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Co-financing Lifelong Learning

Towards a Systemic Approach

Co-financing Lifelong Learning
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Lifelong learning is not yet a reality for all. Economic and financial factors continue to limit opportunities in ways that are neither efficient nor equitable. Part of the problem is that our societies still have the habit of viewing learning as something for the young, something that is state supported. There are deep-seated institutional and policy biases against investment in human capital. But promising signs of change have emerged in the past few years, including initiatives that make it easier for private and public actors to co-invest in lifelong learning. However, they do not yet represent systemic change.

This report summarises the important economic and financial challenges that lifelong learning poses. It reviews recent experience with initiatives to facilitate the co-financing of lifelong learning. It also takes stock of the political debate on the subject and explores the systemic changes needed for society to claim that lifelong learning is a reality for all. 

This report draws on the proceedings of the international conference, “A Systemic Approach to Co-financing Lifelong Learning”, held in Bonn Germany in October 2003 and on work that the OECD has carried out in co-operation with the European Learning Account Partnership Network.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2004
146 pages; ISBN 9789264018129
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