As a result of activities in the IntALWinE project, the establishment of a 'learners' forum' is a new step in the development of the Slovenian LLW. The forum presents a platform for people committed to lifelong learning to get together, exchange their viewpoints and enrich each other. However, their mingling is envisaged to have larger goals, i.e. to make the voice of learners known and influential in the widest public as well as with professionals, in practice as well as in adult education policy.
The first Slovenian learners' forum was organized on 27 September 2005 within the framework of the 10th LLW. Participants, mainly SIAE award winners in the period 1997-2005, expressed their inclination and willingness to contribute to the activities of the forum - to the best of their abilities and in accordance with their primary fields of work. In their opinion, the role of the learners' forum has to be defined in greater detail therefore they entrusted the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education with the task to lay professional grounds of the forum and carry out some preliminary activities such as: formulate the mission statement and the forum's strategy, as well as assure adequate funding.
Up to date, formal grounds for the fulfilment of these conditions have not been established yet. However, Slovenia is taking active part in international activities in this field. We also expect from the new Grundtvig Learning Partnership project 'Sowing the Learning Seeds' (SLS) to take us further in this area of work.