Why a Lifelong Learning Website?
Lifelong learning helps individuals to become fully engaged in their family life, their community and the economy. Canadian Council on Learning research confirms this fact in its Report on Learning in Canada 2008:
Canadian adults of all backgrounds, regardless of educational attainment, are experiencing and will continue to experience the demands of the new economy in their working and home lives. Increasingly, adults need to be continuous learners, able to identify and access the learning they need to succeed in the new economy and to achieve their personal goals and aspirations. (Source: Canadian Council on Learning, “State of Learning in Canada: Toward a Learning Future”, Report on Learning in Canada 2008 [Ottawa 2008], page 106).
Literacy practitioners in Ontario have always been involved in ongoing professional development and lifelong learning. In fact, when the Government Plan for Adult Literacy was announced in 1986, the first two jobs identified for literacy coordinators were setting up new community programs and developing practitioner training (Source: Professional Development Pathways in Ontario workshop, held by Community Literacy of Ontario at the Council of Ministers of Education Canada Conference, 2008).
Therefore, since literacy programming first began, practitioner training has been an essential component. As a result of this emphasis, many valuable resources have been developed and continue to be developed. You can view a sampling of literacy practitioner training resources on the LLLP website under our Resources section. So why is there a need for a lifelong learning website?