As knowledge becomes ever more important in today’s society, so too does lifelong learning. Knowledge dates quickly and is replaced by new knowledge. What we need is an active approach to learning on the part of citizens, together with a government that encourages and facilitates this approach. Lifelong learning is one of ecbo’s core themes.
The Lisbon strategy
The EU aims to become a leading knowledge economy. Lifelong learning, which was placed on the political agenda in Lisbon in 2000, is a tool to this end. The Lisbon strategy is decisive for national and European policies on lifelong learning as it makes learning a joint objective for businesses, employees, governments and education and training providers. Lifelong learning involves establishing links between informal learning (learning as you go), non-formal learning (courses, training) and formal learning (education).
Ecbo translates European policy on lifelong learning at the national level. We monitor individual learning accounts, provide regular updates on training and development funds (O&O) and monitor participation in post-initial education. We give particular attention to the role of public institutions.