Empower Deprived Learners

The European project Empower Deprived Learners

has been introduced to foster awareness raising in regards to low-skilled and disadvantaged learners and the understanding of the educational value of "self-directed learning" (SDL) especially in Slovenia, Romania and Turkey. This shall mainly be achieved by providing approved learning contents and training materials to VET teachers and trainers that show how to use the approach of SDL when working with this neglected target group.

Thus the project hopes to contribute to the improvement of adequate VET training methods in these three target countries. Exchange of knowledge and good practices will be enabled by the support of experienced partners in this matter. Finally, for widest possible dissemination national multipliers will support the project partners in Slovenia, Romania and Turkey in fostering awareness raising in these countries.


'Train the Trainer' qualification curriculum and guidelines as well as exercises and training materials necessary to introduce the concept of SDL in Slovenian, Romanian and Turkish language. They will be adapted to the specific learning cultures of the countries mentioned above and to the requirements of vocational training providers for low-level educated and disadvantaged adults.

Didactic guidelines and recommendations of how to introduce these materials within the framework of existing teaching schemes, with relation to the specific demand and need of individual users and to the specific learning cultures of the above mentioned countries and to the requirements of vocational training providers.

An implementation concept of how to put these materials into the learning practice, i.e. raising the interest of educational policy makers and the respective organisations.

EU-Program: Leonardo da Vinci
Coordination: BEST Institut für berufsbezogene Weiterbildung und Personaltraining GmbH
Contact: Karin Kronika, Helmut Kronika
Duration: November 2007 - October 2009
Website: www.empower-deprived-learners.eu
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.