Despite a strong focus on skills strategies at European level, progress in equipping adult learners with basic skills remains largely insufficient. 1 adult out of 5 still lack for instance numeracy or literacy skills in Europe today. This can seriously hinder employment objectives as well as democratic participation, social inclusion and personal development.
Change can only happen by creating synergies within the educational community, between stakeholders on the ground and with decision-makers. Teachers and trainers in particular must be entrusted with bringing about the changes needed in the learning process. Civil society organisations are also powerful drivers for progress.
What innovative practices can be found in the EPALE community for basic skills learning, and especially aimed at vulnerable target groups? What lessons can be drawn?
By Alexia Samuel