Country: N. Ireland
Occupation: Life Skills Coordinator
Professional background: As Life Skills Coordinator my area of responsibility covers Adult Literacy, Numeracy and
English as a Second Language provision. Although Literacy trained my role is no longer in the classroom but involves
quality assurance of training and mentoring of tutors. We are always looking for innovative ways to improve classroom
teaching, particularly for lower level learners and those who have little or no formal education.
I am currently responsible for approximately 130 learners and approximately 5% whom need intensive 1-1 support as
their literacy levels are so poor. This cohort includes both local women and foreign nationals for whom English is not a
Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Teaching of Essential Skills Literacy Queens University Belfast 2006
Experience with former international activities:
Grundtvig Study Visit October 2013 Cologne Germany
Adult Education to fight Exclusion - Group Reporter
Helgi Thór Gunnarsson
Occupation: Director in housing for individuals with mental disabilities. Also a part time teacher in the University of
Iceland (teaching qualitative methods).
Professional background: I´m a director in a housing for individuals with mental disabilities. Some of my clients are
looking to start their education again after a long break and me and my staff help them to get started. Integration of
individuals with mental disabilities into studies and labour market is a big concern for my field of work. I manage a
staff of 16 employees. Most of our clients have poor previous school background and are looking to start their
education again. One part of my job is to help them adapt in their new education and work. New strategies and ICT
tools would therefore be very helpful for me in my working field.
In my work as a director in a housing for individuals with mental disabilities, both me and my staff are tutoring our
client´s (our main work). One part of that is adult literacy, to help them back on track with their education and work.
Experience with former international activities: A few study visits in different European countries.
Occupation: teacher at a Second Chance school in Bonn
Professional background: At our school we give special support and attention to students who have problems in
reading and understanding German language and texts. As a teacher at Second Chance School in Germany I have a
special interest in adult literacy because we have a great number of student who have general problems in reading
and understanding texts (because of migratory background or health problems). How to use ICT tools in this area
would be very helpful. In addition I’m very interested in getting to know Second Chance Schools in countries which
belong to the EU only for a short time.
Experience with former international activities:
Second chance network (E2C) events:
Sept. 2011 Youth summit Tuttlingen/Germany
Nov. 2011 Teachers’ Conference
March 2012 Grundtvig Workshop Gijon/Spain:
Web 2.U: Developing Women’s skills for the
the future labour market.
Sept. 2012 Youth Summit E2C Malmö/Sweden and
Oct. 2013 General Assembly E2C Brussels/Belgium
April 2014 Winter-Conference of the Association of
Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE) in
Occupation: Headmaster of an adult education centre / second chance education / Swedish for immigrants school;
Professional background: I work as Headmaster of the Adult Education Department in Upplands-Bro municipality in the
northwest of Stockholm region, Sweden. The adult education centre has approximately 800 students of which most are
in the age between 20 and 40 years. We offer:
- General adult education, for students who want to complete their high school diploma at an adult age.
- Vocational education and training
- Swedish for immigrants
Integration of disadvantaged groups into studies and into the labour market is a key concern for us. Most of our
students are immigrants and often come with short or none previous school background.
I manage a staff of 32 employees (teachers, student counsellors, project managers and administrators). I am
responsible for quality assurance and for reaching the pedagogical goals. I am also responsible for development of the
school in all aspects.
I have been working as a headmaster of basic adult education, Swedish for immigrants and basic skills education for
adults since 2005.
My education background is teacher education and the principal training programme. I'm specialised in adult
education. Since a big part of ours students have poor previous school background, this issue is extremely important to
us. We have during years of practice developed skills and competences, but we also need to learn new strategies from
other European partners. Networking and mapping of best-practice is crucial for quality development in this area.
Experience with former international activities: Study visits and courses in different European countries.
Occupation: Retired as General Director (CEO) of a group of 35 schools (primary, secondary, adult). At this moment
manager of educomC vof , institution specialised in mentoring and coaching especially in the field of education.
