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Inquiry help needed

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The Inquiry into the Future for Lifelong Learning, sponsored by NIACE, is putting out a public call for evidence on lifelong learning and sustainable development.

The closing date for individuals and organisations to submit written evidence to the inquiry is 7 August 2008.

Tom Schuller, director of the inquiry, comments: “As citizens almost all of us are aware that sustainable development poses huge challenges. However, many of us are baffled by the complexities of the issues.

“This is an absolutely crucial area where lifelong learning can counter people’s feelings of powerlessness. But there remain many questions about how such learning opportunities should be developed and delivered, as well as their content.

“This is an area where we need a lot of work quickly to establish who should have responsibility for what, and this is exactly what the inquiry will address.”
The Inquiry invites submissions that address the following questions:


  • What does the evidence tell us about the relationship between lifelong learning and sustainable development?

  • Where are the gaps in evidence in relation to this theme?

  • What key messages for the Inquiry we should extract?

And in particular

  • What are the core generic skills that we need for a sustainable society?

  • What are the most effective forms of education for achieving sustainable development?

  • How can we ensure that there is a strong global dimension in lifelong learning, linked visibly to local concerns?

  • What kinds of infrastructural developments are needed to strengthen the part lifelong learning plays in promoting sustainable development?

Evidence to the Inquiry should be submitted to: IFLL, 21 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GE or email: [email protected]. If you do not wish your evidence to be made public, please state this clearly at the start of your submission.

More information can be found here.

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