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Equity and inclusion in adult learning

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Dear EPALE colleagues,

Our thematic focus for March was on equity and inclusion in adult learning. During this time, EPALE’s national teams and the community published a number of inspiring case studies, articles, reports and other resources on the topic.

View a summary of our March focus, prepared by Thematic Coordinator Simon Broek. (EN)



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On 22 March, EPALE invited the community to share their views on how to ensure optimal inclusion in adult learning on the provision and policy levels. The lively discussion was moderated by EPALE’s Thematic Coordinator Simon Broek in collaboration with Ellen Boeren from the University of Edinburgh. Over 40 participants from 22 countries shared their opinions in over 240 comments!

If you missed the discussion, don’t worry – you can still check out the comments and topics discussed (EN).


Blog posts

In our latest podcast, EPALE’s thematic coordinators got together to discuss inclusion and Upskilling Pathways in adult learning.

Guest writer Laila El-Metoui shared her reflections on why it is important that teachers and trainers provide an LGBT-friendly educational environment.

EPALE Thematic Coordinator Andrew McCoshan reviewed content on EPALE to see what it can tell us about the necessary ingredients to achieve inclusion in adult learning.

Adult learning is widely considered a tool for social inclusion, but could it potentially contribute to inequalities? Find out in this piece by Simon Broek.

Markus Palmen made a video reportage on how learners with disabilities can be empowered through inclusive music education.

David Mallows reflected on how basic skills educators can make adult learning more inclusive.

How can adult learning help adults in addiction recovery re-engage with society? Read this inspiring article by Gerry Mc Aleenan about his involvement in the RECOVEU programme.​

Prof Boyadjieva and Prof Ilieva-Trichkova from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences conducted a study on equity and inclusion in adult education in 25 European countries.


News from around Europe


March was a busy month for the adult learning sector across Europe:


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