Finland has long traditions in non-formal adult education and education is offered nationwide. Non-formal adult education institutions include adult education centres, folk high schools, learning centres, sports training centres and summer universities. The participation to adult learning is higher than European average, but people with lower education levels are underrepresented.
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Developments: New funding and responsibilities for adult educationPosted: 2022-12-21 / Category: Finland 2022 / Tags: sustainable development financing CONFINTEA
According to the Finnish EAEA members, Finnish Adult Education Association (FAEA) and the Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation (Kvs), the situation of adult education has slightly improved in 2021/2022.
The Covid restrictions have fini...
Challenges and plans: Preparation for the year of Bildung 2024 kicks offPosted: 2022-12-21 / Category: Finland 2022 / Tags: digital skills covid-19In Finland, Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in lasting changes in the learning provision and hybrid courses have become more common. More people now have a good command of digital technologies and can access digital learning activities. Shift to the d...
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Developments: New adult education policies coming into forcePosted: 2021-12-21 / Category: Finland 2021 / Tags: migration basic skills digital skills funding CONFINTEA
The position of adult learning and education is strengthened within educational policy, as Finland has undertaken structural reforms, such as the Reform of Continuous Learning, that will be relevant for both formal and non-formal adult education....
Challenges and plans: A focus on sustainability and fundingPosted: 2021-12-21 / Category: Finland 2021 / Tags: migration sustainable development accessibility digitalisation
Digitalisation has been the most striking change in adult learning and education last year as digital content and course supply has boomed during the pandemic. Due to the pandemic, more people now have a good command of digital technologies a...
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Developments: New reform for continuous learningPosted: 2020-11-23 / Category: Finland 2020 / Tags: sustainable development funding covid-19 european pillar of social rights digital skillsIn the fall 2019 the Finnish government launched a policy reform on continuous learning, which focuses on the skills development of working age people and seeks new solutions to combine work and study. The new policies will be published by the end of...
Challenges: More holistic vision of continuous learning is neededPosted: 2020-11-23 / Category: Finland 2020 / Tags: outreach basic skills vulnerable learners
According to EAEA’s members, Finland needs a more overarching vision of continuous learning. One of the challenges recognised in non-formal adult education is the accumulation of learning to the active citizens. Thus, one of the focus areas in adu...
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Finland introductionPosted: 2020-01-09 / Category: Finland 2019 / Tags: sustainable development
Finland is addressing new issues in the adult education sector, now aiming to create individual learning pathways and to tackle the challenge of changes to working life. To cope with this, several reforms pla...
Recent developments in FinlandPosted: 2020-01-09 / Category: Finland 2019 / Tags: lifelong learning
In 2019 Finland experienced positive changes in the sphere of adult education which have raised hopes for the future of the field. To start with, following the parliamentary elections in April 2019, the new leftist-central-liberal government decla...
Links to EU and international policy in FinlandPosted: 2020-01-09 / Category: Finland 2019 / Tags: sustainable development
Finland actively participates in the implementation of SDGs in its internal and external policies. Within the country, Finland is putting to use society’s commitment to sustainability to ensure the involvement of all stakeholders in the commitment...
Challenges and recommendations in FinlandPosted: 2020-01-09 / Category: Finland 2019 / Tags: ageing population
The “Sitra” Fund identified some challenges that the Finnish lifelong learning policy may face in the near future. One of the challenges is the changes to the job market and the current inability to predict the skills required by employers in the...