Data of the Adult Education Survey compiled by the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) of Latvia show that, in 2011, almost one third of adults (32.4%) aged 25 – 64 were participating in formal and/or non-formal education. Females have participated in education more actively (37.4%), as compared to males (26.9%). Persons aged 25 – 34 were learning the most actively - 38.0%. Persons having higher education and employed persons participated in education more frequently, 54.3% and 40.3%, respectively.
Nowadays within the processes of society development, knowledge and their use as well as competences necessary in labour market and society generally are changing rapidly.Therefore more consistent and significant role along with the formal education is taken by non-formal education, regardless age or prior acquisition of a document certifying attainment of formal education. Formal and non-formal education both are equally significant in life-long learning policy and they supplement each other, enhancing population participation in social life.
Non-formal education plays significant role in the life-long learning conception.30% of the population aged 25 – 64 participated in non-formal education activities.Main answers given by respondents to the question “What were the main reasons why you participated in education activity?” were: to acquire knowledge useful in everyday life(95.3%), to rise possibilities for further career (86.1%), as well as to obtain certificate/diploma(68.0%).Adult participation in non-formal education activities was mainly work-related.This reason was main for 77.3% of the residents.
4.3% of the population aged 25 – 64 participated in formal education activities.Out of this number, employed persons (83.5%) participated in learning activities more frequently, followed by residents aged 25 – 34 (55.4%) and persons with higher education (56.6%).
Survey data show that persons willing to participate in education activities, but not doing that due to various reasons, mentioned a range of hindering factors - costs:training was too expensive, cost was difficult to afford (53.3%), schedule:training conflicted with work schedule (35.0%), and family responsibilities:did not have time due to family responsibilities (30.8%).Survey was conducted in all EU Member States in compliance with the methodology developed by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).Within the framework of the survey, population aged 25 – 64 was surveyed within the whole territory of Latvia - totally 5048 persons.
More detailed information of the Adult Education Survey will be available in the CSB webpage in the 1st quarter of 2013.
Prepared by the Culture, Education, Science and Health Statistics Section
 Formal education - system including levels of basic education, secondary education and higher education, acquisition of which programmes is testified with state recognised education or professional qualification document as well as education or professional qualification document.
Non-formal education - any organised educational activities outside formal education system, organised as courses, conferences, lectures, seminaries or workshops.The aim of the non-formal education is to acquire or improve skills, knowledge and competences related to work, public and personal aims.
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