Lifelong learning embodies the importance of learning across all ages and generations, in and outside the classroom, in a manner relevant to the wider social context. The concept was emphasized in the post-2015 Education Agenda through the Sustainable Development Goal 4 of “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
In order to re-orient Community Learning Centers (CLCs) towards the perspective of lifelong learning, UNESCO and the Non Formal Education Center (NFEC) jointly organized a three-day workshop from 18-20 July in Bhaktapur. Participants learned about interactive and innovative methods that can be replicated in their respective CLCs for the promotion of lifelong learning.
CLCs are community-based non-formal educational institution or organization that provides a range of services and learning opportunities to out-of-school children, youth and illiterate or semi-literate adults from socially disadvantaged rural and urban communities.
Over 50 participants took part in the workshop, including managers and facilitators from 14 different CLCs, representatives from NFEC and the Regional Education Directorate from Far Western, Western, Mid-Western Regions, as well as experts in the field of lifelong learning.
The workshop comprised three major sessions with plenary talks followed by breakout discussions. Sessions focused on concepts, creative approaches and resources for lifelong learning. Throughout the workshop, participants were introduced to a number of tools including community newsletters, documentation of local knowledge, mobile literacy, community drama and self-learning, with the aim of meeting the diverse and context-specific learning needs of people at every stage of their life. Participating CLCs also took the opportunity to share and review their current activities. Movie nights, meditative sessions and motivational talks were among the non-conventional activities organized to engage participants and foster their creativity.
The workshop concluded with participants summarizing their main learnings and presenting actions plans according to their community context during a panelist discussion, which also included moderator-curated questions directed to the panelist members. The panelists constitutes of Tap Raj Pant from UNESCO, Tanka Nath Sharma, an Education Specialist, and Diwarkar Dhungel, the Director of NFEC. The case study of lifelong learning in Nepal was also shared during the session.
Under the CapEFA Programme of “Building Capacities for Strengthening Literacy and Lifelong Learning in Nepal”, UNESCO has been constantly supporting capacity building of Non Formal Education service providers, including NFEC, DEOs, and CLCs across Nepal.
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