UNESCO Lifelong Learning Initiative
Education Futures’ Professor Neil Selwyn is a member of a 12-person international expert group who convened this year to prepare a report on the futures of lifelong learning for the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.
Lifelong learning has a critical role to play in shaping a sustainable future, building resilient societies, enhancing health and wellbeing, supporting environmental protection and climate action, and helping eradicate poverty and social inequalities.
The expert group has proposed a set of measures for targeted action:
- Offering targeted learning opportunities for disadvantaged groups and promoting gender equality
- Supporting the creation of easily accessible learning spaces
- Developing digital tools that enable learners to navigate their learning pathways
- Co-creating an educational commons, where education is acknowledged as a public good with openly accessible learning resources
- Equipping educational institutions with the tools to create a culture of lifelong learning
- Establishing a continuous dialogue on lifelong learning and promoting transdisciplinary research in the field
- Developing an action plan and monitoring solutions.
The group agreed that lifelong learning needs to be considered as a human right, ensuring that the needs of all learners are addressed and that no one is left behind.
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