Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL) in Slovenia


The project National Coordinators for the Implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Slovenia (the so called EAAL project) is intended for the popularisation of the EAAL’s key messages and educational policy measures at EU and national level. Above all, it is intended for awareness raising on the importance and omnipresence of adult education and lifelong learning as well as on opportunities available for the adult population.

The project addresses all target groups, e.g. representatives of policy, practice and profession, learners, media representatives and the widest public. Special attention is being paid to the low skilled and educationally deprived ones. Project activities are related to existing national endeavours in the field of awareness raising on the importance of adult learning (i.e. the Slovenian Lifelong Learning Week (LLW) and the promotional campaign Role Models Attract), and of non-formal educational provision for basic skills and other key competences, support mechanisms and other approaches tailored to the needs of (non-)learners. The national policy strategy in Slovenia is embodied in the Adult Education Master Plan 2013–2020 (with an upcoming edition for 2021–2030) and in respective Annual Adult Education Plans. For this purpose, EAAL activities have been planned and implemented at all levels – policy, profession and practice – with special focus on low-skilled adults and other educationally disadvantaged target groups.

In November 2021, the new European Agenda for Adult Learning (NEAAL) was adopted thus providing grounds for our further activities in the EAAL project.

In the project period 2017–2019 we supported the implementation of the Upskilling Pathways: new opportunities for adults Recommendation; results are displayed in the UP e-portal. In the period 2020–2021 this portal as well as some other tools and activities (such as the e-bulletin) were upgraded. In addition, six EAAL forums on the future of adult learning and education related to current socio-economic trends were organized. The second strand of activities was dedicated to the review and technical upgrading of the e-portal on Slovenian adult education provision – Kam po znanje (Where to get knowledge). The third set of activities resulted into a systematic communication strategy in order to attract and engage end-users at all levels – policy, practice as well as the widest audience, i.e. learners.

Project outcomes 2017–2019:

E-bulletin 2020


Tenth EAAL Forum, the fourth in 2022: Skills for cultural awareness and expression
Culture and learning are a splendid lifelong couple. Their successful bonding and intertwining enriches our lives and our perception of the world. It establishes bridges between generations and civilisations. In the present EAAL forum, we will experience concrete opportunities for cultural expression, actions and cooperation. More >> (in Slovenian)

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Ninth EAAL forum, the third in 2022: Digital skills for life
Following the 2021 EAAL Forum on digital transformation of society and its Manifesto on the digital transformation of society, we will discuss the necessity of acquiring digital skills and provide insights into why and how. The event will take place on 22 November via Zoom. More >> (in Slovenian)

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Eight EAAL forum, the second in 2022: Skills for healthy life
A holistic perception of health and the lifelong process of acquiring skills for high-quality life at all levels were the main topics of this event. Experienced and engaged individuals shared their viewpoints and results of their learning and work processes. They also encouraged participants to assume responsibility for their healthy lifestyle. More >> (in Slovenian)Following  More >> (in Slovenian)

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Seventh EAAL forum, the first in 2022, and EPALE online discussion: Green skills for life and learning communities
Following the 2021 EAAL Forum on the green transformation of society and its Manifesto on the green transformation of society, we discussed the necessity of and opportunities for acquiring green skills for co-creating and preserving sound and sustainable environments. The event took place on 18 October via Zoom. More >> (in Slovenian)
The EPALE online discussion was the Slovenian national side event of the EPALE Community Conference 2022 – Imagine.

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8 September, 2021
At the European Adult Learning and Education Conference we presented the 10-year implementation of EAAL. 

Sixth EAAL forum 2021: on inclusion and active citizenship
The Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE) in cooperation with the Andragogical Society of Slovenia (ADS) organized a forum on challenges of the inclusion of people with special needs in adult education and lifelong learning. In addition, active citizenship as well as civic education from a global and European perspective was discussed. The event took place on 15 December via Zoom. More >>

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The new European Agenda for Adult Learning (NEAAL) has been approved
The Council of ministers (Education, Youth, Culture and Sport) at its meeting on 29-30 November 2021 approved the Resolution of the NEAAL 2021–2030. Thereby formal grounds for the implementation of this new strategy in the field of adult education have been set. The draft Resolution was prepared by a working group at the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. Among its members were also representatives of the SIAE. The Resolution on NEAAL (2021/C 504/02) was published in the Official Gazette of the EU on 14 December 2021.

Fourth EAAL forum 2021: on the future of work and skills
SIAE in cooperation with interesting speakers, among them Dr Miha Mazzini, organized the fourth virtual EAAL forum. We talked about the impact of digitalization and other forms of technological progress on our lives and especially – work. As a result, each of us must develop new skills, as well as strengthen permanently relevant and valuable skills. The event took place on 25 November via Zoom. More >>

Third EAAL 2021 forum: on green transformation of society (12 October)
Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE) and the SLOGA Platform organized a virtual forum on environmental challenges. The development of sustainability depends on lifelong learning therefore several aspects of societal and green transformation with regard to adult learning and education were taken under consideration. The forum took place on 12 October via internet. More >>

The second EAAL 2021 forum: on Digital transformation of society (17 June 2021)
Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE) and CMEPIUS (National Agency for European Community Programmes and International Mobility Programmes) organized the second virtual Forum followed by the first national EPALE on-line discussion on various aspects of digital and social transformation with regard to adult education and lifelong learning, including ethics in science and technology (17 June 2021 via Zoom).
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First EAAL 2021 forum: on learning and education for an inclusive multi-cultural society
Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE), the SLOGA Platform and the Slovenian Philanthropy.are organizing the virtual Forum on learning and education for an inclusive multi-cultural society (20 January 2021 via Zoom).
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PLA on ‘Reaching out to specific groups: what tools, partners, finances?’, 15 and 16 September 2020:
The event hosted by the SIAE, the national coordinator of the implementation of the EAAL in Slovenia, took place via ZOOM due to COVID-19 safety measures. Presentations of approaches and examples of good practice by EAAL national coordinators from six countries: Bulgaria, Iceland, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, and Slovenia were shared. The PLA was linked to the traditional Adult Education Colloquium under the umbrella of the Slovenian Lifelong Learning Weeks 2020. About 80 participants from 30 European countries attended the two-day event.
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For the Continuation and Development of EAAL:
EAEA is striving for a continuation and overhaul of the EAAL.
See article.

The EAAL project 2017–2019 has yielded rich outcomes:
we submitted its final report.
See article.

The implementation of EAAL is running its fifth lap:
on results of the previous phase and plans for the present one
See blog in EPALE (in Slovenian)

More on Closing EAAL 2019 conference

The Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE), as National Coordinator of the EAAL project, and CMEPIUS in the role of National Support Service of EPALE Slovenia, joined forces for the organisation of the closing EAAL and regional EPALE conference in Slovenia. This is a manifestation of the synergy of both processes in the field of adult education triggered by the European Commission and being implemented in the region. Regional EPALE conferences are opportunities for EPALE National Support Services (NPSs) in South-Eastern Europe to exchange their experiences and ideas. The red thread of this year’s conference was the implementation of the Council Recommendation Upskilling Pathways – new opportunities for adults in partner countries.

Materials related to the conference are published here. More on the conference is posted in the form of EPALE blogs (for now in Slovenian language): the first one dedicated mostly to the EAAL project and the second more to EPALE aspects.




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