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The project CEF deals with the development, implementation and dissemination of two different new curricula, one in “Community Education Facilitators” (CEF) and the other in “Community Activists” (CA). Currently, there is no training program for actors initiating local or regional learning processes, which would anchor community education as a central task.

There are community development courses, but education and learning are a mere by product in them, and there are concepts of outreach learning and embedded learning, but these neglect community development.


The project CEF joins community education and development, thereby contributing to individual development, through learning, as well as to collective development, through community development.

The project started in September 2015 and it will last until the end of August 2017. Partners from 5 Countries in Europe – Austria, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany and United Kingdom, will cooperate for the whole project life in order to achieve the following objectives:

Contributing to the professionalization of adult education in the field of Community Education through the development of a two-step training system for Community Education processes;
Establishing Community Education approaches on an international level through the development and implementation of a transnational training concept;
Enhancing participation and civic engagement on a local /regional level;
Joining individual (development of conviction of self-efficacy and empowerment) and collective learning (improvement of social capital);
Amplifying the range of activity of volunteers;
Introducing Community Education into Community Development processes, making learning processes in activities of Community Development visible, and thereby developing a cooperation model between regional /neighbourhood development and adult education;
Facilitating learning in communities which have thus far been neglected by facilities of adult education;
Enlarging the range of activities of adult education facilities and Community Development organizations in reaching target audiences, in mobilizing them, and in implementing adult-oriented methods of outreach and embedded learning.

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.