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Continuing education and training in the international context

Both the policies and also the practices of the Swiss continuing education and training system are influenced by international developments. As a member of UNESCO, Switzerland has committed itself to implementing different international recommendations and education agendas in continuing education and training (CET). At the practical level, exchanges in international networks are vital to be able to identify future developments at an early stage and guarantee knowledge transfer from and to Switzerland.

The role of SVEB

Since its foundation, SVEB has been active in international networks and associations and cooperates with Swiss authorities to implement international education agendas. Here it is involved in strengthening continuing education and training worldwide, introduces its expert knowledge and represents the interests of Swiss CET providers with the following general objectives:

  • support of the Swiss educational authorities in the implementation of international agendas;
  • representation of the interests of Switzerland in international networks and associations;
  • identification of international developments at an early stage and transfer of knowledge to the CET stakeholders in Switzerland and from Switzerland to other countries.

Information dossiers

In order to ensure that these goals are reached, international agreements and programmes, networks and specific projects play a decisive role for policies and practices.

International strategies

  • the Marrakech Framework for Action (CONFINTEA VII)
  • the Education 2030 Agenda of the UN
  • the UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education

Networks and associations

  • the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA)
  • the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)
  • the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN)
  • the Hall of Fame Europe (HOFE)

International projects

SVEB is active in projects in Eastern and South Eastern Europe and cooperates in EU projects.