2. Lifelong learning (LLL): a new culture of learning
The concept of “lifelong learning” has always existed in the history of mankind but has become vitally important with the emergence of new technologies. It can be defined as the continuous, voluntary and self-motivated search for knowledge for personal or professional reasons. It is not merely an economic imperative, empowering people to stay ahead of technological change. It is fundamentally a learning culture based on emancipatory, humanistic and democratic values. For UNESCO, “lifelong learning for all is a sine qua non for eradicating poverty and hunger. Moreover, informed and active citizens are the key to sustaining peace and democracy.” Promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all, involves meeting the “basic learning needs” of each person, so that s/he can do what s/he needs or wants to do in his life, and to continue learning.
This new culture intends to promote learning beyond the school system, throughout the life of the person, from childhood to the end of life. There is no barrier between youth education and adult education. The end of compulsory schooling is not the end of education. Lifelong learning does not begin when you leave school. Moreover, compulsory schooling should first and foremost aim to begin connecting young people with the rest of life—lifelong and lifewide—and with adults. This integration of learning and life, which seeks to create learning opportunities in different environments throughout the life of an individual is one of the most significant developments of our time in the pedagogical plane. Literacy can no longer be perceived and treated as an independent set of skills that develops and is “completed” within a short period of full-time study and then ends.
- It is vital to learn how to learn in the digital space which is part of our life
- Lifelong learning (LLL): a new culture of learning
- The most important lifelong learning (LLL) skills
- The LLL skills are natural
- The LLL skills can be lost… or cultivated
- Cultivating the LLL skills connecting school with the rest of life
- Lifelong learning is for all
- Hanemann U. (2015) Lifelong literacy: Some trends and issues in conceptualising and operationalising literacy from a lifelong learning perspective. http://www.unesco.org/new/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/Santiago/pdf/Hanemann-Lifelong-Literacy.pdf
- Palmer A. (2017) Lifelong learning is becoming an economic imperative. http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21714169-technological-change-demands-stronger-and-more-continuous-connections-between-education?fsrc=scn/tw_ec/lifelong_learning_is_becoming_an_economic_imperative
- Lifelong learning. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifelong_learning
- Laying Foundations for Equitable Lifelong Learning for All – UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002292/229289E.pdf