Project GOAL Closing Conference

Guidance and counselling for low-educated adults: from practice to policy
17-18 January 2018, Egmont Palace, Brussels

The aim of this event is to present the final evaluation results of project GOAL, including key messages for those seeking to establish similar guidance services as well as key messages for future policy development. Join this 2-day conference to become inspired, to discover lessons learnt from project GOAL and to discuss policy messages that emerged from the experimentation.

This conference is targeted at European and national policy makers, academics and practitioners active in the field of adult guidance.


Please register as soon as possible. Participation to the event is FREE. Registration is required as places are limited.


Please find the full programme here. This programme will be updated soon, please check the programme regularly to be informed on the latest updates.


 Wednesday 17 January from 9.30 to Thursday 18 January 12.00, Egmont Palace, Kleine Zavel 8, 1000 Brussels.



Project GOAL National Conferences

In December 2017 and January 2018, the different partner countries of project GOAL will each organize a national conference to present the project findings for their country. National policy makers, stakeholders, practitioners and academics are welcome to learn about the setup of the GOAL policy experimentations in these national contexts and to discover the evaluation results and policy recommendations resulting from them.

Details on when and where the national conferences take place, can be found below:

  • Czech Republic: 8 December 2017, Hotel Alwyn, Prague. More information.

  • Flanders: 19 January 2018, Egmont Palace, Brussels. More information.

  • Iceland: 14 December 2017, GKG Golf, Garðabær. More information.

  • Lithuania: tbc

  • The Netherlands: 20 November, 2017, afternoon session at the event Doe Mee(r) met Taal, Theater De Meervaart, Amsterdam. More information.

  • Slovenia: 7 December 2017, Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Ljubljana. More information.

Seminar 'the tailor-made approach': Lifelong Learning stays relevant

On June 7, Learning Shop (De Leerwinkel) West-Flanders organised a seminar for local stakeholders in the province of West-Flanders. The seminar provided a complete view of the activities of the Learning Shop, with a focus on the realisations under the GOAL project.

The seminar was a mix of plenary presentations and workshops. Jeroen Backs, head of the section Strategic Policy Support from the Ministry of Education, focused on the importance of Lifelong Learning and guidance in European perspective. To many participants his presentation was an eye-opener on the urgency for Flemish policy makers to prioritise Lifelong Learning and Adult Guidance in Flemish education policy.

Different aspects of educational guidance were explored in 5 workshops: clients, guidance and learning pathways, educational landscape, tools and recognizing talents and competences.

Both presentations and workshops brought forward 5 conclusions and recommendations:
1) Focus on Lifelong Learning stays relevant
2) Educational guidance is the key to Lifelong Learning
3) The adult learner takes the lead
4) ‘Tailor made’ doesn’t mean ‘chaos’
5) Work remains to be done!

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Kick Off Flanders 11 May 2015

The 11th of May the project in Flanders has been offcially launched. After an introduction of Koen Pelleriaux, General Director of the Department of Education and Training, Martina Ní-Cheallaigh of the European Commission (DG Employment) informed the public on the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Key Role of Guidance in Europe. A presentation by Gunter Gehre, lecturer at the Univiersity College Leuven-Limburg and at a Center for Adult Education has, demonstrated the importance of networks for stimulating adult learning.

After an extensive project presentation by the project coordinator Nadia Reynders and the strategic advisor Liesbet Vermandere, the event was closed by the Flemish minister of Education and Training. She strenghtened the importance of a reform of formal adult education in Flanders

Below you will find the presentations of the Kick-Off event.

Presentation 1: Martina Ni-Cheallaigh 'Importance of Guidance in underpinning education and training policies'

Presentation 2: Gunter Gehre (UCLL) 'Networks are stimulating adult learning' (Dutch)

Presentation 3: Nadia Reynders and Liesbet Vermandere (Department of Education and Training) 'presentation Project GOAL' (Dutch)

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Koen Pelleriaux, General Director,
Department of Education

    Hilde Crevits, Minister of Education and Training

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Liesbet Vermandere and Nadia Reynders,
Department of Education