ALE providers need structural and financial support to be able to continue learning programmes and courses in and after the crisis

Support for ALE providers needed to mitigate consequences of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Society throughout Europe and beyond is severely affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19). People are affected in their daily lives and are afraid of the consequences for their health, their workplace and their well-being. Across the continent, ALE providers are being forced to close, with dramatic consequences for employers, institutional sustainability, employees and, last but not least, learners.

Like no other educational sector, ALE employs thousands of freelance trainers who have to struggle with this situation. This particular employment model, which is precarious for many freelance trainers even without a crisis, is the result of insufficient structural and financial support for ALE providers over a long period of time, in almost all European countries.

Although courses and training programmes can still be continued online in some contexts, a large part of them had to be cancelled. Non-formal ALE not only provides knowledge, skills and competences but is also a key measure for the social inclusion of the most vulnerable groups in society. These groups suffer most from the crisis as they most likely do not have access to ICT equipment and strong internet connections. Moreover, in this difficult economic and social situation, people’s priorities are shifting towards satisfying their most urgent basic needs and those of their families.

EAEA, the voice of non-formal ALE in Europe, will closely monitor the situation and advocate for measures to mitigate the impact of the crisis. We expect national governments and European institutions to take effective measures to enable ALE providers and staff to cope with the consequences of this unpredictable crisis. Europe needs a strong ALE sector to meet the economic, social and environmental challenges of the coming years, now more than ever!

This is what EAEA members say about the coronavirus crisis:

This page will be updated regularly.

16.09.2020 advocacy

“Sustainability is not only about the environment”

In a vibrant online discussion on 16 September 2020, stakeholders from education, environment and development sectors gathered with European decision-makers to take stock of the role of education to build sustainable societies. The meeting, which was moderated by LLLP Secretary-General Giuseppina Tucci, focused on how education and lifelong learning can contribute to sustainable development not only from an economic, environment point of view but also social.

07.09.2020 advocacy

Adult learning and education for strengthening democratic values

EAEA welcomes the consultation on a European Democracy Action Plan launched by the European Commission. Adult learning and education (ALE) can contribute significantly to achieving the objectives of the new Democracy Action Plan. The public consultation will remain open until 15 September.

27.08.2020 advocacy

Support adult education in the Digital Education Action Plan!

The European Commission invites all citizens, institutions and organisations from the public and private sectors to participate in the public consultation on the Digital Education Action Plan until 4 September 2020.