‘Lifelong learning lays the foundation for sustainable social, economic and environmental development. The idea of learning throughout life is deeply rooted in all cultures. However, it is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s fast changing world, where social, economic and political norms are constantly being redefined.
Studies have shown that lifelong learners … citizens who acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of contexts … are better equipped to adapt to changes in their environments. Lifelong learning and the learning society therefore have a vital role to play in empowering citizens and effecting their transition to sustainable societies.
While national governments are largely responsible for creating strategies for building learning societies, lasting change requires commitment at the local and personal level.’
So, what is commitment to lifelong learning ‘at a local and personal level’ …
Local government needs to play its part but it is those organizations who are constantly learning and taking account of that learning to innovate and change their working practices that gain the competitive advantage of market leaders. However, they cannot work alone and it is the committed lifetime learner, those who constantly use their learning to create change in their habits and behaviours that become the success stories, the signposts and the role models.