The conference brought together representatives from most of the stakeholder groups that should be joining forces to provide comprehensive learning opportunities for adults, in order to equip them with the necessary skills and competences for the 21st century.
Employers’ representation was thin on the ground and their noticeable absence was also the basis for a recurrent preoccupation of the conference, namely how to better include employers and the workplace as a central feature of adult learning.
Minister Pavalkis set the scene by underlining that despite the obvious need for adults to learn in order to achieve the EU2020 strategy and goals, the sector is not reaching its full potential. Recent international data and research now give us the facts on which to base concrete actions, which the conference set out to define more clearly.
Minister Pavalkis stressed the need to balance personal and social with economic needs, and the need to tailor adult learning to the situation in individual countries as the outcomes of general and higher education are not equal across countries.