Education is a human right issue for both personal enrichment and development. The Namibian Constitution made a provision for all people to have access to education. This is also supported by goal 4 for Sustainable Development Goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Goal 4 aim to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Today's world is ever changing rapidly, in terms of social, economic, political and digital connectivity and usage. The changes requires individuals to adapt and adopt by acquiring relevant new knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies in a wide range of settings to remain relevant and unlimited. Lifelong learning opportunities would enable the acquisition of such relevant new knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies, for individuals to meet life's challenges, remaining relevant and sustain their lives, communities and societies in this digital world.
According to Toffler (1970) "the illustrators of the 21st century will not be those who can not read and write, but those who can not learn, unlearn and relearn". Lifelong learning is about learning, unlearning and relearning through acquiring and updating all kinds of abilities, interests, knowledge and qualifications from the pre-school years to post retirement.
Learning means the acquisition of knowledge or skills through study, experience, or being taught. Unlearning is seen as deleting and replacing obsolete knowledge. Relearning means learn material that has been previously learned and then forgotten. Lifelong learning activities promote the development of knowledge and competencies that will enable adaptations to knowledge-based societies, while at the same time valuing all forms of learning. Lifelong learning (LL) is there an indicative guiding principle of educational development.
The commonly understood definition of lifelong learning is' all learning undertaken through life which is on-going, voluntary and self-motivated in the pursuit of knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies for either personal or professional reasons.
What is Lifelong Learning?
The provision of learning through formal, informal and non-formal learning opportunities through people's lives with the purpose of fostering continuous development and improvement of knowledge and skills needed for employment, community service and / or personal fulfillment. As could be deduced from this definition, lifelong learning is all-encompassing and integral to the vision of a knowledge-based economy and / or society. Lifelong learning can enhance our understanding of the world around us, provide us with more and better opportunities and improve our quality of life.
Types / categories of lifelong learning learners
• Skill-seeking – Learners who need to attain new or improved skills for the purpose of bettering themselves and be able to solve the challenges they face (or meet in the future) in their lives.
• Problem-centred – Learners who only want to learn specific skills needed to deal with a specific problem that they have encountered or may encounter in their particular life situations.
• Task-centred – Learners who only want to concentrate on tasks directed towards reaching certain specific goals or solving a specific problem.
• Life-centred – Learners with great experience background and faced with …