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1 dicembre 2017

Adult education: Epale’s September focus is health literacy

When we think about adult education, health is rarely the first thing to come to our minds. We rather think about basic skills or upskilling for the labour market. However, adult education can also be an important tool to enhance people’s health and wellbeing.

In 2013, this report on health literacy of the World Health Organization revealed that in Europe there is a concerning number of adults with low health literacy and lacking knowledge about access to treatment and care, prevention and territorial services.  Weak health literacy competencies have been shown to result in less healthy choices, poorer health and more hospitalisation.

In December, EPALE, the European platform for adult education, brings to the fore health literacy, especially regarding the most vulnerable groups, such as older people, minorities, and people with low income or education levels. EPALE makes available Interesting articles in different languages and resources on the subject.


EPALE’s resources already online:

Learning is good for your Health

Strategic Partnership Roma HEALTH Care

EPALE’s webpage dedicated to the issue: https://ec.europa.eu/epale/it/blog/epale-focus-health-literacy

Everyone enrolled into EPALE can contribute by publishing news and resources on the platform


The electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE) is the European digital platform dedicated to the professionals operating in the adult education sector. The online environment offers the chance to collaborate and meet to exchange ideas, experiences and solutions. Currently, it has 32,000 subscribers in Europe and 3,600 in Italy. The EPALE National Unit is based at Indire.

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