ERIC Number: EJ1078257
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
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Can Lifelong Learning Be the Post-2015 Agenda for the Least Developed Countries?
Regmi, Kapil Dev
International Journal of Lifelong Education, v34 n5 p551-568 2015
This paper discusses what approaches to "lifelong learning" should guide the post-2015 education agenda for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) which refers to a group of 49 countries that are off-track in achieving most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Education for All goals. Reports prepared by major consultation groups such as the High Level Panel established by the United Nations and Global Thematic Consultation Group have proposed that "providing quality education and lifelong learning" is an overarching post-2015 education agenda. It is an important breakthrough since "lifelong learning" has been recommended; however, it is not clear what understanding(s) of lifelong learning has been articulated in those documents. How have those recommendations addressed the issues and challenges of the LDCs? In this paper, I review literature on lifelong learning and analyse major documents related to the post-2015 education agenda, especially the one prepared by UN High Level Panel. I conclude that unless the LDCs are given a leadership role for setting their goals--according to their contextual realities--the post-2015 millennium initiatives, such as "lifelong learning" as a new educational agenda, will make no sense.
Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Developing Nations, International Organizations, Equal Education, Educational Quality, Literature Reviews, Agenda Setting, Goal Orientation, Leadership Role, Human Capital, Models, Foreign Countries
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