Ministry Encourages Lifelong Learning In Kenya.
Because education is a key driver of economic development and sustainable livelihoods, the concept of Lifelong Learning (LLL), which aims to provide continuous learning, was developed.
Education Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Sara Ruto said on Thursday, as she presided over the opening ceremony of a two-day Policy Dialogue on LLL in Kenya, that lifelong learning is the voluntary and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for both personal and professional reasons.
She stated that it not only promotes social inclusion, active citizenship, and individual development, but it also increases competitiveness and employability, resulting in personal fulfilment and satisfaction.
“We are living in a dynamic world that demands us to keep up to date with emerging socio-economic and technological changes by acquiring new knowledge and developing new skills and capacities through continuous learning,” said Ruto.
Lifelong learning, according to the CAS, is based on the recognition that humans have a natural desire to explore, learn, and grow, and it encourages people to improve their quality of life and sense of self-worth by paying attention to the ideas and goals that inspire them.
Ruto emphasized the importance of lifelong learning, noting that Kenya is one of the countries that have endorsed the Education 2030 Agenda, which is guided by the Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting LLL opportunities for all.
“LLL takes place throughout life from ‘Cradle to Grave’ and by people of all ages as they strive to acquire knowledge and skills to meet their ever-changing needs,” she added.
Although the Directorate of Adult and Continuing Education, TVET and Universities, as well as other Government Departments and Agencies, have all played important roles in promoting LLL in the country, she claims that narrow conceptualisations of the LLL field, as well as conceptual tension between adult learning and LLL, have consistently resulted in less attention being paid to this area of education in both policy and practice.
Following the reduction in Lifelong Learning attention, CAS stated that a two-day dialogue has been organized to facilitate the sharing of experiences and lessons learned in order to strengthen LLL in the country.
In his remarks, United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) representative Alex Howells stated that the UN Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization is committed to supporting LLL in Kenya.
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“We are hoping that the dialogue shall lead to a development policy which shall promote lifelong learning in Kenya,” Howells said, adding that Lifelong Learning will not only provoke new ways of thinking but also empower people to learn from others.
The two-day dialogue drew participants from Life Long Learning institutions such as UIL in Hamburg, Germany, Kenyatta University, the Directorate of Adult and Continuing Education (DACE), the Kenya National Qualification Authority (KNQA), Multimedia University, and Mt Kenya University, among others.