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Although lifelong learning is crucial for participation in society, social cohesion and economic prosperity, in many respects Germany still has a long way to go in this area. The importance of lifelong learning is not adequately recognized in the formal educational system, and there is a lack of organizational and financial support.

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Looking at learning in a holistic way

Working closely together, education experts at the Sociological Research Institute (SOFI) of the University of Göttingen and practitioners in the field of community education policy have developed a concept for a community learning report, a community-level instrument for monitoring education. In accordance with UNESCO’s recommendations, the report focuses on four dimensions: school-based, vocational, social and personal learning. This allows for a systematic examination of every phase of life, and also takes informal learning into account. It provides a foundation for developing the community-level educational landscape in a systematic way.

 A holistic view of learning – How a community learning report can shed light on lifelong and lifewide learning: A concept for a community learning report (1.5 MB)

A concept for a community learning report: List of indicators

This list of indicators is a supplement to the concept for the community learning report. The 50 indicators and their properties are presented according to a standardized system.

Community learning report: List of indicators (1023 KB)

Bielefeld Learning Report

Bielefeld was the first community to use this concept for developing a learning report, which demonstrated the concept’s practical feasibility. Herewith starts at the local level, with a systematic report on the local educational situation that shows current developments, problem areas and where action is needed.

Education office of the city of Bielefeld Bielefeld Learning Report (3.9 MB)

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