The Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL)

The Nordic Region is a knowledge region with tremendous potential for the development of human resources.

Nordic co-operation is based on shared values, culture and history, and in particular, on a shared view of democracy and education. Adult learning is a priority areas of Nordic co-operation.  Together with the sub-programme Nordplus Voksen, the NVL comprises MR-U’s efforts within the policy area of adult learning.

The NVL’s primary tasks include: promoting the development and implementation of strategies for lifelong learning and skills development; contributing to personal development and democratic participation; promoting collaboration with the Nordplus Voksen framework programme; providing structured and strategic information on the experiences and results of Nordic co-operation; and establishing synergies with international, and especially European, co-operation on adult learning.

Its work is organised by way of a number of networks and working groups that, in addition to their national foundations, involve civil society and business.

NVL will: 

  • promote the development and implementation of lifelong learning and skills development in various areas of adult learning in the Nordic countries;
  • contribute to the development of Nordic education systems through ongoing and strengthened policy dialogue with MR-U/EK-U and decision-makers, as well as co-operate with the rotating presidencies of the Nordic Council of Ministers; 
  • contribute to personal development and democratic participation through different forms of adult learning;
  • together with Nordplus, promote dialogue and interaction with the Nordplus Voksen framework programme; 
  • promote interaction with civil society and business, and raise public awareness; and
  • provide structured and strategic information on the experiences and results of Nordic co-operation on adult learning, both within the Nordic Region and internationally, especially at European level.
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