Where does your organization fit in the worldwide framework of learning?

I have asked myself that before, and now, after a bit of research, feel that we are on the right path through the global learning landscape.

During a recent reading of UNESCO’s Education 2030 Framework for Action draft report a couple of things jumped out at me to which I could relate.

And, although this report appears to be aimed more toward governments, NGOs, and similar groups, we have partnered with those groups in the past and likely will do so again thus I didn’t feel misguided in relating this to our company.

As I was reading the document it struck me that this initiative parallels Velsoft’s own vision to ‘reach every learner on the planet’.

Listed as the ‘Overarching goal’ is: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

Continuous learning is a laudable goal, whether it’s for personal growth or professional advancement, education is never a mistake.

The report put me in mind of a sale we made a few years ago to a company in Singapore. The HR manager I was dealing with told me that they planned on using the courses to educate residents of a nearby village in career skills. It made me feel good knowing that we were playing a small part in some people hopefully moving toward a better life.

Here’s a few highlights that I feel industry can look toward as a signpost to the future of learning as UNESCO sees it:

Towards 2030: a new vision for education

“We commit to promoting quality lifelong learning opportunities for all, in all settings and at all levels of education. This includes equitable and increased access to quality technical and vocational education and training and higher education and research, with due attention to quality assurance.”

Governance, accountability and partnerships

“The private sector, philanthropic organizations and foundations can play an important role, using their experience, innovative approaches, business expertise and financial resources to strengthen public education. They can contribute to education and development through multi-stakeholder partnerships, investment and contributions that are transparent, aligned with local and national priorities, respect education as a human right and do not increase inequality.”

Indicative strategies

“Therefore, beyond mastering work-specific skills, emphasis must be placed on developing high-level cognitive and non-cognitive/transferable skills, such as problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, teamwork, communication skills and conflict resolution, which can be used across a range of occupational fields. Moreover, learners should be provided with opportunities to update their skills continuously through lifelong learning.”

These points, I feel, give us positive reassurance that we are on the right track with our offerings and quest to solidify our place as corporate global citizens as well as providing a framework for further discussion. How do you feel your company stacks up?

We wholeheartedly endorse this report and the aims contained therein. Kudos to UNESCO for taking this stand.