Leadership

Moving From Education Systems to Learning Societies

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Executive Summary

In the future, learning will become even more important to every part of global society. Advanced skills are the foundation of the ability to innovate, to drive economic growth, to improve the societies, and to address the environmental challenges of the 21st century. To meet this demand, learning needs to be personal, flexible, and lifelong. As a result, one must conceive of learning as an activity, not a place. And learning systems need to spread far beyond schools and universities, to become wide open to new people with new ideas, and to involve learners and parents as contributors as well as customers. Although formal education systems will remain important, building more schools and more universities will not be enough to meet these new demands.

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