The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has selected a topic for 2019: they are exploring life skills, and how life skills impact participation in adult learning.

They define life skills as building blocks of independence and self-efficacy – a combination of capabilities that enable adults to become lifelong learners and to solve problems in order to live an independent life and participate in society.

“Life skills are closely related to the key challenges adults are faced with in the modern world. For example, taking care of physical and mental health, actively contributing to one’s own wellbeing, mastering financial matters, and coping with the digital environment. When skills are defined in this way, it becomes clear that competences embrace not only the needs of the individuals but also their knowledge and values.

“Better life skills contribute to social and civic engagement, self-efficacy and employability of an individual. From a wider perspective, they assure coexistence in democratic society, inclusion for all and active citizenship. Therefore, life skills are indispensable for an individual to act in a specific environment in accordance with the basic principles of democracy and living together in a diverse society.

“Life skills provide adults with tools to face new challenges and to provide practical and emotional support to those around them. Life skills are useful for the learners themselves, for people and communities around them and for communicating experiences among generations.”

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