28.11.2019

Implementing the new Agenda for Adult Learning: are we there yet?

On 28 November 2011, the Council adopted its Resolution on a Renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning. Aiming to improve adult education policies and provision, it set out an ambitious strategy for the EU Member States to implement by 2020. EAEA demands a strong follow-up strategy for the agenda that builds on synergies with other EU strategies and frameworks.

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For those countries where the renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning (2011) has been fully implemented, adult education structures are comparatively strong. However, many of our EAEA members have stated that the Agenda has only been partially implemented in their country, despite the fact that it should supposedly have been implemented by all EU member states by 2020. A number of other members noted that civil society organisations have had little-to-no influence in the implementation process in their country, despite it being crucial for successful application of the Agenda and its framework.

In a statement about the renewed Agenda, EAEA clarifies that it is essential that there are comprehensive strategies for adult education in Europe in place from 2020 onward. Cooperation between all current European strategies, as well as global frameworks, concerning adult education, EAEA believes, will help to cement values, creating a more holistic approach to adult education policy and provision.

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16.01.2020 advocacy

The added value of non-formal adult learning: large differences in taxation of adult education in Europe

Over the past few years, there have been several initiatives by national and regional governments in EU countries to change the taxation of adult education. The exemption of non-formal adult education from the value-added tax is particularly controversial – as it is often argued by politicians that non-formal adult education is ‘leisure-time entertainment’ and is therefore not an activity in the public interest.

13.01.2020 advocacy

After the EU elections: what will the future of adult learning look like?

The new European Parliament and the new European Commission have started their work on the new portfolios in the second half of 2019. The European Union will have to take a clear direction on issues such as sustainability, democracy, and demographic changes. An EAEA working group explored these issues. The results were published in a background paper in December 2019.

08.01.2020 life skills

How does a life skills approach in adult learning benefit participation?

A new policy paper, published in December, concludes EAEA’s thematic work on life skills in 2019. It outlines the key principles of a life skills approach and its potential for increasing participation levels, and offers a set of recommendations.