The chain of schools for adults initiated in five Swedish cities operates under the guidance of an educational association, Folkuniversitetet. This organization offers a wide range of extramural educational services and courses based on Swedish universities. The activities are aimed primarily at adults who seek to engage in extra-curricular learning for both professional development and recreation. According to the school’s website, the array of courses and educational projects includes local and international ones in arts, photography, informational technologies, languages, crafts, and other areas (“Welcome to Folkuniversitetet,” 2020). An important feature about the organization is its multicultural direction that allows for creating opportunities for so-called folkbildning, a concept that implies an extensive educational framework for adults to enhance their right for continuous learning (“Welcome to Folkuniversitetet,” 2020). The adherence of this Swedish folk school to the values of folkbildning allows for providing benefits, social and professional opportunities for people from different cultures.
Based on the observed features of the educational association, one might state that this system of extramural education is feasible and potentially effective in solving some social and educational problems in the USA. It might prospectively contribute to community-based education promotion, elimination of cultural insensitivity in the USA, and the inclusion of the adult population in the process of continuous development and personal growth. The long-term work of the association and the accumulated experience in managing multiple projects, including local and international, might be fruitful from the perspective of experience exchange.
Overall, the reviewed educational organization is a high-quality chain of educational institutions that are capable of integrating multiple cultures into one educational community. It promotes adult education and aims at enhancing adults’ professional and vocational opportunities. In the US setting, such a school might be an effective tool in eliminating adult education problems, facilitating grown-ups’ access to learning courses, and improving the quality of experiences for immigrating ethnic minorities, who are in a particular need of learning the language and acquiring professional skills.
Welcome to Folkuniversitetet! (2020). Folkuniversitetet. Web.