The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) welcomes the Paris ‘Declaration on Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education’.
EAEA strongly agrees with the key contribution that education makes to personal development, social inclusion and participation, by imparting the fundamental values and principles which constitute the foundation of our societies. We believe that this aspect of education and learning has taken a backseat in the policies and strategies of the last few years and are delighted that the ministers now recognise its importance. We agree that this aspect is crucial for children and young people in the formal system, but want to underline that non-formal learning and adult education can make a big contribution to promoting citizenship and common values among adults, too.
All the competences that the Paris declaration mentions, such as:
are important for adults as well.
EAEA therefore proposes: