First Youth Panel in Bulgaria

Representatives from various youth organizations in Bulgaria met at the first Youth Panel meeting on the 21st of July 2017 at the Institute for the Study of Societies and Knowledge (ISSK-BAS) in Sofia, Bulgaria.


In the first part of the meeting, the participants were introduced to the aims and expected outcomes of the ENLIVEN Project by Pepka Boyadjieva (National coordinator of ENLIVEN at ISSK-BAS), Rumiana Stoilova, Petya Ilieva-Trichkova and Diana Nenkova (Members of the Bulgarian team of ENLIVEN). Then, some basic statistics, which demonstrate the place of Bulgaria in a comparative perspective in three main aspects, were presented to the participants. First, the general educational structure of the Bulgarian population was outlined. It was followed by a description of the labour market situation of the youth. Lastly, there was a discussion of the state of the lifelong learning with a special focus on the young adults. The presented information served as a certain background against which the discussion between the Youth Panel participants and the Bulgarian team of the ENLIVEN Project took place afterwards.

In the second part of the meeting, the participants were encouraged to share their views and to engage in a dialogue with the researchers about the topic of the ENLIVEN project and the problems of the youth in Bulgaria related to lifelong learning. They were asked to think about any joint activities/initiatives and to give ideas how they could be helpful to the ENLIVEN project and respectively how the Bulgarian team with its work on the project could be of any help for their work. The participants provided very interesting insights and explanations of the presented statistics from the perspective of their own experience as representatives of Youth organizations and as youth themselves. Among the main issues raised by them were the access to internships in Bulgaria, the quality of these internships and the need of its regulation; the lack of dialogue between the educational institutions and the business; the necessity of a change in the secondary education before the introduction of the dual system; the potential role of volunteering among the young people which seems to be very limited in Bulgaria so far, and the need of complementarity between the formal and non-formal education.

Figures in the handouts of the meeting can be downloaded HERE.


Survey: Information for a tool to guide NEET policy decisions

The ENLIVEN is considering how to create an Intelligent Decision Support System (IDSS) to inform policy debate and decision-making on learning for young adults with a focus on young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs). The idea behind the system is to utilise collected project data to enable learning from the experience of others. If you are involved in providing a project which is aimed at helping NEETs or potential NEETs we would like you to fill in our survey below:

Information for a tool to guide NEET policy decisions

The survey aims to gather information on projects for NEETs so that appropriate and successful projects for this group can be developed. We have had some really helpful initial responses which have increased our understanding. We realise that it will not be possible to complete all the questions as complete information is not available or may be too sensitive. Any input, no matter how small, will be valued.

2nd consortium meeting in Verona

The team gathered in Verona for the second team meeting from Monday 12 – Wednesday 14 June 2017. Several members of the team arrived in Verona several days earlier to participate in the ENLIVEN symposium at the ESREA policy network conference. The team gathered informally on the evening of the 11th for dinner and officially started the meeting on the 12th.

On the first day of the meeting, colleagues from the EDUMAP project joined us to talk about their Intelligent Decision Support System. The rest of the day was devoted to updates on work packages 1-2-3-4 as well as on the ENLIVEN IDSS. On Tuesday, the consortium split into two groups, one group focussing on the IDSS, the other one on work to be undertaken as part of work packages 5-7. The team also had their management board and discussed about the upcoming review meeting in Brussels in December 2017. Wednesday was used for round up sessions on the work packages discussed in parallel groups on Tuesday and to discuss forward planning, dissemination and impact.

Teams are now back home, working on their team duties. The management board will meet again in Brussels in December and our next consortium meeting will take place in Spring 2018 at the University of Duesto in Bilbao.

Verona meeting 2

ENLIVEN = smiling happy people 😊😊😊

3rd ESREA Conference in Verona

Our project team presented the initial findings of our research at the Third Conference of the ESREA (European Society for Research on the Education of Adults) Network on Policy Studies in Adult Education at the University of Verona, Italy, between 8th-10th June 2017.  The theme of the conference this year is “Equity, Social Justice and Adult Education and Learning Policy“.

Details of the conference can be found on this website.

Here are some photos of our team at the conference.

New papers from Bulgarian & Edinburgh partners

Professor Pepka Boyadjieva and Petya Ilieva-Trichkova from our Bulgarian team, and Ellen Boeren from the Edinburgh team have produced the following journal articles from the project.

Management Board and Work Package Leaders Meeting

The ENLIVEN management board and work package leaders met at Wiedner Hauptstraße 18, 1040 Wien in Austria between the 15th-16th December 2016.

The management board was planned to discuss planning and progress of the overall ENLIVEN project and included a discussion of upcoming deliverables, progress of all separate work packages and the role of the advisory board and National Youth Panels. The management board also talked about cooperation with other existing lifelong learning projects and had a Skype session with Marcelo Parreira do Amaral of the University of Muenster, who is the coordinator of the Young_AduLLLt project, which has also been funded under the Horizon 2020 Young 3 call. During the evening of the 15th, colleagues informally gathered over a meal in a local restaurant.


Catching up with Marcelo from the Young_AduLLLt project