BEST Institute for vocational training and personal training GmbH


Development of informal acquisition of key competencies for the social inclusion of disadvantaged young adult learners

The social group of young adults who have experienced school failure shows poor key competencies – a characteristic that limits their access to and success in adult learning processes and makes them socially and economically vulnerable, as they lack the mechanisms to optimise training resources available.

EDUKEY is a project aimed at facing this unfavourable situation with competency-based didactic methods and contents particularly designed to be applied in informal learning environments, like leisure or sporting activities, and intended to open up more opportunities for adult learners.

The EDUKEY project is expected to result in a set of tested pedagogical contents and tools that will be available online to teachers and educators who work with adult learners. These tools will encourage young adults who have failed at school to take adult learning courses by helping them acquire the competencies they need to grow at personal, social and occupational levels through lifelong learning.

EDUKEY will create the following products, all of them associated with the acquisition of basic competencies in informal learning environments by young adults. These products will be available in English and in the languages spoken by the project partnership (German, Spanish, French, Italian, Romanian, and Swedish):

  • A catalogue of good practices
  • A library offering pedagogical contents and tools, available on CD
  • An online resource platform for teachers and educators working with young adult learners
  • Pilot tests in the partner countries involving teachers working with adult learners and members of the target group
  • A dissemination and assessment plan for the project

The project’s expected impact is to increase access to education and learning for the above-mentioned underprivileged group via the new tools developed within the framework of the EDUKEY project.

EU-Program: LLP, Grundtvig Multilateral Projects
Coordination: Fundación General de la Universidad de Valladolid (ESP)
Contact: Helmut Kronika
Duration: January 2010 - June 2012
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.