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Challenges and recommendations in the Netherlands

There are several changes to the non-formal adult education sector in the Netherlands. However, improving the adult education provision and the image of lifelong learning by offering an individualised approach remains a focus. At the same time, it appears challenging to tailor financial solutions to adult learners by adjusting educational loans, tax schemes, as well as encouraging lifelong learning in smaller and medium-sized enterprises. Decentralisation and autonomy of local municipalities also need to be further addressed and supported.

EAEA’s members in the country recommend the development and implementation of structural solutions to the system that would allow a stronger presence of learners’ voice in the decision-making process. Our members are going to continue working on the implementation of UNESCO Learning cities, support the regionalisation of Adult Learners Festival, as well as express their recommendations on public learning accounts.