Life skills and participation in ACE

EAEA (European Association for the Education of Adults) has just published a new policy paper outlining the key principles of a life skills approach and its potential for increasing participation levels in adult learning.

“Life skills are 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.”

Platform for Lifelong learning - in Europe


The Lifelong Learning Platform is an umbrella organisation for European organisations working in education training and youth. There are 42 members including formal, non-formal and informal providers.

Their policy areas include 21st century skills, inclusive education and funding.

Recent OECD publications on adult learning

This year the OECD has published dashboards on adult learning and skills strategy – and a report on engaging low skilled workers in learning.

The dashboard publications have been informed by OECD.Stat – which has data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies. This allows the organisation to provide comparative data on the current situation in member countries.

UNESCO producing a handbook on lifelong learning

Lifelong Learning

In July 2018 experts in lifelong learning met at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning to discuss the development of a handbook on lifelong learning policy development and implementation.

It will be a practice-oriented handbook that will provide guidance for policymakers and stakeholders who are in the process of developing and implementing policies for lifelong learning.

It will focus on governance, policy issues, strategic approaches to practical implementation, financial support and monitoring.