ALE can contribute significantly to achieving the objectives of the new European Democracy Action Plan.
07.09.2020

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.

Download EAEA’s statement on the consultation.

Non-formal adult learning and education has emancipatory and transformative learning at its core – represented across the traditions of ‘liberal’ adult education, popular education, Nordic ‘folkbildning’ and German ‘Bildung’. The sector’s foundational pillars are built around civic engagement, critical thinking and the promotion of democratic values such as social pluralism and inclusion. It also provides the necessary skills and tools to understand and participate in society. Promoting active citizenship, democracy and participation through ALE is one of the cornerstones of EAEA’s work.

EAEA urges the European Commission to:

  • Embrace a holistic approach to democracy that puts a stronger emphasis on the role of civil society, including in lifelong learning and ALE
  • Recognise the key role of non-formal adult learning and education (ALE) in providing the skills and competences needed for active citizenship, democratic engagement and critical thinking
  • Promote civic education (or ‘citizenship education’) for adults by strengthening this key area of ALE within EU programmes and by allocating specific funding to this area
  • Strengthen civil society in ALE by encouraging the creation of national umbrella organisations in countries where they do not exist yet
  • Protect the space for civil society, to further encourage EU Member States to interact and consult with civil society all over Europe, and to seek civil dialogue with countries outside of the EU

Text: EAEA

13.10.2021 Democracy

EAEA awarded digitalisation and democracy in adult education

MEDIA RELEASE. The 18th annual Grundtvig Awards were given to #GEMMA and DIGIT-AL. Both initiatives have made great contributions in building digital citizenship and promoting democracy.

01.10.2021 advocacy

EAEA has opened its annual country reports survey

EAEA has opened its annual country reports survey. The country reports, published on the country reports website since 2019, inform all ALE stakeholders about innovations and challenges in our sector and have become a key document for our advocacy. Our members are invited to complete this year's survey by 22 October. The 2021 country reports will be published at the end of the year.

30.09.2021 policy

The power of Bildung

EAEA's Bildung project has launched its very first project result, providing a comprehensive overview on why we need Bildung-based approach in adult learning and education. This publication is the first part of a six-issue series exploring Bildung and different thematic topics.