DEA published The Global Learning Challenge: Strengthening global perspectives in lifelong learning in 2002. It presented the case for integrating global perspectives throughout all lifelong learning.
Progress has been made, the debate has moved on and global perspectives are more widely included in education and training programmes. The skills debate is back on the agenda with the Leitch Review, but the debate has been framed too narrowly. The current challenges are to deepen the level of critical enquiry and to move from increased awareness to action for change.
This thinkpiece seeks to trigger, inform and influence the debate about the future direction of lifelong learning. This is a dialogue in which all stakeholders in lifelong learning should engage and in which the DEA, its members and partners in adult learning have a major role to play.