National Priorities

National priorities in Germany

In the context of European prioritisation, two priorities for the implementation of the European Agenda for Adult Learning were identified from 2017 in collaboration with the National Monitoring Committee. Both topics reflect the national educational policy priorities and the thematic priorities for the Agenda for Adult Learning.

Both topics reflect the current national educational policy priorities and the thematic priorities for the European Agenda for Adult Learning as well as the Skills Agenda.

  1. Basic education / literacy
  2. Validation and recognition of competencies

Both priorities are aimed at “disadvantaged target groups” that are underrepresented in terms of their participation in further education and therefore of particular importance within the scope of the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Skills Agenda.

Focus on basic education / literacy

In 2012, this focus was already identified as a priority for national implementation of the Agenda in Germany.

This called for the “improvement of reading, writing and numeracy skills in adults, the development of ICT knowledge, and the creation of opportunities to allow adults to acquire the basic skills and forms of education that are essential for active participation in society”.

Skills Agenda

Around 70 million people in Europe have inadequate basic competences in reading and writing, concerning basic competences in calculating and the handling of digital media, the number of people without adequate competences is even higher. More than half of the long-term unemployed in Europe have acquired minor or deficient basic competences. About 40 percent of companies in Europe have difficulties finding employees with the right skills. Against this background, the EU Commission, under the lead of the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, launched the "A New Skills Agenda for Europe" in June 2016. More information