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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. In co-operation with education providers we develop methods based on established competence goal descriptions for adult basic skills. We 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. We monitor the implementation of the curricula and the national tests, initiate research and development and disseminate information to stakeholders in the field.  An important part of this task is the provision of professional development for teachers and facilitators in this field.

Vox manages the Programme for Basic Competence in Working Life (BKA) and administers subsidies for the operation of study organizations, peace centres and human rights centres. From 1 January 2011, a National Unit for Career Guidance will be established in Vox. Vox cooperates with the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training in the field of recognition and validation of non- formal and informal learning.

Vox carries out research and analysis, reports in the field of lifelong learning. We contribute 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.

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