This book is a collection of papers presented at the Policy Dialogue on Adult and Lifelong Learning in the Asian context. It discusses the policy and institutional environment of adult learning, as well as issues relating to promoting a culture of quality reflected in learning outcomes and impact on people’s lives.
The papers examine the broader framework of lifelong learning, and the strategic places and spaces for building conducive and motivating environments for adult learning. It gives a wealth of actions which help us to grasp the extent to which lifelong learning is becoming institutionalised in the field of adult learning, including issues relating to the expanded notions of literacy and continuing education, institutional structures for out-of-school learning, decentralisation, partnership building, quality and community ownership.
The book poses a number of challenges for national planners and other stakeholders in terms of strengthening the relationship between policy-making and the imperatives of inclusive democracy, equality, equity, human dignity, gender justice and intercultural understanding. The papers collectively demonstrate the importance of lifelong learning as an overarching vision of education for all, a cornerstone of creating learning communities, necessary to empower people and enable them to cope with the new challenges of the 21st century.