24.02.2022

EAEA stands firmly in solidarity with the people of Ukraine

To our colleagues and friends in Ukraine and their affiliates,

We stand firmly in solidarity with the people of Ukraine today. EAEA has advocated for non-formal adult learning and education to promote peace, democracy and solidarity since 1953. Adult education is transformative and connective for individuals, communities and society. Our values are democracy, mutual understanding and tolerance, respect for human rights and transnational and intercultural dialogue. 

In these years, we have had the opportunity to appreciate the extraordinary work of our colleagues in Ukraine in defence of these democratic values and human rights. Rest assured that the European adult learning and education community will offer you and your families every possible support.

By bringing people together, adult education has been instrumental to foster equity, cooperation and resilient communities. Violence and war have no place in Europe: generations of Europeans, including adult learners and educators, have devoted their lives to building peace and solidarity. We cannot let anyone take away the foundations of our democratic societies. 

EAEA calls for a diplomatic solution to the crisis to protect the people of Ukraine and our shared values, while assuring assistance and humanitarian aid to those in need.

In solidarity,

The European Association for the Education of Adults

Reactions of EAEA members and affiliated organisations

Expression of solidarity with Ukraine from La Ligue de l’Enseignement France

Appeal from the AdB European and International Civic Education Commission

Open letter from the Ukrainian Association of Adult Education

Statement of the DARE network

Light show of Lisbon City Council to show solidarity with Ukraine

Expression of solidarity of the Latvian Adult Education Association

Expression of solidarity of the Association of Estonian Folk High Schools

Statement of EAEA’s European umbrella association CONCORD

Statement of solidarity of Leikn Iceland

Text: EAEA

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