The European Association for the Education of Adults expressed readiness of the European learning community to support refugees from Ukraine to access the learning opportunities abroad. The EAEA published a statement with detailed recommendations to the EU authorities on the ways to help millions of people fleeing the war through education.
Read an extract from the statement below:
"The EU must welcome refugees from Ukraine, offering safety, protection and support. The European adult learning and education (ALE) community, including adult learners, educators and leaders, are ready to provide any necessary help to everyone fleeing the war. Counting on the long-standing experience of adult education actors in welcoming and empowering newcomers, EAEA reiterates the important role that non-formal ALE can fulfil in supporting refugees, in particular, to:
- Foster solidarity and create bonds between refugees and the local communities;
- Facilitate the integration of refugees in the host countries, also by strengthening their linguistic, cultural and life skills to help them navigate their new environment;
- Allow refugees to continue their learning pathway, also by providing a bridge towards formal education and validating prior learning;
- Enable parents and refugees with caregiving responsibilities to better support children, older adults, persons with disabilities and other people in a condition of vulnerability in the integration process."
DVV International Ukraine expresses gratitude to the EAEA's board, staff, and members for proactive position and support of the Ukrainian citizens in the field of adult learning and education.
Find more information in a news piece on the EAEA's website.