SVV – Freedom and Responsibility of Liberal (or Popular) Adult Education is a Finnish joint research programme established in 2011 by Tampere University (TAU), University of Eastern Finland (UEF) and Åbo Akademi University (ÅA) and Finnish Adult Education Association (FAEA). The programme aims to strengthen the research on popular/liberal adult education.

For the time period 2020-2022, SVV endeavours to make visible the questions concerning edification in society. The main themes of the time period are sustainable development/eco-social edification and new working life narrative. Year 2021 is a year of celebration for SVV, because it has been 10 years since the joint collaboration contract was made. The aim of SVV is to build sustainable, effective and reformative liberal (or popular) adult education. The programme collaboration is penetrated by research, study and history based attempts.

  1. Towards planetary responsibility in adult education forum has been postponed to the year 2021 due to the covid-19 pandemic. The forum will be arranged in Helsinki, but the exact date for the forum will be announced later. The forum is organized by SVV, The Finnish Lifelong Learning Foundation and EAEA. The forum discusses the potential of adult education, especially popular/liberal/non-formal adult education, to tackle urgent and integrated environmental, social, economic and political problems, taking into account its diverse, often opposing interpretations and positions in different places.  The forum aims at identifying joint “issues of concern” and strategies for developing agendas for joint activities in the future. For more information, see
  1. Aikuiskasvatus journal, a Finnish scientific and peer reviewed journal specialized in adult education, has announced an invitation for papers about the theme Liberal/popular adult education in the time of planetary crises. The theme celebrates the SVV-programme and its 10th anniversary. Planetary crises challenge us to find new ways for thinking and learning. How can the liberal/popular adult education enhance social, economical and ecological sustainability? The special issue focuses on eco-social edification that is scrutinized from the perspectives of planetary and sustainable development. For more information, see: (in Finnish)
  1. The research workshop of liberal/popular adult education will be arranged in Oulu in August 2020 together with the liberal/popular adult education seminar. At the moment, the arrangements of the seminar and the workshop are uncertain due to the covid-19 situation. The workshop is open to public, for those interested in liberal/popular adult education research. The program builds on the research presentations and informal discussions afterwards. For more information, see: (in Finnish)

Satu Heimo, The Part-time Coordinator of SVV programme