Study on lifelong learning to be completed soon
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
RESEARCH on improving lifelong learning courses in the country being conducted by the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE) along with Universiti Brunei Darussalam and other regional agencies is set to be completed by the year’s end.
Speaking to The Brunei Times on the sidelines of UBD Convo Run & Cycle 2016, IBTE’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Chin Wei Keh, said the research was being conducted as part of a regional effort to find out the specific human resource training needs of school leavers in each ASEAN country.
“We’re still in the process of collecting data, so once the report is ready, we would need to get the endorsement before we can share the results with the public, which is most likely to happen by the end of this year,” he said.
He said the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL) initiated this project to understand what infrastructure and institutions are currently in place to carry out lifelong learning.
“The research is basically about finding out the baseline for lifelong learning in ASEAN countries and is part of ASEAN moving towards greater integration and connectivity,” he said.
“Lifelong learning is all about out of school education. From some of the meetings I’ve attended, it’s clear that different countries have different focuses on how they want to conduct lifelong learning,” he said.
He said Brunei’s focus would likely be largely based on the need to upgrade the skills of working-age adults.
“In Brunei, we’re fortunate to have such a strong formal education system. Other countries however have a lot of school dropouts, which means their education after dropping out would need to be carried out in an informal setting,” he said.
“Here in Brunei, it would normally be about how to upgrade the skills of working adults, so the focus for the entire research is very complex depending on the focus of the nation. But Brunei would be more focused on how to improve adults’ skill-sets.”
Dr Chin said the research is being done in collaboration with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) which met earlier this month with SEAMEO CELLL.
The Brunei Times