results
of using cultural vehicles in education to the conference
participants and invited experts. Presentations, workshops,
theatre and music performances and exhibitions!
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"The expertise that our NGOs could offer to adult
educators may be handy, in my opinion, to access closed
or little understood communities. Social workers and pedagogues
benefited from the easy, friendly, non-threatening encounters
and activities generated by the use of cultural vehicles
such as theatre, art, music etc in adult education. We
also enjoyed learning from the experiences of the conference
Kumar Vishwanathan, Director, Life Together
The program of the conference consisted of presentations
by Grodzki Theatre Association, Poland, Youth Centre Babilonas,
Lithuania, Life Together, Czech Republic, Die Wille gGmbH,
Germany and EST Education Centre, Poland. On the second
day everyone had an opportunity to choose one out of four
workshops to participate in, and to perform publicly at
the end. The next day was devoted to presentations by experts
from other European countries. Brian Holmes, Head of the
Department of Lifelong learning of the European Commission
in Brussels, was our special guest. The participants really
enjoyed his speech and the idea of "giving him a message
to take to Brussels", which motivated them to share
with what they learned during the conference.
"This event was for the mind, body and heart".
A Lithuanian participant
Workshops before performance:
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Thank you to all the speakers for their presentation and
sharing with their personal experience of learning.
Thank you to all participants for taking an active role
and reflecting on their own life-long learning.
All of our organizations have gained a lot of knowledge
though organizing this international event and through
partnership in a Grundtvig project. We feel that it's never
too late to learn and develop new projects!
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