The Swedish Adult Education Initiative

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  • 1. OECD, informal seminar Paris 2012-10-22 Dan Fagerlund Ministry of Education Sweden Mail: dan.fagerlund@telia.com Mobile: +46(0)722 26 96 22Ministry of Education and Research
  • 2. Adult education is undervalued is undervaluedMinistry of Education and Research
  • 3. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative 1997-2002 Four important perspectives or aims • Develop adult education • Renew labour market policy • Promote economic growth • Promote a more equitable distributionMinistry of Education and Research
  • 4. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative A new orientation for adult education: • Focus on the Municipal Education in cooperation with the Liberal Adult Education and Labour Market Training programmes (Job centres). • A shared responsibility between the municipalities and the state. • Mobilising resources in order to lower the threshold for persons with low earlier experience to start studying.Ministry of Education and Research
  • 5. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative Some strategies • Lifelong learning with non-formal and informal learning perspective • Focus on the individual • Guidance and study plans • Various forms of education • Cooperation between partners within an infrastructure for adults learning • Study financeMinistry of Education and Research
  • 6. Infrastructure for adult learning Three perspectives- a shared responsibility • The Individual • The Labour Market • The SocietyMinistry of Education and Research
  • 7. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative Target groups In the first instance unemployed adults either completely or partially lacking three year upper secondary school competence. Secondly employees with low levels of educationMinistry of Education and Research
  • 8. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative 1997-2002 Costs The education 19 billions SEK Study financing 23 billions SEKMinistry of Education and Research
  • 9. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative Results I: • About 800 000 persons participated • 50 percent of the participants were unemployed • More than 60 percent had less than a two year secondary education • Many students have got at better chance to get a job • Many students have gone to higher educationMinistry of Education and Research
  • 10. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative Results II: • The personal income increased Increased availibility • A better cooperation between the individual, the labour market and the education system • A better cooperation between the education system and the trade unions • The Adult Education is seen as an instrument for economic growth • Many educational providers were involvedMinistry of Education and Research
  • 11. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative Results III • Development of the pedagogic processes in general • Development of methods using ICT • Great development of study guidance and counselling • Ways/models to support all adults irrespective of life situation • The individual needs and conditions as a basisMinistry of Education and Research
  • 12. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative Results IV • Development of validation • Increased flexibility • Development of the structures of adult learning (infrastructure) • Recruitment activitiesMinistry of Education and Research
  • 13. The Swedish Adult Education Initiative Study financing • Special Education Grant age 25 - 55 • Student Aid age 20-50 • Short term study grant, age 20-64Ministry of Education and Research
  • 14. ????? Where to go with adult education??Ministry of Education and Research
  • 15. Learning Outcomes Learning outcomes.Ministry of Education and Research
  • 16. Globalisation requires new skills Time for new skillsMinistry of Education and Research
  • 17. Better skills mix is needed Mixed skills are neededMinistry of Education and Research
  • 18. Strong and well working partnerships Strong and well working partnershipsMinistry of Education and Research
  • 19. Green jobs and green skills Green jobs and green skillsMinistry of Education and Research
  • 20. An inclusive society An inclusive society Thank you for your attentionMinistry of Education and Research