• Community and Adult Education has played an important role in the lifelong learning sector in Ireland in the past years, as the country witnessed an increase in participation. Adult literacy remains an important topic and Ireland’s new Strategy Framework for Education and Training includes a framework for community education.

Ireland country reports

Ireland 2021

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Ireland 2020

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General situation of adult education
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Funding situation of adult education
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Participation in adult education

% of persons aged 25-64
12.6% participation rate last 4 weeks (European Labour Force Survey 2019)
53.9% participation rate last 12 months (European Adult Education Survey 2016)