Thursday, 15 December 2011

EU: Renewed European Agenda for Adult Learning 2012 - 2014

On 17th November 2011 the Council of the European Union adopted a renewed European Agenda for Adult learning 2012-2014. Initially planned as follow up on the current agenda for Adult learning and targeted on the Education and Training Strategy  ET 2020 the renewed Agenda is already focussing on the EU 2020 strategy and therefore can be seen as a EU longer term vision for adult learning.

"Adult learning can make a significant contribution to Europe 2020, and its goals of reducing early leaving from education and training to below 10% and ensuring that at least 40% of young adults complete tertiary or equivalent education. Particular attention is paid to the high number of low-skilled Europeans targeted in Europe 2020, starting with literacy, numeracy and second chance measures. The priorities set out for 2012-14 focus on advancing the agenda at national, regional and local level.
The EU vision for adult learning systems in 2020 is characterised by increased demand for access to high quality learning opportunities at any time in life and an enhanced role for local authorities, employers, social partners, civil society and cultural organisations." (see EC EAT website)

The new Agenda emphasises:

•autonomy of the learner but also responsibility for his/her learning pathway and outcomes;
•learning later in life to promote active, autonomous and healthy ageing among seniors and using their knowledge and experience for the benefit of society;
•greater access to higher education for adults;
•developing new skills necessary for active participation in modern society;
•solidarity between different age groups, between cultures and people of all backgrounds;
designation of national coordinators to facilitate cooperation with the European Commission and effective liaison with multiple stakeholders in each country.

On the paper there seem to be at least some entry points for EDC purposes, we strongly encourage DARE members to first follow up with their national ministries/authorities who the designated coordinators for adult learning will be and second to establish links with these coordinators. Especially in regard to the coming new generation of EU programmes the national coordinators might be the relevant persons to push forward the EC´s commotment to participation citizenship and solidarity as important learning field in any future educational programm affecting Adult education.

Get the full text of the council resolution on: http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/11/st16/st16743.en11.pdf