The network brought together 17 organisations from 14 countries. Our aim was to tackle the need for outreach to disadvantaged groups, for the development of more diversity in adult education, and for the empowerment of its learners to become active European citizens.


The project, coordinated by EAEA, aimed at creating a European Network on outreach, empowerment and diversity. Indeed, there is an urgent need for outreach to marginalised groups (especially migrants and ethnic minorities), for the development of more diversity in adult education (especially the inclusion of learners´ voices), and for the empowerment of its learners to become active European citizens. The network improved approaches in reaching out to disadvantaged groups as well as in promoting diversity in organisations. It contributed to better teaching methodology and enhanced active citizenship by advocaing for participatory education and tailor-made learning. The netowrk also supported the development of better policies aimed at integration and lifelong learning. The OED project had an impact on the participating institutions, teachers, trainers and (managing) staff in adult education, learners, especially from disadvantaged groups, other stakeholders in lifelong learning and policy makers.

OED network_general presentation from EAEA2015


The objectives of the network were:

  • better integration of disadvantaged groups
  • a stronger intercultural understanding of the diverse groups for each other
  • more empowered and active citizens based on their learning and development
  • more diverse adult education institutions, which will help them be more effective instruments of integration
  • the stronger involvement of a diverse group of learners, which will on the one hand improve the participation in lifelong learning, but also the active citizenship and the integration of learners´ voices

Target group:

The main target groups were roma people and adults with low education levels.


The network:


Kick off Meeting- Brussels, 23-24 January 2012

Second partner meeting - Bonn, 15-15 June 2012

Third partner meeting - Vienna, 17-18 January 2013

Trainers workshop - Malmo, 16-18 April 2013