Social cohesion, equity and equality

Adult education can compensate a lack of education in earlier life and enable social mobility – and thus promote social cohesion, equity and equality.

Educational levels have a huge impact on people’s opportunities in life. This ranges from the kind of jobs they can attain to life expectancy. The positive effects of education tend to be reproduced by the fact that those with higher educational levels tend to continue to learn and be given more opportunities to continue learning than those with lower levels.

Outreach to groups that are not participating in learning is necessary in order to achieve more social inclusion.

Adult education can compensate a lack of education in earlier life and enable social mobility. From basic skills training to second chance schools and language learning for migrants, adult education provides many opportunities to improve individuals lives but also to equalise societies on a larger scale and to create fairer societies as well as more economic growth.

Outreach to groups that are not participating in learning is necessary in order to achieve more social inclusion. With the right methodologies, people will be able to participate more: in society, democracy, economy, arts and culture.

Good practice

At adult school La Verneda – Sant Martí, welcoming people who come to the school for the first time is considered an important task that must be done individually.

Time is taken for each person who comes to the school. Participants from previous years play a crucial role in the reception, registration and assignment of groups as they have the communication skills and an understanding of what it is like to come for the first time. The decision, which level a new participant is assigned to, is based on dialogue and consensus. Attention is paid to the fact that each person understands the process he or she is in and is placed in the group and level where they will learn the most. Staff and volunteers are careful to avoid the feeling of being tested.