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EAEA Highlight

Wednesday, October 26, 2016  
Posted by: Leslie Cordie
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Describe the adult and continuing education system in Europe and its connection to the Global Adult Learning community

The educational systems vary in different European countries. In many European countries, however, the financial situation and the strength of adult education in the society continue to be challenges. The public funding from national governments are a pressing issue for many adult education organisations. When the public funds are being cut, in the educational sector adult education and especially non-formal adult education tends to be under the radar.

Currently, due to the movements of refugees and asylum seekers in Europe are posing challenges to the European societies. Adult education can be seen as answering to the educational needs of many asylum seekers and migrants. For this, many organisations in the adult education field are currently tackling the issue on how to best serve the asylum seekers’ needs and situations. The key and most urgent training needs for the migrants are language skills and their knowledge about the society (civic education).

Explain the structure and mission of EAEA and its importance to the adult learning community

The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is the voice of non-formal adult education in Europe. EAEA is a European NGO with 137 member organisations in 44 countries and represents more than 60 million learners Europe-wide.

EAEA is a European NGO whose purpose is to link and represent European organisations directly involved in adult learning. Originally known as the European Bureau of Adult Education, EAEA was founded in 1953 by representatives from a number of European countries.

EAEA promotes adult learning and access to and participation in non-formal adult education for all, particularly for groups currently under-represented.

Who are the main members for EAEA? What are the key ways for AAACE members and others to become involved in EAEA to support adult learning in the global community?

EAEA has currently around 141 member organisations in 45 countries. EAEA’s membership consists of a variety of organisations in the field of adult education and training. The complete list of EAEA members can be found here: http://www.eaea.org/en/membership/eaea-members.html.

What are the major challenges and issues for EAEA in the future?

The resources of adult education are being narrowed all the time. At the same time, the pressing need to improve the skills of adults increases also in Europe. Adult education can contribute significantly to the many societal, economic and individual challenges that face Europe. However, the power of adult education in fighting these issues is not widely recognized by decision-makers, businesses or citizens. One issue is therefore raising awareness of the multifaceted advantages of adult education. EAEA has published a Manifesto that presents all these advantages: http://www.eaea.org/en/policy-advocacy/manifesto-for-adult-learning-in-the-21st-century.html

What are the goals for the partnership with AAACE?

To learn from each other and strengthen cooperation in common issues, such as the TTIP.


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