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New edition of country reports 2020

EAEA is proud to present the 2020 country reports and therewith offer a civil society perspective on the state of adult education in Europe.

As announced in 2019, we will publish the country reports in digital format from now on. This step towards the digital presentation does not only allow us to continuously develop on the data; but it also enables users to find and compare information through thematic tags, enhancing accessibility for all.

2020’s country reports are based on responses from 44 members across 31 countries and depict the diversity of experience across the European adult learning and education sector. (The survey was conducted during summer/autumn 2020, so the responses reflect time from mid-year 2019 to mid-year 2020.) While the reports offer valuable contributions in the way they shed light on country specific situations and opportunities, it is important to mention that the data presented is subjective and based on data collection through a survey. The country reports highlight the importance of qualitative data, in addition to the quantitative data that surveys like the Labor Force Survey and the Adult Education Survey provide.

EAEA’s country reports give a voice to civil society organisations and grass-roots movements at the European stage. The country reports open a window of individual experiences and serve to inform adult education stakeholders across Europe, enabling actors to compare the developments and inspire providers and policy makers with innovative practices and ambitious policy reforms.

Facing the challenges of the global pandemic, adult education providers across Europe have struggled throughout the last year but also shown resilience and commitment to adult education. The crisis exacerbated existing forms of inequality, but also drew attention to the pressing needs of our time: equitable access to and free provision of healthcare and education, ensuring everyone has basic digital skills. Many societies realised the importance of adult education in paving the way for critical thinking, health literacy and preparing the grounds for socially cohesive learning communities, which are essential to cope with the consequences of any major crisis.

Find out about adult education trends in 2020


Please note that we are still developing the website, and adding new functionalities to it. Also, more thematic tags will be added to the texts describing adult education situation in different countries.