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EPALE 2023 Thematic Focuses



We are living in uncertain times, amidst accelerated transformation, an extremely complex socioeconomic context, and unprecedented challenges. Adult Learning and Education can play a crucial role in equipping European citizens and new Europeans with the skills necessary to be resilient, empowered and prepared to navigate these complexities.

In the context of the European Year of Skills, soon to be officially launched, throughout 2023 EPALE wants to highlight the potential of Adult Learning and Education to engage citizens in society and democracy, empower people to successfully navigate labour market changes, and include everyone in learning.

To do so, we invite our community to share their experiences on our thematic focuses for 2023. Let’s take a look at them!


Engage. Skills for democratic life

To fully engage in our society, between challenges and transformation processes, we must be active and aware as citizens. What skills are needed to participate in democratic processes with awareness and responsibility?

EPALE wants to highlight the role of adult learning and education in building skills for democratic life. What educational paths should we envision to support adults in being active actors for change? How do we support individual growth and the awareness of being part of a bigger picture?

Following the European Union’s efforts, EPALE is interested in tackling misinformation and disinformation, given the role they play in polarising public opinion, and in promoting violent extremism and hate speech. The COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and the media narratives around them have made it especially clear how toxic our media ecosystem can become, and how it can potentially harness our democracies. So, what tools can ALE put in place to allow citizens to understand and flag misinformation and disinformation?


Empower. Workforce with the right skills

Re-skilling and Upskilling are crucial to unlocking the potential of the European workforce and for translating opportunities into action. In the midst of pressing socio-economic challenges such as the green and digital transition, the energy crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, a skilled workforce is key for strengthening the competitiveness and resilience of the economy. New skills bring fresh opportunities for individuals and can ease their participation in both the labour market and society.

How can we increase the ability to acquire skills that are essential for tackling labour shortages, master the green and digital transitions, and ensure Europe’s competitiveness? And above all, what do we actually talk about when discussing "skills for the labour market"? What skills are most relevant to match people’s aspirations with real opportunities in the job market?


Include. Inclusive skills opportunities

Learning opportunities need to fit the diverse needs of diverse groups of learners. We have to make sure that no one is left behind and we need to activate more people to uptake skills opportunities. What is the role of Adult Learning and Education in recognising and valuing diversity? How do we provide support to vulnerable groups of learners?

EPALE will in particular focus its attention on third-country nationals, persons in need of basic skills education and young adults, especially those not in education, employment or training (NEETs). How do we best reach out to these groups? How can we support women’s employment and participation in learning?

The other side of the coin, besides learning, is speeding up and facilitating the validation of skills and recognition of qualification, including of third-country nationals.

This focus will highlight initiatives and methodologies that foster equity and inclusion, with special attention to vulnerable groups of learners.

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