International Networking of Continuing Education

International networking of continuing education (continuing education and training, adult learning and education and adult acquisition of basic skills) is high. Through membership in international organisations, project work or cross-border cooperation initiatives, Swiss players are actively involved in further development of continuing education.

Organisations involved in the international networking of continuing education

The following organisations are important players in the international networking of continuing education:

These organisations monitor continuing education developments worldwide and coordinate all important activities in this area of education. Swiss organisations, particularly umbrella organisations representing continuing education interests are actively involved in these networks, bringing Swiss perspectives to international discussions.

International Conference on Adult Education CONFINTEA 2022: Follow-up activities

UNESCO has organised the International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA) every twelve years since 1949. Switzerland has sent a delegation to every conference and, in the interim periods between conferences, has worked to implement CONFINTEA action plans and recommendations.

The last conference – CONFINTEA VII – was held in Morocco in 2022. Participants discussed various strategies for effective adult education and explored ways to shape education policy to encourage lifelong learning and the pursuit of UN sustainable development goals (SDGs). The main outcome of the conference was the ‘Confintea VII Marrakech Framework for Action: harnessing the transformational power of adult learning and education’.

In 2022, the 5th Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) was published with the title ‘citizenship education: empowering adults for change’. GRALE reports include assessments from over 150 different countries. They also describe developments, problem areas and the global outlook for adult education. Implementation of recommendations is accompanied by regional interim conferences held at regular intervals.

More detailed information about international activities in the area of adult education can be found on the website of the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB).

Projects at European level

Since 1995, several adult learning and education projects involving Swiss participants have been carried out under EU education programmes. Until 2014, international adult learning and education projects were primarily carried out under two EU programmes: Grundtvig (adult acquisition of basic skills) and Leonardo da Vinci (adult acquisition of vocational skills). Since then, both programmes have been placed under the new overarching programme Erasmus+, to which Switzerland takes part on a project-per-project basis. For more information, see international mobility in education.

As a complement to this, SERI provides support to other projects such as the one pursued by SVEB to develop pedagogical training courses for vocational school teachers and workplace trainers in the Balkan region.


SERI, Sandra Müller

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