Monday, June 12, 2006

Life Long Learning

Everybody in Canada agrees Life Long Learning is important for production, GDP, competitiveness, changing working conditions, skills upgrading.

Politicians, business and labour all talk about Life Long Learning. Education and skills upgrading is the pancea for business when they layoff workers for increased profits. Education and skills upgrading is what will make us competitive they say as they ship jobs offshore.
Canada lags in global trade race: Emerson

Yep Education and skills are important for the working class. But the reality is, well far less impressive.

Canada is a world leader at giving its residents a first chance to get a high school diploma. But when it comes to second chances, we tumble down the rankings.Our adult education system is spotty, riddled with barriers and unresponsive to the needs of Canadians who lack basic literacy and numeracy skills, say the authors of a new study entitled Too Many Left Behind: Canada's Adult Education and Training System. What is even more troubling, they contend, is that the gap between the winners and losers is widening.Adult education spotty at best

Almost six million Canadians aged 25 and over do not have a high school diploma or higher credentials, says a new report from the Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN).
And a staggering nine million people aged 16 to 65 - 42% of Canadians - have literacy skills below the level considered necessary to function in society.Poor literacy skills hinder too many

Lifelong learning eludes those who need it the most: report

Karen Myers
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Too Many Left Behind: Canada's Adult Education and Training System. Karen Myers and Patrice de Broucker. CPRN Research Report W|34, June 2006, 109 pages.

A new study from CPRN provides answers and makes recommendations to improve the effectiveness of Canada's adult education systems. Too Many Left Behind: Canada's Adult Education and Training System, by Karen Myers and Patrice de Broucker, documents the availability of formal adult learning opportunities in Canada and the factors influencing the participation of less educated/less skilled workers. The authors pinpoint gaps and suggest ways to overcome them.

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