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Ms. Sueann Scott Drago
Dissemination and Communications ​Unit
2599 7219

Adult Education Survey 2016

The Adult Education Survey (AES) aims to gather information on uptake of formal, non-formal and informal education and training activities, being academic or vocational, during 2016. The survey is conducted every five years, as per EU regulation, amongst adults aged 25-64 who were living in private households in Malta and Gozo during the year under review. The analysis presented in this publication is based on an estimated population of 236,210 persons ...


... Total number of persons aged 25-64 who have actively sought information about education and training possibilities during 2016 amounted to 45,664 (equivalent to 19.3 per cent of the estimated target population count).

... The number of persons participating in Formal Education (FED) increased from 4.4 per cent (9,481 persons) reported in 2011 to 7.2 per cent (16,994 persons) in 2016.

… The most popular reason for undertaking formal education was to increase skills/knowledge in a subject of interest, with 92.3 per cent of FED participants confirming this.

… Each FED participant spent an annual average of 245 hours in this form of learning during 2016.

… Total number of persons participating in Non-Formal Education (NFE) during the reference period amounted to 79,797 (equivalent to 33.8 per cent of the target population count).

... On average, an NFE participant followed 2.34 NFE activities during the reference year.

...Nearly 40 per cent of the youngest category of respondents (aged 25-34 years) did not participate in either FED or NFE activity during 2016 and did not show any interest in future participation.

... The number of persons participating in Informal Education (INF) stood at 42.0 per cent (99,178 persons) in 2016.

... The largest proportion of INF participants belonged to the age group 35-54, with 48.7 per cent (48,338 persons).

... Over 40 per cent of the target population said that they are familiar with two other languages, other than their mother tongue. On the other hand, 8.2 per cent of the population confirmed that they do not know any other languages, apart from their mother tongue.

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