Learning – Throughout Life
Community learning report
The community learning report as a new means of monitoring regional education in Germany
The concept of a community learning report was developed at the initiative of the Bertelsmann Stiftung in close cooperation with the pilot community, the city of Bielefeld. It is based on UNESCO’s four-pillar model of lifelong learning (Delors Report).
This concept provides the theoretical and practical basis for a community learning report: In particular, it is a foundation for selecting the content to be included in the report and places that content in a systematic framework of quantitative (indicators) and qualitative sections.
In the interest of widespread use of this concept at the community level, i.e. in Germany’s districts, autonomous cities and cities within districts, the draft concept was discussed at several workshops with scientific experts and representatives of relevant regional bodies. We would like to thank all participants for their valuable input.
The concept of a community learning report is not to be confused with the regional learning index (German Learning Atlas 2011) that has been developed by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. The latter is a compact composite index that summarizes the state of education in Germany’s communities.
The community learning report, for its part, draws on insights gained over the past few years into the importance of an independent tool for monitoring education at the community level. This tool provides for an ongoing, data-based observational process to shed light on the education that takes place in communities, and is intended as a basis for discussing goals and arriving at policy decisions. Link to the city of Bielefeld