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EAEA is working for the increased inclusion of adult education in development policies and strategies. Lifelong learning is a key for achieving social change and reducing poverty levels around the world. It has the capacity to positively affect many dimensions of poverty, peace, reconciliation as well as conflict prevention.

Adult education creates change through enhancing employment prospects, improving health levels and financial literacy of poor people as well as giving better chances of acquiring the tools needed to run their own lives. However, these benefits are often not understood outside of the educational discourse. There is a lack of recognition of the education sector when looking at development goals, in particular non-formal adult education.

Since 2015, EAEA is an Associate Member of CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development. See an infographic on EAEA and development.

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Post-2015 agenda

15 years after the Millenium Development Goals, the global goals for education in development will be newly defined in the post-2015 process. Apart from the new goals and the definition of the numbers of persons that should attain a certain level of education, the question of the implementation of these goals becomes increasingly important. EAEA and its members will follow up on the post-2015 process and encourage discussion on adult education in the new development agenda.

ICAE has recently published a position paper about the outcomes of the negotiations on the SDGs that took place in the past few months. You can read the position paper here in English, French and Spanish.

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EAEA events related to development

Past events

EAEA members working with development


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Further reading

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