Armenia: Learning from peers about lifelong learning
In 2011, the ETF is implementing a project on lifelong learning in Eastern Europe. It is aims to collect information, promote peer learning, and design future actions adapted to the national priorities of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine.
On one of such peer-learning visits in Yerevan, Armenia, between 16 and 20 October, representatives of public institutions, employers and employees organizations from Georgia, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova came to Yerevan, Armenia.
While representatives of public institutions discussed the questions of formulation and implementation of policies, representatives of companies, training providers and consultants focused on continuing vocational education and training and its contribution to skills and competitiveness.
The topics of discussion centered on the following themes:
- quality of the workforce: assessment and priorities for development
- who should do what to improve the quality of the workforce
- possibilities and constraints in investing in continuous vocational training
- recommendations for future actions and possible interventions by donors
The visit included meetings with local companies and to the Adult Education Center in Tavush, in the north-east of the country. The Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Association and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Armenia are key partners in the project and contributed to the organization of the visit.
Put simply, lifelong learning means that people can – and should have the opportunity to – learn throughout their lives.
Increased labour mobility across borders brings the skills issue onto the international agenda so the ETF also focuses on policy actions related to skills and employment of both emigrants and returnees.
The ETF aims to develop the capacity of partner country institutions and other stakeholders in developing, monitoring and reviewing policies in the areas of entrepreneurial learning and enterprise skills.
“Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.
The ETF's role in qualifications is to provide expertise for the reform of qualifications systems in partner countries, in their various stages of planning and implementation.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Quality assurance is provided through the development of methodological instruments to facilitate a structured policy learning process, integrating quality assurance principles, and reinforcing the quality assurance dimension in the Torino Process.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.