UNESCO's Four Pillars of Learning Applied

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UNESCO’s four pillars of education (learning to know, learning to do, learning to live together, and learning to be) are guiding principles for educational change that emphasize a holistic and sustainable approach – a higher order set of skills to aspire for self-actualization to better meet our complex and ever-changing world. The pillars cut through cultural differences and unify all ages; they emphasize the basic individual right towards a new vision of life-long learning for the 21st Century. “Lifelong learning” covers learning from preschool age to post-retirement age ; however, much attention and research have been focused on education and learning for children and youth with little attention focused on the adult aspect of learning . This has however now begun to gain more significance within the context of the global economic crisis and high unemployment rates, as well as the challenges of acquiring a new skill and career transitioning, where it is not only commonplace but is expected. We have a growing population of adults who find they can no longer rely on education and skills they acquired in school to last them to the end of their working lives. In addition, there is the issue of delivering flexible learning arrangements that can fit into working adults’ lives. Most adults have limited time to invest in after-working-hours formal learning, as they find themselves already over-scheduled with family obligations on top of work. According to a recent OECD study on adult learning policies and procedures (2005), “shaping delivery of learning programs to match adult learners’ specific needs … can improve the motivation of those who find either no reason for or obstacles to participation.” In light of this, I have ... ... middle of paper ... ..., 9.7.2002, p. 1 Council Resolution of 27 June 2002 on lifelong learning (OJ C 163, 9.7.2002, p. 1 Promoting Adult Learning, p. 77 – ISBN 92-64-01092-0 – © OECD 2005 Learning The Treasure Within, UNESCO Commission, p. 37. UNESCO Publishing 1996. Revised Recommendation on Technical and Vocational Education, UNESCO, Paris 2001 Four Pillars of Learning for the Reorganization of Curriculum: Reflections and Discussions. By Zhou Nan-Zho Learning To Do: Values for Working Together In a Globalized World, UNESCO Commission, UNESCO Publishing 2005. http://www.ncc.se/en/About-NCC/This-is-how-we-work-/Code-of-Conduct http://www.unglobalcompact.org/system/commitment_letters/11006/original/CEOletter.pdf?1263370129 http://www.ncc.se/en/About-NCC/This-is-how-we-work-/Code-of-Conduct Promoting Adult Learning, p. 77 – ISBN 92-64-01092-0 – © OECD 2005

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