EAEA Urges Support for Education of Adults

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The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has published a response to the European Commission’s consultation on the Digital Education Action Plan.

The European Commission invited all citizens, institutions and organisations from the public and private sectors to participate in the public consultation on the Digital Education Action Plan until 4th September 2020.

The EAEA has welcomed the initiative by the European Commission to draw on experiences during the COVID-19 crisis to update the Digital Education Action Plan.

Education of Adults

As part of this, the EAEA has stated that a European framework for digital education must not forget about non-formal adult learning and education. A holistic vision of digital transformation is, in EAEA’s point of view, necessary to provide an empowering critical digital education that “adequately prepares citizens for an increasingly interconnected and globalised future.”

EAEA urges the Commission in their renewal of the Digital Education Action Plan

  • to include non-formal and informal adult learning, and especially the promotion of basic digital skills, through these learning opportunities;
  • to include lifelong learning as an aim beyond employability;
  • to heighten the emphasis on accessibility and inclusivity and include actions for the most socially and digitally excluded, particularly considering vulnerable populations, older learners, persons with disabilities, migrants, persons living alone, prisoners among others;
  • to complement online learning opportunities with offline guidance;
  • to provide more structural and financial support for non-formal ALE, investing in adequate technological infrastructure, capacity building, upskilling and professionalization for trainers and appropriate socio-civic methods to meet the needs of Europe’s digital transformation.

Download EAEA’s full response to the consultation here

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