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Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe



EAEA's Year of Adult Education in Europe 2017 kicks off

by Chantal PIERLOT
Language: EN
Document available also in: DE


EAEA Year Of Adult Education



In 2017 the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) and its members celebrate the Year of Adult Education in Europe. The campaign initiatied by EAEA brings together adult education activities around Europe and celebrates the power and joy of learning.

”Europe faces a lot of challenges, to which adult education can contribute so much. From sustainability to social inclusion to active citizenship – adult education can be the key to solving many of the challenges,” says EAEA Secretary-General, Gina Ebner.

As EAEA dedicates the year 2017 to the celebration of adult education and the work of its members, it brings together European adult education organisations to demonstrate how adult learning can improve citizens’ lives and prospects in Europe, both on a personal and on a professional level.

”We have a lot of positive solutions that adult education brings to people, communities, countries, economies and societies in Europe. Adult education empowers and contributes to the wellbeing of people, hence we want to underline the power and joy of learning,” Gina Ebner says.

The campaign collects events organised by adult education organisations across Europe. The events are published on the campaign's dedicated website that is now open. The participating organisations will be invited to share their key messages and best practices that will be presented to policy-makers around Europe at the end of the year. EAEA invites adult education organisations around Europe to join.

”This is a great opportunity for every adult education organisation or institute in Europe to showcase what they do and how they contribute to their communities. They can use the opportunity to discuss – either internally or with policy-makers and stakeholders how important adult education is,” Gina Ebner says.


Why join?

Joint cooperation
The campaign brings together adult education organisations from around Europe to join forces in making adult education activities visible. By combining the different activities under one campaign, they will make their voice heard more strongly. The campaign offers the participants a chance to also share practices with other European adult educators.

Visibility on a European level
All the events joining the campaign will get promotion on EAEA’s communications channels. EAEA has a network of over 140 adult education organisations and the organisation is recognised among the policy-makers on the European level.

Messages to policy-makers
The participants get the chance to share the key messages of their activities that are included in the campaign. EAEA will collect the messages and bring them to European policy-makers at the final event of the year that will be held in Brussels in December.


What are the topics?

The EAEA Manifesto is the basis for this celebration.  EAEA encourages its members to choose a topic or all the topics from the Manifesto to promote in their events.

The manifesto presents seven contemporary European challenges in which adult learning can answer:

  • Active citizenship, democracy and participation
  • Life skills for individuals
  • Social cohesion, equity and equality
  • Employment and digitalization
  • Migration and demographic change
  • Sustainability
  • European policies


How to join?

EAEA is inviting all of its members and other adult education organisations in Europe to join the campaign.

Share your events!  Let know if during 2017 you’re organising:

  • An Adult Learners’ or Lifelong Learning festival
  • A discussion on a Manifesto topic at your General Assembly
  • A conference on a Manifesto topic
  • A (social) media campaign highlighting the Manifesto topic
  • Other events to take part in the campaign.

EAEA will publish the events on its website and offer your event promotional support.


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