Achievements under the Renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning
Key messages stocktaking report
One of the key deliverables of the Adult Learning Working Group 2018-20 is a report on the policy trends, developments and changes at Member States in relation to the priorities of the European Agenda for Adult Learning.
In 2011 the Council of the European Union adopted a renewed European Agenda on Adult Learning (EAAL) as part of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020). In 2015, the EAAL defined the following four priorities for the Member States and the European Commission to work on until 2020:
- Governance: coherence with other policy areas, better coordination, effectiveness, relevance to needs of society and the economy, and more investment;
- Significantly increasing supply and take up of high-quality provision, especially in literacy, numeracy and digital skills. More effective outreach, guidance and motivation strategies;
- More flexible and wider access through more workplace learning and use of ICT, skills assessments, and second-chance opportunities leading to a recognised qualification;
- Better quality assurance, policy monitoring, education of adult educators, better data on needs to target and design provision.
This report takes stock of the achievements under the Renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning (2011-2018) and identifies emerging topics and priorities that could be taken into account in the post-2020 period. The stocktaking is based on existing documentation and the expertise of the members of the Working Group on Adult Learning.
The key messages of the report concern amongst others the following:
- Attention of policy makers towards adult learning has generally increased and the policy area of adult learning is significantly broadened, being associated with more situations in which adults learn.
- There is an increased felt need for functioning adult learning systems that respond to national and EU challenges in fast-changing contexts.
- At EU level in the period 2011-2018, initiatives have been implemented that supported EU countries to work in line with the EAAL priorities.
- In the Member States, developments have taken place in line with the EAAL priorities.
- The stocktaking has identified several areas that still require further policy attention (e.g. broad topics such as financing, coordination, engagement with employers, professionalisation of adult learning staff and institutions).