The European adult learning and education (ALE) community, including adult learners, educators and leaders, are ready to provide any necessary help to everyone fleeing the war.
01.04.2022

European adult learning community is ready to support refugees from Ukraine in their learning pathways

Counting on the long-standing experience of adult education actors in welcoming and empowering newcomers, EAEA reiterates the important role that non-formal adult learning and education can fulfil in supporting refugees. In our statement, we make several recommendations to policymakers for short-term, but also mid-term and long-term actions to support refugees in their learning pathways as well as to support adult learning structures in Ukraine for reconstruction and reconciliation.

Read and download the full statement here (pdf)

Europe is facing a huge humanitarian crisis. According to the official data of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, millions of refugees have already been forced to flee the war in Ukraine moving to neighbouring countries, while many people have been displaced internally within Ukraine. In the coming months, several million Ukrainian refugees will need protection and assistance in European countries.

The EU must welcome refugees from Ukraine, offering safety, protection and support. The European adult learning and education (ALE) community, including adult learners, educators and leaders, are ready to provide any necessary help to everyone fleeing the war. Counting on the long-standing experience of adult education actors in welcoming and empowering newcomers, EAEA reiterates the important role that non-formal ALE can fulfil in supporting refugees, in particular, to:

  • Foster solidarity and create bonds between refugees and the local communities;
  • Facilitate the integration of refugees in the host countries, also by strengthening their linguistic, cultural and life skills to help them navigate their new environment;
  • Allow refugees to continue their learning pathway, also by providing a bridge towards formal education and validating prior learning;
  • Enable parents and refugees with caregiving responsibilities to better support children, older adults, persons with disabilities and other people in a condition of vulnerability in the integration process.

For the recommendations to policymakers, please consult the statement through the link above.

Text: EAEA

14.06.2022 EAEA events

Seven new members join EAEA

EAEA has welcomed seven new members at the General Assembly 30 May in Mechelen, Belgium. The new members come from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Austria, Italy, and Serbia.

14.06.2022 EAEA Annual Conference

EAEA Annual Conference 2022: Searching for the role of adult learning and education in a transforming world

EAEA Annual Conference on Transformative Learning and Values was held in Mechelen Cultural Centre, Belgium on 30-31 May 2022. The event gathered around 80 adult education professionals from 25 countries.

09.06.2022 advocacy

We have to act now for climate justice!

We must act now for climate justice: this was the consensus of the webinar on "No Greening without Adult Learning and Education" held on 3 June and co-organised by EAEA, ICAE and Solidar. The event brought together key stakeholders in the field of transformative learning and sustainability, and took place in the framework of the United Nations Stockholm+50 Conference.