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European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)

EAEA’s new Executive Board consists of 12 nationalities

Media release.
Published: 11-Jun-2013 11:26 am
Publisher: European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)

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The membership of the European Association for the Education of Adults – EAEA has elected a new Executive Board for the two-year term of 2013–2015. The new Board consists of adult education professionals from 12 different countries.

The new EAEA President is Mr Per Paludan Hansen. He held a speech to the EAEA membership after the votes had been revealed.

"I am looking forward to work on challenges we meet in our common work. We have a good team," he says.

Advocacy and lobbying on European level are key issues for the Association in the coming years.

"Leading adult education through the economic crisis by promoting the value and necessity of adult learning in Europe at any suitable occasion and in any appropriate context is vital, as well as making EAEA better consolidated, sustainable and recognised platform," the President tells.

Membership services are to be developed further.

"We should enhance dialogue and exchange of experience between our more than 120 member organisations, identify and encourage new ideas and balance various interests," he continues.

The EAEA elections took place 6 June 2013 in Leicester, UK.

EAEA Executive Board 2013–2015

Denmark: EAEA’s new president Per Paludan Hansen has been active in the field of adult education for 20 years. He is chairman of the board of the Danish Adult Education Association and Secretary-General of LOF, a nationwide study association for adults.

Austria: Gerhard Bisovsky is the Secretary-General of the Austrian Association for Adult Education Centres. He has 25 years of experience in adult education and he has worked 16 years as a director of one of the biggest adult education centres in Vienna, Austria.

Finland: Tapio Kujala is a Vice-President of the Finnish Adult Education Association – VST and Director of The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation – Kansanvalistusseura. He has decades of experience in both non-formal and formal education and in-depth work experience in marketing and publishing education related materials.

France: David Lopez represents La Ligue de l'enseignement where he works as the Head of the International Department. His expertise lies in European and international networking, youth work, non-formal and formal education, social and cultural issues.

Germany: Uwe Gartenschlaeger works as the Deputy Director of dvv international – The Institute for International Cooperation. His expertise is in the fields of Civic Education, Vocational Education and Training and skills. He has experience in development projects and cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe.

Ireland: Niamh O´Reilly, the Head of Membership Services of The National Adult Learning Organisation – AONTAS has experience of organisational strategic planning, policy development and learner voice based advocacy work. She also has experience of influencing the international lifelong learning agenda by participating in the International Academy of Lifelong Learning Advocacy (IALLA) and at CONFINTEA VI.

The Netherlands: Dennis Wacht, representing Learn for Life, works as a policy officer at a Human Resource department of a big public transportation company. Before that he worked at Europees Platform – internationaliseren in onderwijs in the Netherlands, as the manager of the Grundtvig Programme.

Portugal: Susana Oliveira from Kerigma has experience in piloting of non-formal and informal learning recognition models and creating a local network of exchanges of good practices in validation and assessment methods. She is also familiar with assessing recognition and validation of skills and competences and human resources management.

Romania: Mariana Matache is the president and founder of the EUROED Association. She has conducted strategic projects founded through the European Social Fund, as well as other European projects in collaboration with various international partners.

Serbia: Katarina Popovic, the President of Adult Education Society, works as a Professor at the Department for Adult Education in the University of Belgrade. She is a member of International Hall of Fame in Adult and Continuing Education, of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults – ESREA and the International Society for Comparative Adult Education – ISCAE. Ms Popovic has experience as an editor, author and trainer.

Sweden: Amelie von Zweigbergk represents the Swedish Adult Education Association and has worked as a State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, during which she was Sweden's representative to the EU Council of Ministers from 2007–2012. She was also a State Secretary for European Affairs and Equal Opportunities.

United Kingdom: Joyce Black comes from The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education – NIACE, where she works as a Head of Life Skills. She is a specialist in qualification frameworks and curriculum as well as participates on a number of UK government committees. Ms Black is the programme lead for NIACE's work as UK National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning.



Contact information:

Gina Ebner EAEA, Secretary-General, +32 2 234 37 60, gina.ebner@eaea.org

Aura Vuorenrinne, EAEA Communications Officer, +358 40 511 24 75, aura.vuorenrinne@kvs.fi

Rue d' Arlon 40, B-1000 Brussels
Tel: +32 2 234 37 63, Fax: +32 2 235 05 39, eaea-office@eaea.org 

European Association for the Education of Adults – EAEA is the voice of non-formal adult education in Europe. EAEA is a European NGO with over 120 member organisations in around 40 countries.

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