Adult education is a vital component in EU’s lifelong learning policies. In REDTREE, we believe that adult learning is essential for employability, competitiveness, social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal growth. Thus, the challenge here is to offer innovative tools that can provide an education adapted for the needs of everyone during their adult life.
In this sense, according to EU’s statistics, around 1/8 adults between 25 and 64 years old (roughly 70 million people) has not completed any kind of formal education beyond secondary education. This figure includes the 20 million people that left the educational system without any further degree besides primary education. Southern European countries are most impacted by these lower education levels of the adult population, while there are also significant generational differences: young adults have a higher educational level compared to older population.
OECD’s survey on adult skills (PIAAC), which directly evaluated the skill levels of adult population (ages between 16 and 65 years old) showed that, on average, 19,9% and 23,6% of adults in the 17 countries that participated in the first draft of this survey had a low level of language and mathematic skills respectively.
IN SPAIN, ONLY 20% OF ADULTS BETWEEN 30 AND 44 YEARS OLD ACHIEVES A DEGREE IN TERTIARY STUDIES IF NEITHER OF THEIR PARENTS HAD THIS QUALIFICATION, BUT A 63% DOES IT IF AT LEAST ONE OF THEIR PARENTS DID.
We believe that a combination of three kinds of adult learning (formal, non-formal, and informal) is the best way to adapt teaching contents to this profile, to improve basic skills, get new qualifications, raise their training and employability, and get personal satisfaction in people that left their studies a long time ago or have never studied at all.
Adult education is essential for Redtree Making Projects Coop. V., which is why we create specific materials aimed at this, but it is even more important for us to guide the educational efforts of this group to answer to the needs of persons most vulnerable to marginalization or social exclusion.
Inclusive education is a process that contemplates and answers to the needs linked to -but not limited to- disabilities and environment. This means that schools have to answer to the needs of their students, regardless of their race, religion, culture, or social condition, and they can use the materials created by REDTREE to do this. Inclusive education is a broad term that refers to a progressive transformation of the educational systems so they can provide a high quality education for everyone, adapted to people’s diversity.