In 2019 the EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults) has been exploring how life skills impact participation in adult learning. Their aim has been:

  • To increase participation in adult learning by applying a life skills approach
  • To raise awareness, at a European level, for life skills in adult learning
  • To raise awareness of the importance of learner-centred approaches in adult education
  • To inspire new life skills with learner-centred approaches in and with adult education.

EAEA defines life skills as “building blocks of independence and self-efficacy. They are combinations of different 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.

The EAEA says that say that “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. “

The EAEA Grundtvig Award 2019 celebrates initiatives fostering life skills approach in adult education. The winners of the award were selected in two categories: national or regional and European projects.