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

28.11.2022 advocacy

A wider access to Erasmus+ programme is needed in Eastern Europe

EAEA urges the EU to offer more opportunities for participation of Eastern European non-EU countries in the Erasmus+ programme.

28.11.2022 advocacy

2022 - a year that will shape the adult learning and education of the future?

2022 has, so far, been a very eventful year for adult learning and education at the European and international levels. Together with civil society partners, EAEA has been bringing the voice of adult learners into the discussions and negotiations on several key adult learning policies.

18.11.2022 access

Call for urgent action to mitigate the impact of the energy crisis and inflation on ALE provision

European adult learning and education organisations are ringing the alarm bell: the energy crisis and inflation in Europe are spreading far and wide and are starting to show their negative impact on the adult learning and education (ALE) sector. EAEA calls for urgent action to mitigate the impact of the energy crisis and inflation on ALE provision and to ensure access to learning opportunities for all adults.