What is the relevance of ‘lifelong learning’ ?
Lifelong learning is seen, also by politicians, as the key to employment and economic growth.
The European Union promotes the principle of lifelong learning with several education and training initiatives that have been subsumed into a ‘programme for lifelong learning’. From 2007 to 2013, this programme is supported with 7 billion Euros.
The aims of the lifelong learning programme:
- Europeans should learn together and from each other.
- It should be possible to take parts of a training programme abroad. This should be approved throughout Europe.
How to do it?
Every single European citizen should be able to document his complete education within the EU. Therefore two instruments have been developed:
- the Europass
- the European qualifications framework for lifelong learning