European policies

Adult education significantly contributes to European objectives and should thus be in the heart of them.

In order to progress to a cohesive, prosperous, peaceful Europe that is able to deal with the challenges of the future in a positive way, adult education is essential.

Adult education contributes to:

  • European strategies for a smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
  • The values at the center of the European strategy as equity, social cohesion, active citizenship, and also creativity and innovation.
  • Raising Europe’s employment rate by getting people (back) into work, by validating their skills and competences or upskilling them.
  • Efforts to reduce the high number – 80 million – of people with low basic skills who benefit less from lifelong learning than more educated people: adult education does outreach and empowerment actions to reach out to them.
  • The EU target of having at least 20 million fewer people in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion as education allows them to gain self-confidence and find ways to be socially included and find a job (or a better job).

From jobs and growth to the digital single market, from climate change to the internal market, from migration to global issues and democratic change, adult education contributes to many European agendas

From jobs and growth to the digital single market, from climate change to the internal market, from migration to global issues and democratic change, adult education contributes to many European agendas, such as the EU 2020 and President Juncker’s agenda. Additionally, adult education is a key tool for achieving the UN’s Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).