Safe spAces For lEarning

A safe space is a space which, either technically or emotionally, is meant to provide equal opportunities, representation and communication outlets for marginalised groups or persons in an environment of respect and understanding that eliminate oppressive behaviours, recognises struggle and cultivates dialogue.

Historically safe spaces have been places for marginalised individuals and groups to come together and communicate regarding their experience with marginalisation, learn, and engage in social and political matters against repression.

In SAFE we will strive to highlight the triangular relationship between safety and space extending from the actual space, to the online space and the mentality in one’s own sense of creating and seeking safeties.

We hope you Join Us as we try!

Our Objectives and Results

Safe Spaces for Learning Guide

Intellectual Output 1: How to create and maintain a safe space for adult learning

Safe Spaces in everyday life

IO1.A1: Coping with struggle and oppression in everyday life.

Good Practices on Safe Spaces for Learning

A visual library of existing safe spaces for adult education

The S.A.F.E. Boardgame

Intellectual Output 2: Recognise Bias and Create a Safe Space

Piloting Phase 1

IO2.A.1: Designing the SAFE Board Game

Piloting Phase 2

IO2.A.2: Playing the SAFE Board Game

The SAFE Policy Paper

Sustaining Safe Space Mentalities: Discussing policies on race, gender and civic identity in Europe.

Raise Awareness: On the meaning of discussing race, gender, social and cultural bias

Increase learning demand and take-up: through effective outreach, guidance and motivation strategies

The Multiplier Events 1/2

E1. Dialogue and Reflection in creating Online Safe Spaces for Learning (Greece)

E2. The role of European actions in Creating Impactful Safe Spaces (Belgium- European Level)

E3. Cultivating S.A.F.E. Mentalities in the Community (Italy)

The Multiplier Events 2/2

E4. Working with diverse groups of learners and the Necessity of creating Safe Spaces (Austria)

E5. Discussing theories on Space, Safety and Relevant Concepts (Serbia)

E6. Raising Awareness for Transcending Safe Learning Spaces into the Workplace (Portugal)

Project Partners

EPATV- Coordinator

The project coordinator EPATV argues that to promote social inclusion, active citizenship, employment or self-employment, to prevent early school dropout, gender equality are the key messages that they pass in their daily routines. They have had several projects under these topics with cooperation with the majority of the partnership taht form strong relations and compatible attidudes in a way that boosts the will to go further.

VHS Vienna

VHS Vienna is an historical institution as the adult education organisation of the City of Vienna and has a long standing tradition of working in basic skills education and in working with marginalized groups. VHS Wien has about 150 000 participants in a wide range of courses and an extent esxperience with basic skills education, outreach work and work with refugees.


DAFNI KEK thinks that the statement of Paolo Freire “...there is no transformation without action… Progressive educators need to convince themselves that they are not only teachers-... We are political militants because we are teachers...Our job...requires our involvement in and dedication to overcoming social injustice.” encompasses working against social injustice, including injustice towards diverse groups of adults.


PATATRAC is striving for social inclusion and non-discrimination issues towards young people and adults at risk of social exclusion, immigrants and disabled people, to promote the growth of individuals. The association collaborates with various stakeholders in order to activate a territorial network that works to develop European awareness and active citizenship, and thus although a relatively new organisation its has significant impact on the themes of the progress due to battling everyday challenges at a local level, particularly concerning safe space development as part of the community center Snodo of Aversa.


The EAEA for years has been advocating the need to make education in Europe more inclusive, engaging those who might benefit the most from learning.In the framework of the Regional Network for Adult Education in Europe project (RENEWAL), EAEA analysed national and regional policies and gathered suggestions for their improvement from a civil-society perspective, while through Widening Roma women´s access to non-formal and informal learning validation systems (ROM-ACT) and Action plan for validation and non-formal adult education (AVA) projects, acted for the right of marginalised groups.


The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) is a global network with a specific mandate to advocate for youth and adult learning and education (ALE) as a universal human right. It was created in 1973 and has 7 regional bodies representing more than 800 NGOs – regional, national and sectoral networks – in more than 75 countries. ICAE is a strategic network that promotes adult learning and education as a tool for active citizenship and informed participation of people.

Our Partnership

Creating a safe space for the SAFE consortium means listening, sharing and evolving. As such a safe space is not bound to be geographically demarcated as it can extend to the online communities or even one’s self.