17.12.2020

Improving outreach and access to adult learning in times of COVID-19

The experiences of EAEA members clearly demonstrate that outreach and access have only become more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-isolation and social distancing, digital exclusion, precarious employment situations and a general feeling of uncertainty have mounted new barriers that keep adults from learning. Once again, those who lose out are adults most in need of better (basic) skills.  Statement on improving outreach and access to adult learning in times of COVID-19 concludes EAEA’s thematic work in 2020.

Whether it’s improving wellbeing, wages, self-confidence or social inclusion, adult education can help to promote equality in European society; this however is dependent on participation, and especially participation from those who could benefit most from developing their skills. Those least likely to access adult education are often the ones that need it most. For many adults with low skills, education is characterised by stigma and discomfort, so outreach and access programmes can help not only in developing the confidence of these adults, but also in providing them with skills or qualifications to develop their employability and careers.

As the experiences of EAEA members clearly demonstrate, outreach and access have only become more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. Self-isolation and social distancing, digital exclusion, precarious employment situations and a general feeling of uncertainty have mounted new barriers that keep adults from learning. Once again, those who lose out are adults most in need of better (basic) skills.  

Consult our newly published statement on improving outreach and access to adult learning in times of COVID-19, which concludes EAEA’s thematic work in 2020.

11.01.2021 EAEA events

EAEA's year 2020 in numbers

EAEA had an active year in 2020. Find out more about our work in our infographic.

21.12.2020 sustainability

GreenComp: From a question mark to taking action

EARALL, EfVET and EAEA organised a workshop on the topic of green competences during the Lifelong Learning Week 2020. The discussion focused on how to provide an effective green competences framework that has an impact across education sectors and helps build more sustainable societies. This article is originally published by EARALL.

18.12.2020 advocacy

European Pillar of Social Rights is strengthening adult learning and education

The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is convinced that the European Pillar of Social Rights is a fundamental social strategy for the European Union to move in the direction of raising a community of solidarity which ensures and promotes the social rights of all citizens. EAEA welcomes the fact that the European Pillar of Social Rights is now a cornerstone of the European Semester.