Professional background: As manager of a NGO specialised in mentoring and coaching in the field of education we
often are confronted with young and older people of illiteracy. The actions we undertake are 1° stimulate the
acceptance of being illiteracy 2° presenting the goal we want to go for 3° stimulate the self-confidence 4° convince
them to participate in a basic education project where additional to the normal lessons PC tools are used for self-
Experience with former international activities: Comenius projects, secondary schools
Occupation: Retired teacher in practical ICT (typewriting and practical windows office applications);
Professional background: As a former teacher in practical ICT I am giving advices in the field of illiteracy especially in
how to build up in a pedagogical way for illiteracy people lessons with smart-board , the use of concrete symbols, the
interactive actions during the lessons, the encouragement of the participators, the choice of the new words to be
learn. All those elements are very important to lead to success. I can show some examples used in the Flemish system.
If all goes well I even can bring some software with me to show how it works in a basic education centre.
Experience with former international activities: no
Victoria Schreuder Dobrescu
Country: The Netherlands
Occupation: Project officer intercultural communication/ digital literacy/ knowledge migration and integration of foreigners in
Professional background: Low literacy levels can affect economic development, diminish the effectiveness of local
government and citizen participation, and place a heavy financial and educational burden on the school system. The lack of
basic skills can lead to unemployment or low-paying, dead-end jobs; to status as permanent political outsiders, with no
opportunity to have their voices heard;
Experience with former international activities: 1. Image of Europe as a communicative method, visual literacy. European
Collaborative project in Munich Germany. 2. European competences project by Kontakt der Kontinenten Soesterberg -
The Netherlands, teaching the European inhabitants about culture, language, literacy and traditions in European countries.
3. Several mach-making meetings in EU countries concerning building European competences. Building bridges in EU.
Occupation: Currently an office worker (a clerk)
Professional background: I study English philology to become a language teacher.
In Poland (similarly like in all Europe), we are currently facing the problem of illiteracy. Unfortunately we don’t have enough
experience and knowledge to handle it.
The EU workshop gathering people from different countries could give us (all participants) new ideas and help us to
understand how literacy projects are implemented in other countries. We could learn from each other and share our
knowledge. I would like to improve my language skills. Taking part in the workshop seems to be a great experience which
could raise my self-confidence.
Experience with former international activities:
Dalina Ubartaite Vingiene
Occupation: Teacher-expert of history, literacy
Professional background: Today I and my colleagues are faced with problem of the lack basic literacy skills learners’. Each
year increasing number learners’ who have difficulties in writing essay, project, research works. Training during workshop
help me upgrade formal and non-formal education process by innovation, based on the using ICT. It will ensure to develop
basic competencies learners of literacy. I would like to get European perspective for resolving problem of the lack literacy
learners; to acquire an experience for applying creative, interactive, cognitive methods in teaching/learning process in order
to reduce illiteracy learners.
Experience with former international activities: I have experience about the European cultural heritage, European identity,
intercultural competences which gained during international courses of development of qualification courses according to the
LLL programme and Grundtvig subprogramme. I attended in these courses and workshops:
Cradle of the European Culture. From Antiquity up to recent Times. A’ Program: Athens’ Treasure (40 hours) (Gr-2009-
064-002) in 2009;
Las Otras Orillas (The other shores) Sevilla and other places (100 hours) (NL-2009-183-002) in 2010;
Fading Borders? Trieste and other places and ICT (90 hours) (NL-2010-211-002) in 2011;
In search of the Occident: The Azores (Terceira /Faail/Pico) (80 hour) (NL-2012-277-003) in 2012;
The European Workshop according to the Pestalozzi Programme of Council of Europe training Programme “What does it
mean to think historically? Promoting historical understanding in classrooms of mixed abilities and diverse backgrounds and
developing chanels of communication with the wider community” in Nicosia, Cyprus in 2012 (30 hours).
The 2nd Annual International seminar ”Active Citizenship Education: The role of Intercultural Education. Practical seminar
focusing to the needs of Teachers and Adult Trainers” in Athens in 2014 (35 hours).
Occupation: Faculty Secretary
To experience new ICT skills in the educational area
To meet new people
To open a new door to make other European Projects
To contribute to the European Citizenship
Experience with former international activities: I have prepared a Comenius project and directed my team in school