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Everyone working in adult learning will have an answer to this question: because it promotes skills and competences in a wide range of fields, particularly of those who are furthest away from learning, because it fosters social inclusion, and “simply” because it means joy and contributes to people’s well-being, to name just a few. However, as the sector is affected by decreasing public funding and structural changes in the way it is financed, there is a growing need to raise awareness of the benefits of adult education and the reasons why it should be better funded.
The LSE project partners have revealed the definition of "life skills" that they have been working on in the last year. The definition is the final result of an inspiring research process that includes interviews, good practice and tools collection, an analysis and a literature review. All this is now available in the LSE project website.
This spring marks a momentum for awareness raising about non-formal adult education and for increasing European funding for this sector. As the negotiations for the financial framework of the EU programmes have started, EAEA calls for more budget and easier access to funding for adult education.