Lifelong Learning (LLL) is a not exactly a new concept in the European sphere. It was first mentioned by the European Commission in 1994. In 1995, it was included in the white paper “ Teaching and Learning, towards a cognitive society.” It was very much focused on the social benefits that LLL can bring. IT became more and more important, included in the Lisbon strategy and Europe 2020.
It was also very soon at the core of the activities of the Bologna Process, insisting on it in the qualification frameworks, the creation of the European Higher Education Area etc.
OECD insist on Lifelong Learning as a factor of social inclusion. It has to be developed as such, the problem being that "lifelong learners tend to be those who have already done well in initial education".
Many other stakeholders care for LLL: Individuals, employers, governments, the providers of LLL and European organisations. EUA has a charter for LLL. EURASHE considers that LLL must be developed from the grassroots level, according to good practice and the needs of the learners. As many stakeholders as possible should be included, especially labour market actors.
In 2008, EURASHE defined priorities for LLL:
- Labour market orientation/regional development
- Strategy for LLL at HEIs / Funding
- Support services at HEIs
- Curriculum design/flexibility
- Recognition of Prior Learning
- Position in HE/progression in studies
- Methods of delivery
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