Outreach empowerment diversity: Policy recommendations for European and national/regional policy-makers and for adult education providers
Adult education, according to a European study on self-reported benefits of Lifelong learning, makes people happier, healthier and more self-confident. Learners participate more in society, tend to be more tolerant and better parents1. We, the OED network, believe that adult learning has benefits on all levels and that as many people as possible should have the opportunity to join learning activities. Nevertheless, participation in learning is still low and this is especially true for low-skilled and/or disadvantaged people. There are many creative ways to overcome barriers to learning, and in connection with active citizenship learning, real progress can be achieved. Built on the good practice examples of outreach we have collected and our empowering methodological guidelines, we have put together recommendations for European and national/regional policy-makers and for adult education providers. Additionally, we have provided a very practical guide for possible actions that will help policy makers to take concrete steps. We call on everyone to take the necessary steps in order to make outreach, empowerment and diversity in adult education a priority and therefore a reality.