New Education Forum in Brussels – Multiplier Event in the NEF+ project

The Erasmus+ project ‘New Education Forum +’ (2021-2023) creates a multilingual platform for a European network around Outdoor Learning (OL) in VET, with an emphasis on how digital learning tools can enhance (outdoor) learning processes. Results include two thematic literature reviews and an online repository of resources that also features good practices in OL for VET from different European countries. All outputs are open access and aim to provide professional development and networking opportunities for practitioners and other stakeholders interested in harnessing the benefits of OL in VET contexts for the development of transversal competencies, physical and mental health and wellbeing, and environmental sustainability.

The NEF+ project is currently developing guidelines for the implementation of Outdoor Learning, covering academic, political and practical areas. The preparation of the guidelines is coordinated by the Government of Cantabria through the Regional Ministry of Economy and Finance.

The guidelines are in line with one of the priorities of the NEF+ project, which is co-financed by the Erasmus+ programme of the UE.


NEF+. Conference in Brussels.

On November 15th, 2022, the NEF+ consortium achieved another result: organisation of the second Multiplier Event of the NEF+ project. The event took place at the European Economic and Social
Committee in Brussels. During the conference, we discussed the objective of the NEF+ project, its main results and the three parts of the Guidelines developed by the partners of the NEF+ project.

One topic block was dedicated to digital education, as the partnership identified untapped potential in vocational education and training in the field of digitalization during the project. Answers to the questions: What are the good practices implemented across the EU that help achieve this ambitious goal in the light of NEF+ research results? How can we enhance VET learning through digital environment, so it becomes an exciting pathway for the European youth? Experts in the field of vocational education and training took part in the debate:

  • Loukas ZAHILAS – Head of the Department for VET and Qualifications, CEDEFOP;
  • Ana CARRERO – Deputy Head of Unit Vocational Education and Training, CEDEFOP; European Commission, DG EMPL;
  • Victor NEGRESCU – Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Culture and Education.

    Participants at the event learned about the purpose of the online repository, the possibilities and the materials that can be downloaded free of charge from our website, and Jule Hildmann (PhD), an outdoor learning expert and senior researcher at Edinburgh University, called on people to join the NEF+ community by subscribing to an online newsletter and contacting partnerships to exchange good practices, procedures in the field of OL for vocational education and training.


The results of our discussions will be published in the form of an event report in December. If you are interested in the conference topic and would like to learn more about the results of the discussion, please subscribe to the online newsletter. We inform you about the publication of the report.

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