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Lifelong learning (LLL)

The concept of learning as a process that continues throughout life to address an individual’s learning needs. The term is used widely in adult education to refer to learning processes in many forms and at many levels.

Any learning activity undertaken throughout life in a formal, non-formal or informal setting, which results in improving knowledge, know-how, skills, competences and qualifications for personal, social or professional reasons.

Cedefop, Glossary. Terminology of European education and training policy, (accessed 03/2023)

The process of acquiring knowledge or skills throughout life via education, training, work and general life experiences.

NCVER (Australia), VOCEDplus: Glossary of VET, (accessed 12/2022)

All learning activity undertaken throughout life, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and/or qualifications for personal, social and/or professional reasons.

UNESCO-UNEVOC/NCVER, TVET glossary: some key terms, 2009

(Lifelong learning and training) A process that encompasses all learning and training activities undertaken throughout life for the development of competencies and qualifications.

ILO, Glossary of Key Terms on Learning and Training for Work, 2006

Learning that takes place in all contexts in life - formally, nonformally and informally. It includes learning behaviours and obtaining knowledge; understanding; attitudes; values and competences for personal growth, social and economic well-being, democratic citizenship, cultural identity and employability.

SAQA (South Africa), TVET Standard Glossary of Terms, 2013

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