Learning to Learn (L2L) is a meta-competence – meaning that it provides keys for unlocking the doors to other competences. The speed and the complexity of our society and of the labor market requires independent self-directed learners. This is not what we learned in school. Our L2L competence was not developed there. Most of us when thinking about our learning, will relate that to experiences we have in following lessons and courses, mostly in school. The problem is that many people who score poor or badly in formal education draw from that the conclusion that they are ʻbad or poor learnersʼ. For them the word ʻlearningʼ has a negative quotation and the logical consequence is often a vicious circle. How can adult education answer to the modern challange of a rapidly developing world in which the creation of knowledge increases exponentially and learning is essential? L2L is nowadays a must for everybody. The 'Choose your learning Choose your life' projects departed precisely from this question and addressed this subject by focusing on the adult educators' facilitating roles. The main goal of the project was to promote learning to learn and self-directed learning as tools for independency and it targeted mainly to adult educators who had the chance of improving their L2L facilitation competence.

A booklet was published about the outcomes of the project:




This project was financed by the Grundtvig Learning Partnership Action - Lifelong Learning Programme - Project n. 2012-1-IT2-GRU06-37714 and it involved 4 partners from 3 different countries: Pame Ambro (Italy), Work in Progress (Italy), Citizens of Europe e V. (Germany) Rökstólar samvinnumiðstöð, ehf. (Iceland).

L2L and SDL 4 Employability 

Together with partners from Italy, Belgium, Turkey and Iceland Pame Ambro worked in a Project to explore how Learning to Learn and Self-Directed-Learning can contribute to Employability. The project finished in August 2016. Two publications about the project are available now. 

The project ‘Learning to Learn(L2L) and Self Directed Learning (SDL) to support Employability’ took place between September 2014 and August 2016. The main aim of the project was to investigate how L2L and SDL can support employability of learners. Four countries participated in this project: Belgium, Iceland, Italy and Turkey. In all countries so-called ‘learning spaces’ took place in which people participated who were unemployed at that moment. Learning spaces guided by innovative educational principles, with L2L and SDL being the underlying approach, where unemployed people can set their learning and development process supported by facilitators.

The expected result from this project was a process of personal and professional development that supports unemployed people to increase their self-esteem, to increase their network, to develop new transversal and professional skills, to be more aware of themselves as a learner (and maybe to re-start a formal educational path), to develop a pro-active attitude and all in all feel much more empowered and not dependent on the system being able to deal better with their realities.

In order to draw from the project conclusions and recommendations towards an approach for setting up learning spaces for unemployed people a research was carried out during the project. The research was coordinated by two researchers from Work in Progress and Pame Ambro in close cooperation with the other partners. The main basic question for the research was: “What elements contribute to a good self-directed learning environment?”. The focus was on 3 components to investigate: the relation between learners and facilitators, the group climate and the impact of the space on learning.

Taking into account the objectives of this project the 4th element a special focus was put on how this self-directed environment contributed to the employability of the people participating in this project.

Under here you can download the two publications.