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Achievements under the renewed European agenda for adult learning (2011-2018)

Editeur(s) :  European Commission (EC)

Date :  01/2020


Adult learning, as understood in the EU, covers the entire range of formal, non-formal and informal learning activities - both general and vocational - undertaken by adults after leaving initial education (e.g. high school or college). Adult learning brings considerable benefits for learners themselves, for employers and for the wider community. Furthermore, adult learning contributes to all policy areas (e.g. economy, innovation, environment, democratic values) covered by the European Commission as all depend to some degree on the skills of people. 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

(pdf, 92 pages).

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mot(s) clé(s) :  formation et enseignement professionnels, éducation des adultes