What will the follow-up framework of ET2020 look like?
30.09.2019

ET2020: What will come after 2020?

Ten years have gone by since the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020) was adopted by the Member States of the European Union. The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has closely followed up its implementation. While ET2020 has brought some improvements for the field of education and training, progress in adult learning has been slow. The successor of ET2020 should be ambitious, but also ensure that its objectives can be reached by promoting national strategies for their implementation.

In a statement released in September 2019, EAEA demands setting more ambitious benchmarks for adult education, increasing the visibility of adult education within the field of education and training, making access to and participation in lifelong learning a human right and promoting life skills for a more social and sustainable European future.

Download the statement (pdf)

EAEA makes a number of recommendations for the follow-up framework of ET2020. We recommend to

  1. expand the target for adult learning and include a benchmark of 60% of the population participating in adult education, using the Adult Education Survey,
  2. extend the age groups considered in the Labour Force Survey and Adult Education Survey to the age of 80 years,
  3. set the share of the gross domestic product spent on adult learning at 1.5% of the GDP,
  4. avoid renaming “adult education” to “continuous learning” to ensure that adult education is considered in its diversity that takes into account different target groups and learning needs, 
  5. recognise adult education as a central education sector as well as to provide adequate financial instruments,
  6. promote life skills for the personal and professional development of individuals as well as the development of communities,
  7. build an inclusive and comprehensive strategy that includes all sectors of education within the lifelong learning continuum for tackling the Sustainable Development Goals and combating climate change and
  8. enable more and closer cooperation between the different education sectors, including through political and financial support.

More information

Gina Ebner
EAEA Secretary-General
tel: +32 2 893 25 24
gina.ebner(at)eaea.org

Photos: Malta Union of Teachers

15.10.2019 advocacy

EAEA Secretary General honoured for impact on adult education in Europe

Gina Ebner, Secretary General of the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in September 2019.

30.09.2019 LLL interest group

Skills for Life, Skills for the Future

BRUSSELS, 30 September 2019 – On 25 September, ahead of the second European Education Summit, the European Parliament’s Lifelong Learning Interest Group met to discuss Skills for Life, Skills for the Future with Members of the European Parliament Julie Ward and Sirpa Pietikäinen, representatives of the European Commission, Finnish Presidency of the Council and stakeholders from all sectors of education, training and beyond. The meeting focused on how to better implement the concept of life skills, which enable people to fully participate in society as self-sufficient individuals, by bringing various domains and stakeholders together, including the different configurations of the EU institutions.

30.09.2019 advocacy

ET2020: What will come after 2020?

Ten years have gone by since the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET2020) was adopted by the Member States of the European Union. The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has closely followed up its implementation. While ET2020 has brought some improvements for the field of education and training, progress in adult learning has been slow. The successor of ET2020 should be ambitious, but also ensure that its objectives can be reached by promoting national strategies for their implementation.