LLL and Voluntary Activities, Brussels, Belgium, October 2010

Workshop 2: Creating skills and competences for living and working in the ASEM area
"Connecting Civil Societies of Asia and Europe:Changing Challenges, New Ideas"
An official side-event of the ASEM 8 Summit, Brussels 1-2 October 2010

 

Living and working in the ASEM area increasingly demand skills and competences in the personal, public and professional spheres. These skills and competences should be developed, maintained and updated as part of lifelong learning to respond successfully to changes in the growing inter-regionalisation process. The development of ASEM dialogue and cooperation in the field of lifelong learning has since 2005 been mainly between policy makers and researchers, therefore this workshop aims to connect civil society partners to the existing cooperation and create an expanded platform for stakeholders from non-formal and voluntary work in adult learning. The workshop will in particular focus on future cooperation between research in lifelong learning and the voluntary sector, and formulate recommendations for new Asia-Europe initiatives.

The development of ASEM dialogue and cooperation in the field of lifelong learning has since 2005 been mainly between policy makers and researchers, in order to facilitate education reforms based on research evidence from comparative studies and good practices in Asia and Europe. However, the extent and growing potential of the wide network of civil society organisations building ASEM relations through the "Solidarity of facts" prospected by EU father Jean Monnet, is still to be fully understood and exploited by the different stakeholders.

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