With the release of a communication on improving and modernising education, the European Commission has presented an ambitious strategy to modernise and increase investment as well as accessibility in the field of education. The Lifelong Learning Interest Group wants to make sure that the principles are applied from the perspective of lifelong learning. Representatives from the Maltese Presidency of the European Council and DG EAC of the European Commission as well as civil society representatives discussed the principles of inclusiveness for improved and modernised education in a meeting on 21 March 2017 at the European Parliament.
While adult education in Europe faces many challenges, there are also great success stories: in 2014, Portuguese adult education associations formed new structures at the national level and established a strong platform to advocate better adult education policies in Portugal: APCEP, EAEA member since 2015. A highlight for this young organisation was the launch of the “Qualifica” Programme, a new adult education initiative in Portugal.
An online meeting place for providers, experts and learners, a self-assessment tool and an accessibility award are some of the outputs produced in the three-year AEMA project that is now coming to an end. The project succeeded in contributing to a more equal and broader access to adult education for disabled people.
This year’s EAEA Grundtvig award winners will receive miniature sculptures of Girona’s city symbols. The call for the award submissions is now open.
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.