Lifelong learning refers to “all learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences within a personal, civic, social and/or employment-related perspective”. It encompasses learning in all periods of life (from early youth to old age) and in all forms in which it is realized (formal, non-formal and informal). (Commission of the European Communities, 2001, Making a European Area of Lifelong Learning a Reality.)
The Agency continuously invests significant efforts in the promotion and development of lifelong learning and education, and especially by implementing the national educational campaign Lifelong Learning Week. You can find more information at www.cjelozivotno-ucenje.hr.
The concept of lifelong learning is the idea of systematizing learning in all periods of life (from early youth to old age) and in all forms in which it is realized (formal, non-formal and informal). Learning is a continuous process in which the results and motivation of an individual to learn in a certain period of life are conditioned by the knowledge, habits and experiences of learning acquired at a younger age. The concept of lifelong learning is most often associated with goals of an economic nature, such as achieving greater competitiveness and lasting employability. On the other hand, equally important goals that contribute to a more active role of the individual in society must not be neglected. These goals are to encourage social inclusion, the development of active citizenship and the development of individual potentials of individuals.
- Commission of the European Communities (2000) ‘A Memorandum on Lifelong Learning’, Commission Staff Working Paper SEC (2000) 1832, Brussels
- Commission of the European Communities (2001) ‘Making a European Area of Lifelong Learning a Reality’ , COM(2001) 678 final, Brussels
- Commission of the European Communities (2006) ‘Adult learning: It is never too late to learn’, Communication from the Commission, COM (2006) 614 final, Brussels
- Lifelong Learning in Europe: Moving towards EFA Goals and the CONFINTEA V Agenda Call to Action (2002) ‘Sofia Conference on Adult Education 9th November 2002’, Sofia