The Basque Government showcases the Basque Lifelong Learning Act in Beijing
A delegation of the Basque Government, led by the Director for Training and Learning, Ramón Martínez de Murguia, and the Lanbide Training Director, Juan Ibarretxe, are attending the UNESCO conference in Beijing (China). The "Lifelong Learning for All: Inclusion, Prosperity and Sustainability in Cities" conference has attracted over 500 authorities representing cities, regions and states from around the world.
The Basque Delegation took part this morning (a.m. Beijing time, early hours of the morning in the Basque Country) in a session where they outlined the Basque experience in lifelong learning. As Martínez de Murguia and Ibarretxe explained, the activities implemented in the Basque Country in this area "seek to update and improve the professional and personal competences of the target audience, particularly the basic competences". These competences and skills have a positive impact on the region's economic performance and social cohesion, "by contributing to the employability of the individuals and to their active citizen dimension".
Basque Lifelong Learning act
With respect to the Basque Lifelong Learning Act, they stressed that "the rapid evolution of technologies and of the production system requires permanent adaptation and redefining of learning, competences and professional qualifications", and they added that "this situation requires a new approach to education and training that addresses the new challenges of the knowledge society".
According to the two Basque representatives, there is now a need to give momentum to an integrated lifelong learning system from Infant Education to after retirement "that involves the population overall, ensures the acquisition and development of basic skills, and fosters the integration and participation of everyone in cultural, political, economic and social spheres, particularly of the most disadvantaged groups".
They ended by highlighting the objectives of the recent legislation:
• To establish the legal framework that drives and regulates and efficient learning system in the Basque Country and which consolidates the job finding and social integration possibilities.
• To establish an integrated vocational training system that is capable of addressing the qualification and requalification needs of the population overall throughout their working life, regardless of their job situation.
• To give momentum to a Basque learning system that caters for the learning desires and needs of the retired population and which prepares them for active ageing.
• To drive a lifelong guidance system, by integrating the guidance activities implemented by the different entities with jurisdiction in the area. The Basque Lifelong Learning Board has been set up to foster cooperation among the different institutions of the Basque Country.