GINCO, Grundtvig International Network of Course Organisers, is a European network of international course organisers in formal and non-formal adult education. The aims of GINCO are:

  • Increasing both the quantity and quality of adult and continuing education in Europe;
  • Establishing a professional network of actors in this regard;
  • Stimulating mutual contact and exchanging best practices, expertise and know-how.

The network’s activities are a very interesting proposition for organisations/teachers involved in adult education.

Unique international course for teachers and trainers in formal and non-formal adult education and training

Applied storytelling: a multifunctional didactic tool in the classroom
4-9 July 2021

Storytelling in Adult Education is a course about how to use oral storytelling and storytelling techniques in formal
and non-formal adult learning. It offers five days of presentations, workshops & performances.

Target Group
Adult education staff and trainers, community workers …

Description of the Course
Storytelling in Adult Education is a course about how to use oral storytelling and storytelling techniques in formal and non-formal adult learning. The course will be hosted and run in the beautiful Storytelling Castle Alden Biesen in
Belgium, the home of the biggest international storytelling festival in Europe. It offers five days of presentations, workshops & performances.

Storytelling and narrative teaching approaches are known to help improve verbal and communication skills in the mother tongue and/or in a foreign language. It also impacts imagination, creativity, social and civic
competences, values, intercultural understanding, cultural awareness and expression. But specifically for adult education, introducing storytelling techniques offers a set of tools for inclusion. Storytelling
offers bottom-up narrative art, it creates a community of co-creation, it facilitates to hear and to be heard, it lowers the threshold to art, it stimulates a constructivist meaning making process, it helps create metaphors to by-pass the
unspeakable… Stories are heritage, they are gateways to heritage and to other cultures. 

The main trainer at the course will be a professional storyteller, Giovanna Conforto. Guest speakers will add specific topics to the programme.

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Sheherazade, 1001 Stories for Adult Learning, is a European Grundtvig project that introduces the magic of storytelling in formal and non-formal adult education. The project focuses on the linguistic, (multi)cultural and social aspects of stories and storytelling. Amongst others it is aimed at helping adult immigrants and newcomers develop creativity, communication & foreign language skills in order to build competencies for inclusion.

For two years, the European partners, under the direction of Alden Biesen, cooperated in the research into and the development of a theoretical background and methodology; every participating country collected best practices, set up pilot projects and held study days. The project resulted in a manual and international course material.


Alden Biesen is also a partner in several European projects on the measurement and validation of the results of informal and non-formal learning. These projects are being coordinated by BUPNET in Göttingen, Germany. Many activities in the socio-cultural sector incorporate an element of ‘learning’. Measuring and validating these learning results can be useful both for the organisation and individual participants. It creates an opportunity for the organisation to demonstrate the (added) value of its operation while participants can add their ‘certificate’ to their portfolio and use it as ‘externally acquired competencies’.

The VILMA (Validation of Informal Learning in Mobility Activities) partnership elaborates a validation system for international mobilisation activities as a model for informal learning situations.


Story Regions is a strategic partnership under the wings of Erasmus+ where 5 countries explore the potential of storytelling and storytelling techniques as an instrument of cooperation between various target groups in educational, social and cultural organisations. The project promotes storytelling as a joint approach to intersectoral collaboration.

  Regionforbundet Vasterbottens Lan (SE) – coordinator
  Landcommanderij Alden Biesen (BE)
  Centro Studi Holden (IT)
  Bielsko Artistic Association Grodzki Theatre (PL)

Castle Europe

Europe Castle

Come to Alden Biesen’s Castle Europe and submerge yourself in the European context. Alden Biesen stands for culture, training and education in a European dimension.

We offer a broad spectrum of activities within the framework of the European Union’s educational and cultural programmes.

Europe Castle: info days and seminars

Are you a teacher in adult education and are you interested in an international collaboration for yourself and your students? Alden Biesen offers information and support through study days, project monitoring days and a helpdesk.