The EU-funded project ‘Wider Benefits of Lifelong Leaning (BeLL)’ was launched in November 2011, coordinated by the German Institute for Adult Education – Leibniz Centre for Lifelong Learning (DIE). European universities, private and public research institutions as well as The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) form part of the work group. BeLL is the first project to collect comparative data on individual benefits of liberal adult education from 10 European countries.
At a seminar in Bonn at the German Institute for Adult Education in January 2014, the main results of the project were presented to government officials, academics and representatives of international organisations. The results show that benefits of adult education include learning motivation, social interaction, general well-being and life satisfaction. The outcomes also confirm that liberal adult education not only benefits the learner but also the wider social context. The aim of the one-day meeting was to open a discussion about further data analysis possibilities and generate policy recommendations regarding the provision of non-formal adult education.
UIL’s participation also yielded proposals for the third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III), in terms of methodology, data analysis and the possibility of selecting ‘Wider Benefits’ as the next theme.
For more information on the BeLL study please visit the following website: http://bell-project.eu/index.html.