Local Learner addresses Conference in Germany

Allan takes island learners voice to the Eur-Alpha Conference in Bonn, Germany.
Allan takes island learners voice to the Eur-Alpha Conference in Bonn, Germany.

Eur-Alpha is a European network of exchanges between literacy and numeracy practitioners, learners, trainers, researchers and policy-makers. Founded in 2009 the Network currently includes 16 partners from 12 different countries across Europe.

Eur-Alpha aims to support and develop best quality practice in literacy and numeracy in Europe through: the development and support of learners voicing their opinions and participating in decision-making; and the improvement of the educational practices facilitating learners self-determination and participation.

On September 4th the Network presented its findings from three years work to the conference in Bonn and as part of the event, representatives of the Eur-Alpha learners’ committee presented recommendations from a manifesto developed by the literacy learners involved in the project.

The Eur-Alpha learners have been working on the manifesto – entitled Voice of Writing and Reading Learners in Europe – over the last three years and presented their recommendations to the conference through delivery of a half hour dramatisation.

Representing the Western Isles Learners Forum, Allan Campbell said of his recent conference appearance: “It was a great experience. 
“I was involved in creating the presentation and learned the use of stage play drama to make the point that we need funding from members and parliament was useful.”

He added: “I also learned about getting to know people from a mixture of countries.”

Allan’s trip was made possible by LEADER Project funding.