The following report is based on a survey sent to EAEA’s members, asking them about the state of adult education in their country. It is recognised within the adult education sector that those who need it most, often have very limited access to learning. The European Commission has coined the term ‘low-skilled trap’: where those with low-skills or low levels of qualification are often in jobs where they are not provided with training. They are also less likely to seek out or participate in learning opportunities outside the workplace due to negative experiences and stigma. Our members are developing a number of innovative approaches to dealing with the difficulties involved in encouraging worse-represented groups to participate in adult education. However, many of them still saw it as a major challenge facing the field.
For the sixth year in a row EAEA presents its country reports – a civil society view of adult education in Europe. These country reports are based on surveys filled in by our members from 30 different European countries, helping to give a voice to civil society organisations and grass roots movements in adult education on a European stage.