This study seeks to identify the socio-economic background and the current trend of lifelong learning regimes in Asia. It is based on an archival research from the perspective of policies, measures and regional co-operation in Asia. The study maintains that lifelong learning has become a key element on the policy agenda of both the government and private sectors in Asia in order to face the economic and demographic challenges of the 21st century. The study also maintains that there is a gradual shift from active labour market policies towards active lifelong learning policies in Asia. Yet,Asian countries are at different stages of policy reforms to ensure lifelong
learning opportunities for all. While lifelong learning is enshrined in the constitution of many Asian countries,some have targeted, in relatively narrow terms, only certain categories of the workforce. Participation in lifelong learning and training is yet to be further encouraged among the older population,those with low education,and low-skilled,low-paid and female workers. While governments have reasserted their role through policy measures, institutional infrastructures and supporting programmes, partnership and more investment in the private sector in lifelong learning and training programmes have also turned out to be important trends in Asia.
Source: Proceedings of the Policy Forum on Lifelong Learning - Policy and Vision. 47th SEAMEO Council Conference (SEAMEC 47). Hanoi. March 2013.