Lifelong Learning for the 21st Century
As the debate on lifelong learning resonates throughout the world, it is clear that there needs to be more discussion on how this concept will be put into practice. The rhetoric on lifelong learning has to be matched with evidence of how it works and how it will contribute to creating more humane societies. This booklet, Revisiting Lifelong Learning for the 21st Century is UIE’s contribution to this discussion.
The Fifth International Conference
on Adult Education (CONFINTEA V) in 1997 and the Dakar World Education
Forum (WEF) in 2000 were two of the most recent conferences co-organized
by UNESCO where the importance of lifelong learning was affirmed. We hope
that this booklet will be used widely to push forward the CONFINTEA V and
WEF agenda within the lifelong learning framework. It is our confident
expectation that the growing demand for learning and the new
paradigm shift encapsulated in CONFINTEA V will filter down to education
systems of many kinds worldwide, thus affirming the triumph of learning
as an essential tool, a right and a joy.