The Finale project was created to provide a comprehensive analysis of financing adult learning in Europe.
In a context of demographic change and increasingly complex needs of society, adult education is a crucial instrument for promoting social cohesion. However, often adult learning is underfunded as compared to other sectors of the education system. For example in the German province of Lower Saxony the proportion of adult education at public funding of education is less than one percent. However, the problem is not limited to Germany. Adult education throughout Europe faces the challenge to secure its financing, or where possible improve it. Adult education providers themselves must cooperate across Europe to lay the foundations for better decision-making in financing adult education, and to share best practice.
For adult education providers in Europe there is, therefore, urgent need to find European answers to questions such as:
• Why is investment in adult education necessary?
• How should the financing be measured so that the measurement is comparable across countries?
• Which fields of adult education should be supported?
• How does funding of adult education impact the lifelong learning of individuals?
• What is European best practice of funding adult education?
The Finale project brought together partner organisations from six European countries, and organisations working Europe-wide. Over a period of two years they cooperated to analyse existing funding opportunities and to develop recommendations for ensuring sustainable funding in the future.