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EPALE discussion: How to ensure optimal inclusion in adult learning on the provision and policy levels?

από Simon BROEK

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Inclusion in Adult Learning


As part of our March focus, EPALE is organising a written discussion on how to ensure inclusion in adult learning and what makes for an inclusive adult learning provision.

The discussion will take place on this page on 22 March at 10:00 CET and will be moderated by EPALE Thematic Coordinator Simon Broek and Ellen Boeren from Edinburgh University. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your views and experiences with the EPALE community on any of the following topics:

10:00-12:30 CET

Solving inequality on the level of adult learning provision:

  1. What types of inequality do you see related to adult learning (educational background, social status, age, digital divide, migration status etc.)?
  2. What do adult learning professionals need to know and do to offer inclusive provision?
  3. How should inclusive adult learning be organised and offered?

Discussion left open during lunch interval

13:30-16:00 CET

Solving inequality on the policy level:

  1. How to ensure that adult learning systems are optimally accessible for those who need them the most?
  2. What barriers exist and how can they be overcome?
  3. What recommendations would you give to policy makers who design and implement adult learning policies related to the Upskilling Pathways initiative?

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Εικόνα Andreas Koreimann

Hello everyone!

if you want to hear more about this topics, to get in touch with few of the best european projects and partners, to create new ideas, to network on a european level and to enjoy the city with the highest life quality world wide, you definetly have to join our conference on the 21st of June!

More informations you will find here.

So hope to see you soon in Vienna

Kind regards,


Εικόνα Darja Nikolajeva
I agree with the previous comments that adults are in lack of time for additional education. Work, families and other things are more important at some point. Where should they find real time to learn if you are not allowed to leave earlier?
Also the feeling of fear for more old adults is the reason not to go to learn.
Εικόνα Marija Dorofejeva
I suppose that the main problem for adults who want to get additional education is a lack of time, and also fears that modern methods and technologies have gone far ahead and it could be difficult to absorb new knowledge and skills.
I think it is necessary to provide more opportunities for online learning from home. And training should be gradual and include a lot of practice.
Like Ellen, Maria Manuela and Christine already talked about  the difficulties of entering adult education systems for people from foreign countries or lower educational backgrounds, the need of an alternative direct approach and also the creative way to teach could be a bridge to overcome the mentioned difficulties. In Germany there are many free educational courses offered for people in difficult life situations, but unfortunately many times it is problematic to reach participants and also to stimulate them for a regular continuous visit of the offered educational programs. 
I think we have to think about alternative ways of reaching people that are in need of educational progress and also ask us those people, what they are really looking for. Especially related to our work with refugees, the question; What do they individually really want and also what way they would like to be taught are for importance. 
Εικόνα Ellen Boeren

Dear participants,

Many thanks to everyone who has participated in this very interesting event. I hope you will join again for a future event and I look forward to interacting with you again.

For both the morning and afternoon sessions, you can find a recap of the main issues discussed.

Thanks again.

All the best,


Εικόνα Andreas Koreimann
Hi everyone, it was very interesting to follow the discussion and get a lot of new ideas and views. Thank all of you! For those who want to join our EPALE conference "Upskilling Pathways - Equal Opportunities & Participation through Adult Education", we invite all of you to be part of the event, discuss, connect with national and international players and create new projects. One aim of the conference is to create ideas and networking pools in which initiatives and projects from different European countries present, practice their methods and network with each other. There will be projects from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Slovakia and many more. Save the date, the final program and the invitation in our NSS Group are coming soon. Until this happens, take a look on our events from 2016 and 2017. Nice greetings from Vienna
Εικόνα Ellen Boeren
It is important that policy makers focus on adult learning policies, not only on education and learning in relation to initial education. Nowadays, too many adults are still missing out to let the focus on adult education fade away! Policies need to focus on making it feasible for adult education providers to offer more individualised and flexible support. One size fits all approaches are unlikely to work. Policy making should be bottom up, not top down.

Taking into account the voices of the voices of adults and potential learners will be helpful in designing sound policy measures, in cooperation with a range of relevant stakeholders. The informational barrier has been recognised by many of us. National policy makers should be encouraged in investing in databases that clearly outline and provide details about existing learning provisions for adults in their countries. Adult learning policies need to keep a focus on basic skills support, which features in the Upskilling Pathways programme. It is indeed vital that this focus does not get lost and that we return to a situation where adult learning is not only about vocationalism.

It is important to recognise some adults will need more basic support. Policy makers need to understand that online and distance education might be too challenging for those who lack basic digital and literacy skills, and who are not used to self-directed learning. Additional policy measures targeted towards those in rural areas need to be put in place. Europe might profit from further unification in relation to validation and recognition of learning, as featured in the Upskilling Pathways programme. Continued encouragement for learner mobility would be appreciated.
Εικόνα Maria Manuel Mano Casal Ribeiro
the lack of interest and motivation is one of the crises consequence, how can people with low qualifications, without earning a salary, unemployed, have the motivation to engage in a qualification pathway, if sometimes they can't see that even with that their future might be brighter? it is complicated, and we feel this in adult training a lot.
Εικόνα Christine Bertram


I'm not sure it is truly a lack of interest... it's probably the opposite: there's a plethora of competing interests. I've done a research project in the past (it is within the UK context), but it gives some insights over those competing interests that you people are faced with and that you have also observed in your daily work.