Non-formal adult education promotes social cohesion, and it equips adults with the skills, knowledge and competences needed in our society. Yet only a crumb of public funding is allocated to the education of adults. The FinALE (Financing Adult Learning in Europe) project looked at the financing of adult education in Europe, analysed the “why” and “how” to invest in adult education and developed an advocacy toolkit for a better financing of the sector.
Everyone working in adult learning will have an answer to this question: because it promotes skills and competences in a wide range of fields, particularly of those who are furthest away from learning, because it fosters social inclusion, and “simply” because it means joy and contributes to people’s well-being, to name just a few. However, as the sector is affected by decreasing public funding and structural changes in the way it is financed, there is a growing need to raise awareness of the benefits of adult education and the reasons why it should be better funded.
In an article for the World Economic Forum, adult education expert Alan Tuckett explores the question of why there is not more financial and political commitment to adult education, even though there is ample evidence of its benefits to the individual, the economy and society.
The new Cedefop study, entitled "Investing in skills pays off", seeks to provide a comprehensive and robust evidence base in relation to low-skilled adults in the European Union. It analyses trends in low skills among adults as well as characteristics, determinants and risks of being low skilled.
NEMO, the The Network of European Museum Organisations, happy to share Money Matters: The Economic Value of Museums with you.
In the introduction, NEMO's chair David Vuillaume writes that museums are integrated into the economic world, but come with certain and unique specifics and layers. "They are a part of the leisure society, but cannot be compared to theme parks. They have an impact on tourism, but are not simply marketing instruments for a region or a city. They create work and wealth, but not in the same way as private companies."