Singapore invests in lifelong learning to boost country’s economy


© Singapore Tourism Board
2 February 2016

The Government of Singapore will devote 20 million Singapore dollars to research on lifelong learning between 2016 and 2020. This investment, the government believes, will help provide a better understanding of how to best utilize its citizens’ skills, link performance to productivity, stimulate employment, and encourage innovation in learning technologies, andragogy and pedagogy. Singapore has already made a commitment to increase funding for continuing education and training from S$600 million per year in 2015 to S$1 billion per year in 2020. This increase comes at a time when Singapore is refocusing on lifelong learning as a means of developing skills through continuing education and training. It is hoped that this will encourage economic growth and increase the country’s competitiveness.

Encouraging adult learning for further workforce development

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has been working with the Government of Singapore to create a culture of lifelong learning that will promote the professional excellence of the country’s workforce. UIL will continue to work with the Singapore Institute for Adult Learning, which was established in 2008 as part of Singapore’s Workforce Development Agency, to develop and integrate in its workforce a culture of lifelong learning, as recommended in the UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (2015) and the third UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III).