• In Cyprus around half of the adult population participates in non-formal learning activities throughout the year. The Cypriot life-long-learning strategy sets ambitious goals that aim at recognising non-formal and informal learning, improving counselling and supporting the unemployed and promoting digital skills.

Cyprus country reports

Cyprus 2020

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  • Developments: Adult education benefits from EU funding schemes

    The situation of adult education in Cyprus has stayed the same over the last year, there have been no major new policies or initiatives. The funding situation of the Centre for Competence Development Cyprus (COMCY) has slightly improved because they benefited from EU funding schemes. Cyprus reports some projects that foster the implementation of Upskilling Pathways.

  • Challenges: Crisis management and digital transformation

    The adult learning sector in Cyprus has been significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the work of EAEA's member the Centre for Competence Development Cyprus (COMCY) has been only slightly affected. The pandemic has led to a postponement of organisational activities, such as training, events and project meetings. The main challenge for the upcoming year will be crisis management of the pandemic and in response fostering the digital skills of the Cypriot population.

    A special focus will be on the digital transformation among older learners. COMCY seeks to support the development of skills for people who dropped out of the labor market, educating them to become as self-sustainable as possible and further develop the know-how they acquired in their previous work. Issuing a recommendation to the Cypriot government, COMCY asks them to be in more active consultation with adult training providers. Cyprus needs more tailored motivation schemes and programs to support adults to remain in the labour market or to be (re)integrated into the labor market.


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General situation of adult education
neutral face has stayed the same in 2020

Participation in adult education

% of persons aged 25-64
5.9% participation rate last 4 weeks (European Labour Force Survey 2019)
48.1% participation rate last 12 months (European Adult Education Survey 2016)