Marit Paulsen, Folkpartiet/Liberal Party of Sweden, Sweden
Currently an MEP.
1. How do you view Adult Education and non-formal education in the strategy towards a progressive future for Europe? With the challenges still ahead of us, would you say non-formal education and Adult Education is as important as formal education, or do you view it as something not as vital?
Yes, I think Adult Education and non-formal education is incredibly important. Both my husband and I have folk high-schools to thank for major “turning points” in adult life.
2. What are you prepared to do to strengthen Adult Education on the European Level?
Back in 1991 my husband and I went to rural Portugal to visit a group of women engaged in Adult Education activities for literacy and reading. It was based on the methodology developed by Grundtvig. The EU financed the activity. Seeing that, my commitment and dedication to matters on the European level was heightened.
3. Recent PIAAC results show that one fourth of the population between the age of 16 and 64 lack the education needed to be viewed as “employable”. Going from that, what kind of goals should the EU aim for when it comes to Adult Education, moving forward?
I think it’s important that we have a mutual system for validation of Adult Education.
4. In the post-2015 strategy, education is but one of many items. We think that education is the basis for a more sustainable, equal, growth-driven and democratic Europe. Do you agree that education must be the consistent thread, tying all future strategies together?
As I said earlier, I think Adult Education is very important. It is vital that we have opportunities to “start anew”, later in life.