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Basic education

Learning for improved skills in reading, writing, arithmetic and navigating in an increasingly digital world

Basic education for adults is for:

  • people beginning to read and write in German or French who already speak the language
  • people who have learned to read and write in German or French and want to improve their basic skills:
    • reading
    • writing
    • arithmetic
    • navigating in an increasingly digital world

These basic skills shall constitute a solid foundation for more autonomous, more advanced learning in the future.


There is no charge for basic education. It is delivered in either French or German.

There are two options:

  • The basic classes are for groups of adult learners following the same programme. They are available each quarter.
    See basic classes.
  • In the basic workshops, learners work in small groups on personalised programmes. They are available each quarter.

The training content is as follows:

  • oral communication: interviews, communicating over the telephone, presentations, etc.
  • work using genuine documents relating to private and professional life: enrolment forms, identity documents, public transport timetables, bank documents, safety instructions, etc.
  • numeracy skills and mathematical knowledge: basic operations, measurement, orientation in time and space
  • basic digital skills: knowing and using digital tools, online training

The training rhythm is adapted to the learners' socio-professional situation, varying from two to six hours of classes per week.

The programme is personalised. It is drawn up after a guidance session, during which the learners' individual knowledge and personal project are taken into account.

Classes are also organised by a number of associations and municipalities.

Last update - 26.01.2023
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