EAEA President: Per Paludan Hansen

Chair of Danish Adult Education Association (DAEA), Secretary-General of Liberal Adult Education Association (LOF) (Denmark)

Nominated by: DAEA

  • Born in 1965;
  • Master degree in political science (MSc) from Aarhus University, Denmark;
  • President of EAEA since 2013 and previously served as a member of the Board since 2008;
  • Chairman of the board of DAEA (Danish Adult Education Association) since 2007;
  • General Secretary at LOF (Liberal Adult Education Association) since 2001, an organisation that he has worked for since 1994.

How do you want to contribute to the work of EAEA, based on your experience in your organisation?

For the work in EAEA I bring knowledge of several aspects of and conditions for adult education across Europe. I bring experience and knowledge from several years of working with national and European institutions. Over the years I have built a broad personal network that I find useful in keeping up with current issues and developments throughout Europe.

What are your motivations as a EAEA President?

With our manifesto for adult learning in the 21st century, the EAEA has established a strong and clear voice for adult learning. The EAEA has a strong and recognized position. EAEA is a key stakeholder and a clear voice of adult education throughout Europe. At the same time, there have never been a stronger need for adult education. There are important and urgent tasks to handle for our association.

I have four focus points in my work as president:

First of all, adult education needs to strengthen its profile. The manifesto is a key paper, which we must unfold in campaigns, like our European Year for Adult Education, and in national and European activities, like influencing and cooperating with key decision makers.

Secondly, we need to continue to push adult education higher up on the political agenda in Europe. EAEA is the voice of adult education in Brussels to do so.

Thirdly, the focus for EAEA should not only be on the European Union but on Europe as a whole.

Finally, EAEA must continue to enhance dialogue and exchange of experience between its member organisations and identify and encourage new ideas and balance various interests amongst ourselves.

Which other information about you would you like to share with the EAEA members?

I have taken up running as a pastime and that has done me a lot of good. I finished my first half marathon last year and feel tempted by the challenge to perform a full marathon.