The debate was hosted by MEP and Shadow Minister for Education and Employment Therese Comodini Cachia (EPP, MT). Next to her EAEA President Per Paludan Hansen.
15.12.2015

“We need adult education to live together in inclusive societies”

On 1st of December, EAEA organised a Policy Lunch on “Adult Education: achievements and challenges ahead”. The latest EAEA publications and upcoming plans for 2016 were presented in the event.

The three portrayed documents, ‘Manifesto for Adult Learning in the 21st Century’, EAEA Policy Paper on Health and EAEA Grundtvig Award 2015, aim at policy-makers to present how adult education can play a key role to bring solutions to the challenges Europe is currently facing.

“We need a European agenda with a strong focus on adult education and skills, where adult education is not just about skills for the labour market but is about skills for life. In the light of recent tragic events, we need adult education to live together in inclusive societies,” underlined EAEA President Per Paludan Hansen, presenting the Manifesto.

Lifelong learning to defeat poverty

MEP Therese Comodini Cachia, member of the Interest Group on Lifelong Learning initiated by EAEA and Lifelong Learning Platform, referred to a recent Draft Joint Employment Report published by the European Commission which outlined an increase of poverty in Europe. She emphasised that it is imperative for policy makers to do their very utmost to understand the needs and social environment that these people live in.

“We need to devise lifelong learning measures that address their needs. If we fail to do this we would be guilty of increasing differences in society, poverty as well as marginalisation,” she said.

EAEA would like to thank Ms. Comodini Cachia for hosting the Policy Lunch and for her active participation in the debate that pursued the common purpose of raising awareness on adult learning and putting forward the need to introduce a holistic approach at all levels of decision-making. 

Text: Inna KravchokPhotos: Karl Agius, Raffaela Kihrer

28.11.2022 advocacy

A wider access to Erasmus+ programme is needed in Eastern Europe

EAEA urges the EU to offer more opportunities for participation of Eastern European non-EU countries in the Erasmus+ programme.

28.11.2022 advocacy

2022 - a year that will shape the adult learning and education of the future?

2022 has, so far, been a very eventful year for adult learning and education at the European and international levels. Together with civil society partners, EAEA has been bringing the voice of adult learners into the discussions and negotiations on several key adult learning policies.

18.11.2022 access

Call for urgent action to mitigate the impact of the energy crisis and inflation on ALE provision

European adult learning and education organisations are ringing the alarm bell: the energy crisis and inflation in Europe are spreading far and wide and are starting to show their negative impact on the adult learning and education (ALE) sector. EAEA calls for urgent action to mitigate the impact of the energy crisis and inflation on ALE provision and to ensure access to learning opportunities for all adults.