Vox, National Agency for Lifelong Learning, NO

Vox is the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning and belongs to the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Our goal is to contribute to supporting active citizenship, improving employability and increasing participation in education.

Vox contributes to the development of provision for individually adapted training in literacy, numeracy, ICT skills and oral communication skills for adults, and develops methods based on established competence goal descriptions for adult basic skills in co-operation with education providers. We also contribute to the development of screening tools and work to establish further education options and continuing professional development for teachers and facilitators in this field.

Vox is in charge of curricular and pedagogical issues relating to the teaching of Norwegian and socio-cultural orientation to adult immigrants, and monitors the implementation of the curricula and the national tests. In addition, we initiate research and development and disseminate information to relevant stakeholders.  An important part of this task is the provision of professional development for teachers and facilitators in this field.

We administer financial support for pedagogical development in study associations and distance learning institutions, manage the Programme for Basic Competence in Working Life (BKA) and administer subsidies for the operation of peace centres and human rights centres.

Vox carries out research, analyses, reports and evaluations in the field of lifelong learning, and contributes to the body of statistical evidence on adult learning. We also document needs and effects of measures and methods – for the individual and for society.

Vox is actively engaged in the EU’s work for the development of adult learning policy. We coordinate and participate in international networks in the fields of basic skills, validation of non-formal and informal learning, career guidance and integration.  Vox is currently coordinating the European Basic Skills Network, EBSN.

For more information about Vox: www.vox.no/english
Phone: +47 23 38 13 00

Contact details:
randi.husemoen@vox.no
Phone: +47 23 38 13 48