ALE providers need structural and financial support to be able to continue learning programmes and courses in and after the crisis
24.03.2020

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.

Text: EAEAPhotos: Canva

18.05.2020 advocacy

EAEA launches campaign for a continuation of the agenda for adult learning

EAEA has launched a campaign for the continuation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning. The agenda has been central for improving adult learning structures and increasing participation in adult learning, but has not yet been fully implemented in all countries. EAEA believes that a further push for adult education at the European level is needed.

30.04.2020 COVID-19

Critical media literacy to fight fake news

As we are becoming more interconnected than ever before, many of us who are away from friends or family are still able to keep in touch, share our news, and look after our loved ones, just online. However, while social media and the internet are letting us share and connect with the people who matter most, it is also a breeding ground for false information and rumours. This is commonly referred to as ‘fake news’. A project coordinated by KVS and our quick tips show how fake news can be unmasked.

28.04.2020 digitalisation

EAEA country reports going digital

A new website brings together EAEA country reports in an interactive and accessible way, visualizing key trends in adult education in Europe.