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.
Across the world, certain groups of people are still hard pressed to get the most out of their education and training system.
Partnership between the worlds of work and education is a process that is set to become an integral part of how we go about developing education.
“Employment”: promoting better functioning and inclusive labour markets and vocational education and training systems in ETF partner countries.
Making qualifications transparent and easily readable, even across international frontiers, is a high priority for the ETF.
Teachers are a critical factor in education reforms. The ETF takes therefore the role of schools and teachers seriously throughout its work.
Focusing on key competences is one of the surest ways of keeping education and training relevant in a fast-changing environment.
Governance modes and models have a high correlation with the overall performance of education and training policies, influencing their strategic formulation and implementation.