Basque Government launches law on lifelong learning

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At the Second International Congress on Lifelong Learning organised by the Basque Government in San Sebastian 7-9 November, the President of the Government, Patxi López, addressed some 500 members of parliament, directors and staff from technical colleges, adult and secondary education, universities and other institutions. The presentation was entitled “Euskadi wants learning throughout life to become a strategic guideline for the future for our country”. Isabel Celaá, Minister of Education, Universities and Research, gave a strong, motivational speech about the need for an education that will build peace in people’s minds.

The ground was thus prepared for a keynote speech at the opening event by the former President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors, on “The Treasure Within. Learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, learning to be. What is the value of that treasure 15 years after its publication?” UIL Director Arne Carlsen, representing the Director General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, gave a presentation at the Congress’ closing event with a statement on “The future of lifelong learning in the world from the point of view of UNESCO”.

The  law on lifelong learning will be passed in the Basque Parliament in December.