What is the purpose of lifelong learning

What does “lifelong learning” mean?

The importance of further training was recognized by politicians in the recent past - and has been promoted nationally and internationally since then. Numerous programs offer a wide variety of ways to always stay on the ball.

The number of professions in which one-off training or one-off training is sufficient for 30 to 40 years of activity is falling steadily.

Our society is in a constant state of flux, and the demands that work and everyday life place on individuals are also changing accordingly. Adaptability, the will to develop further and the ability to acquire new things are therefore becoming more and more important. The concept of “lifelong learning” aims precisely at this: it describes the ability to learn independently throughout life.

Politicians in particular have increasingly addressed this issue in recent years. Accordingly, new guidelines for goals of politics and society are being formulated:

  • New motivational incentives for “lifelong learning” are to be created.
  • Every degree must offer the possibility of further qualification.
  • Personnel development should gain in importance in companies in the future.
  • Further training offers should be affordable and target group-oriented.
  • The possibilities of (further) [intlink id = “1590 ″ type =“ post “] educational counseling [/ intlink] are to be improved.

Lifelong learning - European funding programs

For this purpose, a total of 6 programs have been launched at European level, which are intended to promote lifelong learning in every imaginable situation in life. There are 4 programs that are tailored to individual educational areas and age groups:

These are supplemented by 2 general programs:

  • Cross-sectional program - language learning, political cooperation, etc.
  • Jean Monnet - Research projects and courses in the field of European integration

A total budget of seven billion euros was decided for this. In addition to the 27 EU member states, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and, since 2008, Switzerland also take part in the “Lifelong Learning” programs.

Lifelong learning - goals and programs in Germany

The main reason for the Federal Government's commitment in the field of lifelong learning in Germany was the fact that the population's participation in further training offers is relatively low in an international comparison. The [intlink id = “1436 ″ type =“ post “] Federal Ministry of Education and Research [/ intlink] has therefore set itself the goal of achieving the following values ​​in terms of continuing education among the working population by 2015:

  • Increase in participation in formalized further training (courses and seminars) from 43% to 50% of the working population.
  • At least 40% (previous value 28%) from the group of low earners should be active in a [intlink id = “1710 ″ type =“ post “] further training measure [/ intlink].
  • Overall, participation in all forms of learning is to increase from 72% to 80%.

In order to achieve these goals, a number of activities planned and partly already initiated:

  • Financial incentives for learning and further training in the form of a "further training bonus"
  • Improve transparency of offers by optimizing educational counseling
  • Regular Checking the quality the further training offers e.g. by the Stiftung Warentest
  • By regional educational monitoring supraregional cooperation is to be intensified, thereby improving the on-site offer
  • Introduction of special programs for the training of specialists: technical center to increase willingness to study in the natural sciences and technology; AQUA = academics qualify for the job market; New educational and employment paths for dropouts
  • Optimization of the educational path through increased interlinking and permeability of the individual educational options
  • Education and learning as an instrument of integration
  • Knowledge of the concept of "lifelong learning" increase in the general population

Tip: The journalist and book author Simone Janson offers a multi-part series of articles on the topic of “How do I find the right training” on her website.

Author: Sarah Dreyer
Published on January 6, 2011

Tags: educational pathways, support programs, lifelong learning, learning