International Perspectives in Different Countries
Reflections on the Development of a Lifelong Learning Society in Taiwan
Ming-Lieh Wu & Angel Hsi-I Chen
Lifelong learning is an essential mode of living and a key element for enhancing self-development as well as national competitiveness in this modern society. In response to the era of lifelong learning, the developed countries and many important international organizations such as United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Organisation for Economic and Co-operation Development (OECD) and European Union (EU) are devoted to relevant research, aiming to build up a learning society. There is no doubt that it has become a global trend in the twenty first century to promote lifelong learning which may lead to the emergence of a learning society. In 2009, UNESCO has therefore held The Sixth UNESCO International Conference on Adult Education, CONFINTEA VI in Belém with the theme topic of “Living and Learning for a Viable Future: The Power of Adult Learning”. The focus was to strengthen lifelong learning’s policy, governance, investment, quality, effectiveness, and influence; to make it to be a part of man’s living; as well as to facilitate the recognition towards its importance and effectiveness to the international society (UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2009a). In order to achieve such goals, UNESCO has also lunched Belém Framework for Action. Such Action claims that adult learning is worth investing as it brings positive social effects, turning the society to become peaceful, integrated, healthier, more sustainable, and with better democracy and productivity. However, the quality of adult...
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