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The Euroguidance Network

October 2009

In this edition:

eGuidance and ELGPN experts meet in Riga

The central question at the 6th European Conference on eGuidance was: How to make career guidance available to diverse client groups and how can technology be harnessed to reach this aim?

The 6th European Conference on eGuidance: Widening access to lifelong guidance, 16. - 17. September 2009 was combined with the European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network’s 5th Meeting on 16. - 18. September in Riga, Latvia.

The combined event was opened by the Minister of Education and Science of Latvia, Dr. Tatjana Koke. The conference was attended by over one hundred policy makers, experts and practitioners from 29 countries.

The eGuidance conference focused on the need to make educational and vocational career guidance broadly available to diverse client groups within a context of limited resources and on the ways various electronic media can be harnessed to reach this aim.

There was general agreement that technology can enhance the attractiveness of guidance and help guidance providers cross time and space barriers, but cannot replace the human factor of traditional guidance due to psychological and pedagogical needs.

Key points examined by the conference included the European Commission’s goal to create an integrated web resource for education and employment information, an overview of various virtual applications e.g. social media and gaming and their potential for use in learning and guidance situations and several good practice examples of existing public and private eGuidance tools.

For further information on the 6th European Conference on eGuidance, including abstracts of presentations, please visit the Conference website: www.egos-cip.eu/riga2009.

ELGPN network meeting

Participants of the  European Lifelong Guidance Policy Network (ELGPN) were able to take advantage of the eGuidance conference to view the state of play in eGuidance.  The ELGPN takes forward the work of the former Expert Group on Lifelong Guidance.

EGuidance is an important factor to be considered in the policy analysis and development the Network is performing within the work packages: Career management skills, Access, Cooperation and Coordination and Quality.

The Network meeting discussed lifelong guidance in the new strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training, ELGPN relationships and communication with the national and European stakeholders as well as issues related to ELGPN management, outputs, and future work. The ELGPN relationship with CEDEFOP will be strengthened by a contribution of good practices observed by the Network to the 2009-2010 CEDEFOP guidance policy review.

The next meeting of the ELGPN is planned to be included in the Spanish EU Presidency week of events devoted to EU policies on education and training in May of 2010. For more information on the ELGPN, please visit the website of ELGPN: http://ktl.jyu.fi/ktl/elgpn.

Ilze Jansone, Euroguidance Latvia