Adult learning vs. COVID-19
Over the past few months, the outbreak of the coronavirus ('COVID-19 crisis') has risen to the scale of a global pandemic and the effects of the crisis can be seen in almost all areas of society. The world of education has been no exception. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a digitalisation of education and rapidly pushed education and training systems to explore new ways of teaching and learning. Stakeholders at all levels - governments, public and private organisations, communities and individuals - have been developing and implementing innovations and creative solutions to ensure that education systems can continue functioning in light of this. The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on adult learning (AL) has also been acute. Participation in adult learning has been impacted, with adult learning providers and educators facing multiple challenges in continuing their learning offers and adapting to the situation. The crisis, and its widespread impact on economies and societies globally, has also highlighted the prominent role for adult learning in a COVID-19 affected world.
The ET2020 Working Group on Adult Learning prepared a report, which aims to provide an insight into the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on adult learning, as well as into the role adult learning can play in the context of the crisis (and future similar crises). These insights aim to inform the discussion at Member State and European level on adult learning.