Adult Education in the Netherlands
Maurice de Greef
What is meant in the country when you talk about Adult Education?
Adult Education in the Netherlands are all kind of forms of education for adult learners in a formal and non-formal way.
What is typical for Adult Education in the country?
Adult education in the Netherlands is an educational process where adults try to gain a start-qualification on the labour-market, improve their working-skills or improve their daily. Mostly it is learner-centred and combined with the (daily or work-)practice.
– Law of Budget for Participation: Aiming Integration, Re-integration, Adult Education;
– Law of societal development (WMO): Aiming at supporting vulnerable citizens and liveability in communities;
– Secondary School for adults: Aiming at gaining starting-qualification(s) for the labour-market;
– Vocational training: Gaining qualifications and skills for improvement attitude at work or employability.
Responsible public bodies / ministries
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science: http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/ocw
Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment: http://www.rijksoverheid.nl/ministeries/szw
Relevant umbrella associations and national (service) organisations
MBO-Raad: http://www.mboraad.nl/ (Regional Centres of Adult Education)
NRTO: http://www.paepon.nl/ (adult education providers for profit)
Nieuwe BV: http://www.beraadsgroepvorming.nl/ (non-formal adult education)
Providers of Adult Education
In the Netherlands there are different types of Adult Education providers. By theme:
– Law of Budget for Participation: Mostly Regional Organisations of Adult Education or providers of adult education for profit
– Law of societal development (WMO): Mostly Regional Organisations of Adult Education and welfare organisations
– Secondary School for adults: Mostly Mostly Regional Organisations of Adult Education or providers of adult education for profit
– Vocational training: Mostly Training institutions
Funding 1: Law of Budget for Participation: Aiming Integration, Re-integration, Adult Education and secondary schooling for adults aiming at gaining starting-qualification(s) for the labour-market
Funding 2: Law of societal development (WMO): Aiming at supporting vulnerable citizens and liveability in communities;
Funding 3: Employers: Vocational training: Gaining qualifications and skills for improvement attitude at work or employability.
– Qualification for Labour-Market
– Improvement of working-skills
– Learning and Working
– Digital Learning
– Increase of Social Inclusion (http://www.spectrum-gelderland.nl/smartsite.dws?id=54933)
– Early school Leaving / drop outsGeneral Adult Education for early school-leavers
Quality system / insurance
There are two restrictions in the Netherlands:
1. For examination of migrants the providers needs to accredited;
2. Most of adult education concerning educational programmes of the Law of Budget for Participation belongs to the Regional Adult Education Centres.
Latest developments / upcoming topics
– Cutting of subsidizes, because of economical crisis
– Scientific Research about outcome and effects of adult education
– Prevention of drop outs
– Combination of Working and Learning
– Marketing in adult education
– IlliteracyDigital Learning
EAEA Country presentation: Netherlands
EUROPEDIA: European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems – Netherlands
General country information: Wikipedia: Netherlands