Client / Funding programme:
Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union
Improve Guidance and Counselling in Adult Learning n° 2019-1-FI01-KA204-060698:

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Start and end dates:
09/2019 – 08/2021

AFEdemy role in the project:
Research partner in developing the Handbook and leader of Intellectual Output IO3 “Pedagogical tool for guidance and counselling of adult learners”

☐ Research
☐ Training
☐ Curriculum development
e-Learning Platform
☐ Networking
☐ Policy recommendation


The project will increase the quality of adult education by innovating effective ways of lifelong guidance and counselling.​


  • The aim is to develop a pedagogical tool to map background learning parameters of adult learners and thus support the setting up of, and access to, upskilling pathways. ​It is possible to facilitate adult learners’ studies through effective guidance and counselling, aimed at overcoming the barriers to learning and studying. ​In the case of low skilled adult learners, individual guidance and counselling becomes essential.

AFE Related Topics

☐ Outdoor spaces and buildings
☐ Social participation
☐ Transport and mobility
☐ Social inclusion and non-discrimination
☐ Housing
Civic engagement and employment
☐ Communication and information
☐ Community and health services

Target Audience

All adult learners are targeted, including adults with lower skills or low-qualifications.


The pedagogical tool will extend and develop the competences of educators and other personnel who support adult learners.

Through effective outreach, guidance and motivation strategies they will be able to encourage low-skilled or low-qualified adults of all ages to progress towards higher qualifications.

By doing so, they will increase the demand and take-up of adult education.

To prepare the online pedagogical tool of IGCAL, project partners developed the Handbook of the best practices to map background-learning parameters. The Handbook is available in English (Handbook_IGCAL_best_practices_EN), Dutch (Handbook_IGCAL_beste_praktijken_NL), Portuguese, Finnish and Slovenian. You can find them in the Output section below.

The Online Handbook of the best practices to map background-learning parameters is also available in English (IGCAL_Online_Handbook_EN.pdf), Dutch (IGCAL_Online_Handbook_NLpdf), Portuguese (IGCAL_Online_Handbook_PT.pdf), Finnish (IGCAL_Online_Handbook_FI.pdf) and Slovenian.

You can find them in the Output section below.


  • Coordinator: Tyoväen Akademia from Kauniainen (Finland)
  • AFEdemy, Academy on age-friendly environments in Europe BV, Gouda (Netherlands)
  • Cáritas Diocesana de Coimbra, Coimbra (Portugal)
  • Ljudska Univerza Celje, Celje (Slovenia)




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