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General information on Grundtvig

The Grundtvig programme seeks to respond to the challenges raised by the necessity to update knowledge and to provide adults with pathways to improve their know-how and competences, as they progress through life so that they can adapt to changes in the labour market and society.

Grundtvig focuses on all forms of non-vocational adult and continuing education. It is targeted at learners, teachers, trainers and other staff in adult education and the educational institutions, organisations and other bodies offering and facilitating such learning opportunities. Adult education associations, counselling and information services, NGOs, enterprises, research centres and higher education institutions can work together through transnational partnerships, European projects and networks. Those involved in adult education can also take part in mobility activities.


It aims to:

  • respond to the educational challenge of an ageing population in Europe;
  • help provide adults with pathways to improving their knowledge and competences.

Its operational objectives are as follows:
  • improve the quality and accessibility of mobility with a view to supporting 7 000 individuals per year by the end of the programme;
  • improve cooperation (quality and volume);
  • support and find alternatives for underprivileged and vulnerable persons, such as older people and those who have left education without basic qualifications;
  • support the development of innovative practices and their transfer between countries;
  • support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practices;
  • improve pedagogical approaches and the management of adult education organisations.

The following actions may be supported by the Grundtvig programme:
  • the mobility of individuals, including adequate preparation, supervision and support;
  • the "Grundtvig learning partnerships" focusing on themes of mutual interest;
  • multilateral projects aimed at improving adult education systems through the development and transfer of innovation and good practice;
  • the "Grundtvig networks", thematic networks of experts and organisations;
  • accompanying measures.

For further information, please check the website of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture: Grundtvig programme Source:

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