Europe is facing a humanitarian catastrophe. European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) asks political leaders to show solidarity and strong leadership to respond to the current refugee crisis. The Association points out that adult education providers and civil society organisations provide fundamental support to respond to the arrival of refugees and to their long-term inclusion in their host countries.
Hosted by M. Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission in cooperation with EU Commissioner for Justice Ms. Věra Jourová, the first Annual Colloquium on fundamental rights in the EU took place in Brussels on 1st and 2nd of October 2015.
The European Association for the Education of Adults welcomes the draft joint report and the new priorities. EAEA welcomes the renewed focus on lifelong learning systems and the fact that adult learning remains a key part of the ET2020 strategic framework.
On October 21st, 2015 EAEA’s Finnish member The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation co-organised an event in Helsinki, Finland discussing the adult education scenario in Europe and its relevance in the global context.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), approved in September 2015, set the policy targets that should be reached everywhere by 2030. EAEA Membership and Events Officer Raffaela Kihrer (RK) asked Katarina Popović (KP), the Secretary General of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), about the role of adult education in the new goals.
Celebrating innovation and excellence in adult education, the EAEA Grundtvig Award is given annually to projects that produce new ideas, new partnerships, new methodologies and a new understanding on how we can work in adult learning. In 2016, the EAEA is looking for excellent projects that promote the learning of, with and about refugees or migrants.
A panel of experts from the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission has selected the EAEA-coordinated Outreach, Empowerment, Diversity (OED) Grundtvig Network as a "success story". The project that run between 2012 and 2014, tackled the need for outreach to marginalized groups, especially migrants and ethnic minorities, for the development of more diversity in adult education, and especially the inclusion of learners' voices, and for the empowerment of its learners to become active European citizens.
EAEA member, the Verband der Volkshochschulen des Saarlandes (VHS-Saar), has been awarded with 500 laptops by the Google.org foundation in the framework of its project "reconnect" that aims to facilitate the integration of migrants.
On 1-2 February 2016, EAEA’s Austrian member Bildungshaus Schloss Retzhof organised a Symposium on refugees and adult education. The event, to which EAEA actively contributed, represented a valuable opportunity to share experiences and discuss the directions that adult education could take in the current refugee situation.
EAEA welcomes the Resolution of the European Council on "Promoting socio-economic development and inclusiveness in the EU through education: the contribution of education and training to the European Semester 2016," which highlights the need for education and training to respond to these challenges. EAEA stresses the importance of non-formal and informal learning, and in particular of adult education, that receive too little attention in this Resolution.