LEARNING should not be restricted to any age group or educational institution, Boe Ako says.
The PhD student at James Cook University said everyone, regardless of age and gender, must be motivated to learn and encouraged to contribute to learning.
“Learning should not be restricted to formal educational institutions, but should be encouraged at home, at work or in the wider community,” he said.
“Such an understanding will indicate a shift in accountability to the individual person from the formal structure to the world of work and civil divisions of society.”
Ako said the process of an individual’s learning should start from childhood to retirement to allow the individual to acquire all skills and knowledge he will require in life.
He said PNG society needed to become more adaptable and responsive to globalisation by implementing life-long learning practices.
“The individual is at the centre of a lifelong learning system, and the understanding of lifelong learning depends on the ability and enthusiasm of that person to take care of his or her own learning,” he said.
Ako said universities had a vital role in making this change.
“Higher institutions need to change their current policies to develop lifelong learners through changes incorporated in the approaches to learning and teaching,” he said.
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