Liisa Jaakonsaari, Social Democratic Party, Finland

Currently an MEP.

1. What does lifelong learning mean to you?

Lifelong learning is part of my own life. Everyday I study new things intensively: economic policy, security policy etc.

2. How will you support the promotion of adult education and lifelong learning if you are elected?

Developing educational systems is under the legislation of the member states but at the EU level educational policy is coordinated and compared. At the EU also experiences of best practises are shared. The EU 2020 strategy is important and it highlights lifelong learning strongly. The economic crisis has unfortunately reflected on the resources targeted to raising skills levels especially in the member states affected by the crisis, but also allover Europe.

3. In your opinion and experience, how can different disadvantaged groups (elderly, migrants etc.) be included in lifelong learning in order to support their social inclusion?

Each member state should take the matter seriously. The EU provides funding for projects linked to the subject through for example European Social Fund.

4. What do you see as the role for non-formal adult education in helping to implement EU educational policy?

In general non-formal adult education is appreciated. The valuation varies in different countries. On the EU level new innovations and thoughts on how to enable social mobility and support skills are appreciated.

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