11.04.2022

Include adult learners in Erasmus+ mobility actions – but do it right!

EAEA strongly supports the inclusion of adult learners in mobility actions in the new Erasmus+ programme from 2021 to 2027. However, first experiences from some European Member States show that the implementation of mobility actions for adult learners suffers from ‘teething problems’. We addressed this issue in our new statement, alongside a set of recommendations, to improve the programme.

Read the full statement: Include adult learners in Erasmus+ mobility actions – but do it right! (pdf)

EAEA has observed some issues in the implementation of mobility actions for adult learners in the new Erasmus+ programme. The issues include the definition of the target groups and, in particular, the focus on ‘low-skilled’ adults that may reinforce stigma and discrimination. Moreover, funding for individual adult learners remains lower than for adult educators, while burdensome conditions may hamper the participation of adult learners from disadvantaged backgrounds. In addition, the lack of uniform quality criteria, pressure on the learning choices, as well as financial and organisational barriers to cooperation require action from policy makers.

Mobility for adult learners in Erasmus+ is crucial, as it offers much-needed learning provision and helps to put the right to lifelong learning into practice. It promotes European values and democracy, while creating multipliers of adult learning. Finally, it supports the physical and mental health of people and increases their well-being.

In this statement, EAEA suggests the following recommendations to European policy makers:

  • Make the participation in Erasmus+ mobility actions a right for adults from all backgrounds, also by providing sufficient funding to sending and receiving organisations.
  • Focus on learning objectives rather than specific target groups, to make learning inclusive.
  • Provide additional support for learners with lower educational attainments, special learning needs, disabilities, parenting and caregiving responsibilities.
  • Raise awareness among social partners of the individual learning needs and ambitions of adults – that may legitimately transcend the temporary and short-term priorities of the labour market and employers, and that should be respected.
  • Promote, and fund, also virtual and online mobility programmes for all adult learners.

Text: EAEA

16.07.2024 access

Making Education Accessible and Inclusive for Families, Parents and Family Carers: COFACE and EAEA call for a ‘Family Test’ in EU Education and Training Policies

In the context of the European Commission public consultation on the European Education Area, COFACE Families Europe and EAEA call for a 'family test' in EU education and training programmes. Such a test aims to ensure that programmes are designed with the work-life balance of families in mind so that parents and family carers can receive extra support if needed and more flexible education and training formats which reflect their caring realities. This ‘family perspective is currently missing from many EU education programmes, affecting a large share of people in the EU, especially in vulnerable situations.

09.07.2024 access

Supporting adult education opportunities for learners and employers: contribute to the RALExILA research!

Do you want to contribute to shaping adult education opportunities in your country and in Europe? We are currently researching employers and adult education learners needs and experiences in the process of choosing, supporting and acquiring adult education opportunities and we would be happy to have your valuable insight through a short survey!

03.07.2024 Democracy

EAEA Annual Conference 2024: We need a forward-looking vision with roots on the ground

The EAEA Annual Conference 2024 focused on adult learning's role in societal transformation and active citizenship. The conference underscored collaboration and lifelong learning's crucial role in shaping inclusive and sustainable futures globally.