Projekt: What is "Bildung"?


Projekt: What is "Bildung"?

01.12.2020 - 31.05.2023


Bildung project contributed to innovation of the European adult education sector by adopting the holistic concept of "Bildung" and exploring its political and practical potential for adult learning and education.

The multiple challenges and rapid changes in our societies in Europe demand us to rethink the role of education. While Lifelong Learning is widely accepted as the main concept, we have to rethink the role and concepts of Adult Learning and Education (ALE). This is essential if we want to equip citizens with the skills to make informed decisions and take transformative action in the world shaped by e.g. climate change, digitalisation and social divide.

The Bildung project contributed to this re-thinking by making use of the concept of "Bildung" for conceptualising ALE. The concept, rooted in the tradition of the enlightenment and the Nordic Folkbildning envisages an education, targeting all aspects of development of individuals, communities and societies, including e.g. ethical, emotional and scientific dimensions in a holistic manner.

Eleven partners from all over Europe will explore the use this concept for the ALE sector in the fields of digitalisation, sustainability, democracy and basic skills education.

Aim and objectives

BILDUNG offers decision makers and ALE providers on the European and national level with:

  • A conceptual framework and recommendation on how to widen ALE services and structures using the Bildung lens
  • Good practices of projects from various regions in Europe already using the Bildung/Folkbildning approach
  • Real and virtual spaces for exchange and peer learning


Field: Policy and advocacy
Duration: 01.12.2020 - 31.05.2023
Project coordinator: Christin Cieslak, EAEA,

This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission (Erasmus+ programme KA2)

The Association of Austrian Adult Education Centres is Partner in this Project. On 22.03.2023 the Project will be presented in Vienna / Info following!