Swedish folkbildning is the collective name for the activities conducted by the country’s folk high schools and study associations in the form of courses, study circles and cultural activities. Folkbildning is a part of the liberal non-formal educational system. Every year, over a million Swedes participate in folkbildning activities.
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Developments: Additional funding for activities for Ukrainian refugeesPosted: 2022-12-07 / Category: Sweden 2022 / Tags: sustainable development funding CONFINTEA
According to the Swedish National Council of Adult Education, the situation for adult learning and education has slightly improved since the previous year. Last year, a supplementary one-time grant of 50 million SEK was introduced by the governmen...
Challenges and future plans: Falling participation rates during CovidPosted: 2022-12-07 / Category: Sweden 2022 / Tags: covid-19
Covid’s impact on participation in adult learning and education is still evident. In 2021 a total of 631 600 unique participants took part in study circles and long folk high school courses. This means a drop of 208 000 participants compared to 20...
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Developments: Swedish folkbildning continues to be active in policymakingPosted: 2021-12-21 / Category: Sweden 2021 / Tags: sustainable development funding CONFINTEA
Overall, the situation for adult learning and education hasn’t changed much since the previous year, except for some improvement for the folk high schools. There were no new adult education policies introduced in Sweden.
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Challenges: Divided impact by CovidPosted: 2021-12-21 / Category: Sweden 2021 / Tags: outreach participation funding covid-19 digitalisation
Because of the pandemic, learning programmes were adapted to the new circumstances. They continued partly online and partly face-to-face. The terms for the Swedish non-formal adult education, both folk high schools and study associations, have bee...
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Developments: Lobbying for special grants for adult educationPosted: 2020-11-23 / Category: Sweden 2020 / Tags: sustainable development funding
According to the Swedish National Council of Adult Education (SNCA) and Studieförbunden (Swedish Study Association) the situation of adult education has stayed the same in Sweden over the last year. The general national funding for adult education...
Challenges: Equal digital participation in focusPosted: 2020-11-23 / Category: Sweden 2020 / Tags: sustainable development funding covid-19
As in other countries, COVID-19 pandemic has had a major influence. The pandemic has had economic effects for adult education providers when income from conferences and other activities has disappeared. In addition many adults have struggled to ad...
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Sweden introductionPosted: 2020-01-09 / Category: 2019 / Tags: non-formal learning vulnerable learners
Non-formal adult education in Sweden is currently facing challenges related to the changes to the county’s political scene. Nevertheless, the EAEA members in Sweden are continuing their work strengthening their presence and improving outreach to m...
Recent development in SwedenPosted: 2020-01-09 / Category: 2019 / Tags: funding
Since the government elections in September 2018 Sweden has experienced some instability concerning its internal policies, and this has had an impact on the field of adult education as well. On one hand, no new major strategies have been yet devel...
Links to EU and international policy in SwedenPosted: 2020-01-09 / Category: 2019 / Tags: sustainable development non-formal learning formal learning upskilling pathways
The basic rules regarding compulsory education in Sweden are set out in the Education Act, adopted in 2010. The Act states that all Swedish citizens are entitled to a quality education, and that their access to education must not be affected by th...
Challenges and recommendations in Sweden
The biggest challenge for non-formal adult education in Sweden right now is funding. As mentioned before, the changes in the country’s leadership are influencing the allocation of funds to adult education, and as a lot of priorities are yet to be...