UIL and IIEP launch online distance course on lifelong learning

28 May 2018

Apply by 29 June 2018 to join the online course Mainstreaming adult/non-formal education into Education Sector Plans: A lifelong learning perspective.

In a world of fast economic, technological, and social change, lifelong learning has thrust to the forefront of the global education agenda. With changing societies and rapidly evolving labour markets demanding new knowledge, skills, and competencies, learning opportunities must be provided for throughout life. 

In this context, IIEP-UNESCO has teamed up with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) to offer an online course this coming October on mainstreaming adult and non-formal education into Education Sector Plans within a lifelong learning perspective.

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Course objectives

The main objective of the course, which will be hosted on the IIEP Virtual Campus, is to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop and implement sound strategies to ensure that adult/non-formal education is strengthened and becomes part and parcel of sector-wide education plans within a lifelong learning perspective. In the long term, this will enable them to contribute actively to the development of holistic lifelong learning systems, which will ensure that all people learn and can continue learning in a changing world.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for teams of professionals (4-6 members) from ministries of education, particularly from educational planning departments at central and provincial levels and non-formal education or adult education/literacy departments, personnel from development/international organizations specialized in education, and researchers and academics in the field of education and development. Interested institutions are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible and before 29 June 2018. 

Register HERE by June 29 2018

The course at a glance

  • Dates: 2 October to 27 November 2018 (8 weeks), with a two-week preliminary phase (18 September-1 October) for testing communications on the online platform.
  • Objective: To provide participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to strengthen and mainstream adult/ non-formal education into education sector plans, within a lifelong learning perspective.
  • Language: English.
  • Workload: 5–8 hours per week.
  • Fees: USD 550

Lifelong learning and the SDGs

The promotion of lifelong learning is critically important for both young people and adults, and even more so for marginalized and vulnerable groups, particularly in view of the strong emphasis on leaving no one behind in the Education 2030 Agenda.

Education systems must urgently adopt a comprehensive and holistic approach, which fully integrates all forms of education for young people and adults, in a lifelong learning approach. This should be reflected in education policies and education sector plans (ESPs) and requires a sector-wide and cross-sectoral approach, involving stakeholders from all relevant fields and ministries, at national and local levels.