Lifewide learning, AKA education touching all areas and circumstances of life

2020 Blog, Other

In our previous blog, we mentioned how handicapped social groups need their labour market integration to catch up, which may be influenced positively by target group-specific education and training.

In order to learn the proper competences, adult-age education has become more and more important in recent years. Apart from lifelong learning, there’s also a different set of ideals to touch all areas and circumstances with education, learning and training – lifewide learning.

The world’s constant and speedy changes are becoming more and more of a challenge for the individual and society alike. The organisations of modern economies go through a large change, mainly in terms of acceleration in necessary knowledge and competence. This necessitates that employees always develop their own knowledge, as they can only keep their jobs if they never stop developing their knowledge base. Meanwhile, unemployed can only find a job if they develop their knowledge and skills.

Lexical and theoretic knowledge nowadays only makes up a part of all that helps an individual keeping him/herself employed. In many cases, the most important for a future employee is to have work culture, stronger self-control and principle, precision in work, adaptability and dedication to the employer, even more so than the relevant professional knowledge.

Apart from this, it’s indispensable to obtain flexible, transformable and prevalent knowledge, the capability of properly utilising knowledge among ever-changing conditions, the development of the thinking process, a well-rounded problem identification and solving capacity, and a responsible, initiating behaviour. Further key competences can be good communication skills, the readiness for group / teamwork, stress resistance, openness, readiness for compromise, flexibility. Furthermore, physical labour nowadays needs several key competences that were characteristic of intellectual labour in the past.