Nordisk Folkeoplysnings- og Voksenundervisningssamarbejde (FOVU)

Coopération nordique en matière d'éducation des adultes
Nordic Adult Education Cooperation
Aikuiskasvatuksen ja Kansansivistystyön Pohjoismainen Yhteistyö

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1976, as a cooperation body of Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM), based on Nordic Cultural Cooperation and subsequently updated. Also referred to in English as: Steering Committee for Nordic Cooperation on Adult and General Education; Steering Group for Adult Education; Steering group for Folkeoplysning and Adult Education. Other titles occurring in published literature: Nordiske Folkeoplysningssamarbejdsorganisationer -- Nordisk Samarbejde vedrørende Voksenundervisning og Folkeoplysning -- Aikuiskasvatuksen ja Sivistystyön Pohjoismainen Yhteistyö.


Stimulate and develop understanding of diversity and shared features of popular and adult education in the Nordic region and reinforce the Nordic dimension in an international context; advise the NMR in related matters; promote Nordic education policy development in the field.

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Initiates Nordic network projects; provides financial assistance to cooperation projects, courses and conferences organized by Nordic adult education organizations and to students wishing to study in a folk high school in another Nordic country; administers temporary networks dealing with specific topics; promotes information exchange; undertakes or initiates investigations and analyses of special sectors of Nordic adult education and arranges conferences to present these themes to a wider public. Action Plan 2000-2004, based on 5-year strategy of NMR on cooperation in education, training and research, emphasizes holistic and process-oriented approaches to life-long learning and active exchange of information and experience in the field. Advisory working groups include: international contact group; evaluation group for the aid scheme; editorial council. Works on developmental and innovative efforts with the Nordic Folk Academy.


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Subjects *

  • Education
    • Further Education
  • Solidarity
    • Cooperation

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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