Brunei Darussalam has invested in lifelong learning with a whole-of-nation approach – with active engagement from all stakeholders, inter-ministerial collaborations and partnership between public and private sector – particularly in promoting accessibility.
This was said by Minister of Education Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah binti Haji Mohd Salleh. She said this in a statement on ‘National Policies on Lifelong Learning: Achievement, Challenges and Recommendation’ at a workshop on National Policies on Lifelong Learning toward Sustainability in Southeast Asia as part of the Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII). It was organised by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and held virtually on June 16.
The minister highlighted that as a result of collaborative efforts between the ministries, public and private sector, ‘SkillsPlus’, an initiative under the Learn and Grow Programme supported by the Lifelong Learning Centre (L3 Centre), Ministry of Education (MoE) was launched. It provides funding assistance to local jobseekers and local employees in the private sector for upskilling and reskilling. It also offers funding assistance to continue learning and training in which this initiative has helped more than 490 individuals in upskilling and reskilling to meet the needs of industry and service sectors of the economy.
Datin Seri Paduka Dr Hajah Romaizah also emphasised her belief in how good governance and regional collaborations can ensure that no lifelong learner is left behind and the region can be developed in a sustainable manner.