20.12.2021

EAEA’s working group publishes context paper on digitalisation and democracy

After a very fruitful year of meeting online, discussing and learning from each other, EAEA’s Working Group on Digitalisation is happy and proud to make the context paper on the annual topic now available for everybody.

Having chosen our annual topic in 2021 digitalisation and democracy, EAEA, together with its partners, has not only dedicated this year’s Grundtvig award to digitalisation and democracy but has invited key stakeholders to join a working group on digitalisation.

EAEA and the other representatives of the working group from Dafni Kek, CPIP Romania, Associação Portuguesa para a Cultura e Educação Permanente (APCEP), the Câmara Municipal de Lisboa, the Arbeitskreis deutscher Bildungsstätten (AdB), the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE), and the Lernraum.Wien are publishing their “Context Paper: Digitalisation and Democracy”. The paper is the result of extended research, meetings and discussions and reflects the current state of the conceptualisation of democracy and digitalisation and their representation in adult education and learning. 

The paper has a closer look at the conceptualisation of democracy within the context of digitalisation, the power conditions and dynamics in the digital space, as well as digital politics and digitalisation in the public space. It also briefly discusses digital rights in Europe and addresses digitally excluded groups. In this, it focuses on adult learners, teachers and educators, their digital competences and also the role of ALE in Democracy and Digitalisation.

You can find the paper and the policy recommendations here.

We wish you a pleasant read and invite you to let us know what your thoughts are!

19.01.2022 Democracy

Fighting exclusion through proximity, accessibility, and engagement

Local bodies joined forces to provide distance learning opportunities and to foster well-being among the citizens of Umbria, Italy. The #GEMMA project won the 2021 EAEA Grundtvig Award in the category of local, regional and national initiatives.

22.12.2021 country reports

EAEA country reports 2021 published

EAEA is proud to present the 2021 country reports, offering a civil society perspective on the state of adult learning and education (ALE) in Europe. This year, we have asked our members about sustainability, funding and the impact of COVID-19 on the ALE sector.

21.12.2021 advocacy

We need to scream loudly about adult education: advocacy at the heart of EAEA training programmes in 2021

“It’s very important to be visible and to have influence on the discussion. We need to scream loudly about adult education - sometimes we do it literally,” said Gina Ebner during the EAEA Younger Staff Training 2021. Advocacy for improved adult learning policy has been the cross-cutting theme of two EAEA training programmes organised this autumn.