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Towards developing lifelong learning-oriented education systems

22 October 2018

National delegations from Indonesia, Kenya, Namibia and Viet Nam take steps to advance on lifelong learning.

Shanghai, China, 22 October 2018 – Representatives from the ministries of education, related ministries and government agencies as well as leading researchers from Indonesia, Kenya, Namibia and Viet Nam have just got together in Shanghai for a two-week workshop on developing lifelong learning-oriented education systems in their countries. Each national team consists of eight representatives involved in the development and implementation of lifelong learning-oriented policies and strategies back in their countries.

The workshop is based on a handbook developed by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) – Handbook for Lifelong Learning: Policy and Practice – to be published in 2019.

This two-week workshop will run from 22 October to 2 November and cover the different aspects on how to make “lifelong learning for all” a structural component of a country’s education system. During the workshop, participants will learn more about the concept of lifelong learning as an approach to addressing countries’ education issues in a holistic manner and will explore which governance mechanisms and institutional capacities are required to implement lifelong learning policies. In addition, monitoring and evaluation systems as well as new ways of using information and communication technologies will be discussed. Experiences of learning cities as well as approaches to enhancing learning opportunities in rural areas will also be shared. The workshop will include site visits to different community-based learning centres in several districts of Shanghai. Considering participants’ specific national contexts, each country team will come up with a draft proposal for a national policy or strategy to initiate policy dialogue in their country and to lead the integration of lifelong learning as the guiding principle into their education system and policy.

This capacity-development-initiative is a joint effort by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning UIL, the National Commission of the People's Republic of China for UNESCO, Shanghai Open University, and East China Normal University and follows a high-level International Consultative Meeting on Lifelong Learning named Lifelong learning as a fundamental approach for sustainable development: Concepts, policies and strategies, held from 18 to 19 October 2018 in Shanghai.

National delegations from Indonesia, Kenya, Namibia and Viet Nam take steps to advance on lifelong learning.

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