Economic Literacy across Europe
The Grundtvig-partners finished the publication „Economic literacy across Europe – tools to empower women“
Tool collection: Economic Literacy across Europe
Herramientas: Alfabetización ecónomica en Europa
Almost two years ago five women’s rights, gender and development organisations in
five different countries started the Grundtvig-project “Economic Literacy across Europe:
Exchange and Cooperation to Promote a Feminist Approach in Adult Education”.
We wanted to use the concept of “Economic Literacy” to strengthen the
exchange in this area in order to increase the capacity of women in the field of economics. Together we had four meetings, each hosted by one of the project-partners. These formed the
basis for the dissemination of information, the exchange of experiences and the opportunity to
work on common approaches to increase the quality of tools within the field of economic literacy.
The debates and discussions about the ongoing multiple economic crises and their impact on
women were a constant part of our meetings and exchanges. They showed clearly that the
concept of “Economic Literacy” is still very important and beneficial for our adult education work
with different women’s groups and for the empowerment of women and girls worldwide, which
is the main goal of the economic literacy approach we employ.
Economic literacy is about understanding national, regional, EU- specific and global economy,
and our place within it. It is therefore a useful approach in times of globalisation and substantial
changes that are taking place in relation to social, political and economic paradigms.
Economic literacy allows a better understanding of processes in economic spheres and empowers people to create alternative ways of thinking and acting that can improve their standing in their daily lives, on the labour market, and as citizens.
Throughout the project the partners compared their own well-tried tools with the tools of other
partners, experimented with some new ones, and tested the tools together. Some of the tools
have been exchanged from one partner to another and has resulted in modifications. We also
had quite an intensive discussion on our diverse understandings of the “what is a tool?” question,
which helped to broaden our views and deepen our insights.
The result is this collection of “good-practice tools” that include a variety of methods, training
tools, multimedia tools, and research approaches. The collection of tools reflects the diversity of
the organisations and their diverse methodological approaches and access to economic literacy.
We hope the tool collection will prove to be a useful source of methods and ideas for other organisations and individuals working in adult education to increase the capacities of women in the economy and about economics.
Our thanks go to the Grundtvi /Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union that enabled
and financed this project.