We are living in a changing society. People need new skills to respond to what’s happening around them and get on at work, in learning and in life. The recently launched LSE project aims to improve basic skills provision in Europe by explaining, further developing and upscaling the life skills approach.
In 2011, nearly 44 million Europeans declared that they have a disability that limits activities in their daily life. The number is growing and the living conditions of disabled people still need to be improved in Europe, the ENIL – the European Network on Independent Living - underlines.
The recently launched initiative by the European Commission sets objectives and requirements for EU member states to tackle the issue of low-skilled adults in Europe. EAEA welcomes the initiative and is currently working on it with its members.
ADULT EDUCATION & REFUGEES. Thousands of refugees and migrants living in Europe are with disabilities, and their situation is often not very well known. After a study visit in Greece, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organised a public hearing on ‘The situation of refugees and migrants with disabilities’ on the 14th of February in Brussels.
In 2017 the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) and its members celebrate the Year of Adult Education in Europe. The campaign initiatied by EAEA makes visible the adult education activities around Europe and makes visible the power and joy of learning.
With the New Skills Guarantee (“Upskilling Pathways”), the European Commission has presented an ambitious strategy for improving skills of adults all around Europe. Several Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Commission and the Council of Europe as well as civil society discussed the Skills Agenda in a meeting of the Lifelong Learning Interest Group on 30 November 2016.
ADULT EDUCATION & REFUGEES. One and a half years after the climax of the so-called “refugee crisis”, people are still fleeing Syria and the contact zones in the Middle East in great numbers, searching a safer life in Europe. The inclusion of the newly arrived and a certain hopelessness regarding this challenge have dominated the political debate for the majority of this period. What can adult education do to include refugees and migrants in society? A policy debate organised by EAEA in September searched for answers.
While hardly anyone would disagree with the impact of non-formal adult education on active citizenship, social inclusion and well-being, the current state of financing adult education in Europe (and beyond) suggests otherwise. Drawing on the outcomes of the EC Working Group on Financing Adult Learning from 2013, the FinALE project explores several aspects of financing adult learning. The project seeks to develop different tools and indicators that can be used for advocacy at local, national and European level.
“We must think big again and re-vision education in a changing world,” writes Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, in the new publication Rethinking Education: towards a global common good? Education stakeholders from across Europe gathered to discuss how education could be re-imagined in the 21st century
The universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were approved in September 2015 - now back to business as usual until the deadline for their implementation approaches? Shrinking spaces for civil society challenge non-formal adult education and values it seeks to convey, such as active citizenship and political engagement. These values, however, are crucial for achieving the SDGs, stressed the participants of the advisory group meeting which took place in Brussels in September 2016.