Financing Adult Learning in Europe (FinALE) 

FinALE is a project that aims at analysing the financing of adult education. The main objective is therefore to monitor, analyse and improve adult education policies and mechanisms in funding adult education.


Project description:

In a context of demographic change and increasingly complex needs of society, adult education is a crucial instrument for promoting social cohesion. However, often adult learning is underfunded as compared to other sectors of the education system. For example in the German province of Lower Saxony the proportion of adult education at public funding of education is less than one percent. However, the problem is not limited to Germany. Adult education throughout Europe faces the challenge to secure its financing, or where possible improve it. Adult education providers themselves must cooperate accross Europe to lay the foundations for better decision-making in financing adult education, and to share best practice.

For adult education providers in Europe there is, therefore, urgent need to find European answers to questions such as:

  • Why is investment in adult education necessary?
  • How should the financing be measured so that the measurement is comparable across countries?
  • Which fields of adult education should be supported?
  • How does funding of adult educaton impact the lifelong learning of individuals?
  • What is European best practice of funding adult education?


The Finale project brings together partner organisations from six European countries, and organisations working Europe-wide. Over a period of two years they will co-coperate to analyse existing funding opportunities and to develop recommendations for ensuring sustainable funding in the future.

Project meetings:

First Steering Committee meeting: Hannover (Germany), 11-12 February 2016

The first meeting took place in Hannover, Germany and lasted 2 days. The meeting launched the first phase of the project; outline the aims and objectives of the project; and provided presentations on: the workplan, the division of tasks, the financial arrangements, the communication plan, etc.

Second Steering Committee meeting: Copenhagen (Denmark), 29-30 September 2016

What are the project next steps?

The partnership will publish several papers on why to invest in adult education and where to invest in adult education, as well as stories demonstrating how much financing adult education can contribute to turning lives around. Stay tuned!