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25 October 2020

Our 16 pilot projects - briefly presented

Read here short presentations of our 16 pilot projects - basic education offers tailor-made for…
26 August 2020

Multiplier Event Online - for Germany and Austria

A multiplier event for MobileBE will be held - in German language - on 26 August 2020. This is an…
15 July 2020

See our European picture book

A spin-off product of the MobileBE project is a picture book with a collection of artist's…
Pilot courses in video
A group of local residents visits a Viennese neighbourhood, with a course participant as their tour guide

Vienna (Austria)

Show me your neighbourhood Developing basic skills through being a tour guide…
MobileBE Videos Stills ItalyGroup4 1

Torino (Italy)

Being able to actively participate in society Basic education to get ready for…
MobileBE Videos Stills Bulgaria 1

Lovech (Bulgaria)

Education for everyone Computer training in rural Bulgaria In the village of…
Galina Lang, the German-Bulgarian teacher, speaks about the educational needs of her course participants

Hannover (Germany)

Welcome to Hannover Language Training as a Vehicle for Literacy About 6000…
Miguel is a retired wine grower. Now he learns using a tablet computer.

Cariñena (Spain)

Mobile phones, computers, tablets You are never too old to learn Cariñena is a…
Classroom with course participants in Västeras, Sweden

Västeras (Sweden)

I want to study for a nurseMotivational course for further studies, with focus…
Farmer Karl sitting on a hay heap in his rural environment

Mellendorf (Germany)

Farmer Karl Literacy training for adults on the countryside In Mellendorf, a…
Assitant nurses discuss problems of work process documenation

Göttingen (Germany)

Care for others – and yourself A basic education course for assistant nurses In…
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Background to the project

In most European countries, financing (non-formal) adult education remains problematic. In contrast to the formal system, the sources of financing are fragmented. On the side of public authorities, there is a distribution across different ministries, regional and local authorities and communes. Employers obviously play an important role as do public employment services. In many countries, the learners themselves contribute through fees. There are a number of different mechanisms and tools, which can be targeted at learners directly or at providers.

Whilst the cost of many learning offers remain an obstacle for many Europeans - especially younger or older people or persons with a low educational attainments as highlighted by the Adult Education Survey - funding for adult education has been under increased pressure due to the financial crisis, and even a country like Finland is cutting funds for education. This is in contrast with the clear need to increase participation in lifelong learning. The PIAAC results have shown that at least 20% of Europeans lack basic skills, and the benchmark for participation has decreased in the last few years rather than made progress.

There is an urgent need - and recent survey among EAEA members confirms the importance of this - to find answers for questions such as: why do we need to invest in adult education? What are the indicators for funding? Where is investment needed? Which instruments work? Which funding mechanisms can engage (more) new learners?

The European Commission targeted (some of) these questions in its thematic working group (TWG) on financing adult education (it ended in 2014). It produced a study, country fiches and a final report. EAEA and its members think that the results are helpful but only paint a very partial picture – the TWG was driven by ministries (although EAEA and other stakeholders did participate). The consortium thinks that there is a need to revisit the results and offer a providers’ and civil society’s analysis of the question, update what has been achieved and make proposals for policy and financing practice that focuses on the providers and learners.

The objective of the project is to provide a set of analyses and policy recommendations targeted at policy-makers of all levels (European, national, regional, local, communal) and at providers to be used as advocacy tools. The partnership would like to monitor and analyse adult education policies and funding instruments and make proposals on how to improve them. This knowledge also benefits providers and adult education organisations as they will be able to use the analyses and recommendations in their own work.

The project needs to be transnational as the partnership wants to compare different strategies, good and bad practices and make recommendations that are valid for all European countries. The partnership believes that this peer learning aspect across Europe will contribute to finding the best solutions for adult education in Europe.


This is a very innovative project that has never been done in the current form. It is a reaction and follow-up to the European Commission’s TWG on financing. It will be the first provider / civil society project on financing.

We believe that there is an urgent need across Europe to

  • improve funding of adult education
  • improve efficiency of policies and public expenditure to reconcile the need for sound public finance and funding growth-friendly investments from providers and learners points of views
  • propose innovative solutions that can help to improve efficiency and the quality of public spending in education and training
  • improve the knowledge about funding instruments and how they work and for whom
  • to increase our knowledge of why and where to invest and then implement the funding instruments
  • continue the debate across Europe about participation in lifelong learning and especially of groups that currently do not participate and how to finance this participation

The project will bring together adult education stakeholders and policy-makers at different levels (already innovative as such) and thereby aim at

  •  creating more equitable, cohesive and sustainable provision
  •  drawing on European best practices to establish key indicators for monitoring and evaluating use of resources

The VET sector already developed a project specifically focused on financing (Project on financing VET aimed to monitor Member States’ strategies and mechanisms for financing vocational education and training (VET) and to investigate their effectiveness and efficiency), so FinALE will take these results into consideration (especially the financing adult learning database) but add to is by collecting experiences, expertise and feedback from the non-formal adult education providers. By doing so, the project will also contribute to create closer links between the different educational sectors.

Pilot projects presented briefly

Piloting in Cariñena (Spain)

Saray Baquedano, Centro Público de Educación de Adultos, Cariñena/Zaragoza

Piloting in Cherbourg (France)

Sébastien Dubost, INFREP, Cherbourg, France (Institut National de Formation et de Recherche sur…

Piloting in Torino (Italy)

Claudia Ducange, Fondacione Casa di Carità, Torino

Piloting in Västerås (Sweden)

Jazmin Petersson, Västerås folkhögskola, Sweden

Piloting in Vienna (Austria)

Herbert Depner, Die Wiener Volkshochschulen (Austria)

Piloting in Loveč (Bulgaria)

Svilen Andreev, Združenie “Znanie”, Loveč

Piloting in Göttingen (Germany)

Gundula Laudin, Volkshochschule Göttingen Osterode

Piloting in Hannover (Germany)

Christian Geiselmann, Volkshochschule Hannover (Germany)

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