adult education and health at EAEA Annual Conference 2015

 100 participants from all over Europe and beyond met end of June in Porto, Portugal, at the Annual Conference of EAEA. This year, the conference focused on “Adult Education and Health”, the annual theme of EAEA in 2015. The European office for Catholic Youth Work and Adult Education and its members were represented by Judith Wind.

 Julie Ward, Member of the European Parliament, launched the conference, referring to her own experience as an adult learner: “Adult education is about people’s personal transformation.” She explained her role at the European Parliament to the participants: “Whenever I look at legislation, I think whether lifelong learning can be put in."

 Gina Ebner, EAEA Secretary General, underlined that health deals with a wide range of topics: it is an individual, but also societal responsibility; it has to do with gender, with social justice and poverty, with environment, working and living conditions, commercial interests, active citizenship, and many other issues. “Health is a key topic in our society, which is why we chose it as our annual topic for 2015. This year EAEA is looking into adult education initiatives that promote health and health literacy to develop the policy work in this field.”

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