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CSB: nearly half of adults are engaged in life-long learning

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2016 almost half or 47.5 % of Latvian adults aged 25–64 participated in formal and/or non-formal education, 36.7 % of whom did so in relation to their work. Last year, population participation in learning activities has grown notably – by 15.2 percentage points over the past five years.

Just like in previous years, in 2016 females participated in education and training more often than males (51.9 % and 42.7 %, respectively), according to data from data of the Adult Education Survey performed by Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

Nevertheless, the level of participation of males has increased over recent years, and since 2011 the share of males participating in life-long learning has grown by 15.8 percentage points, while that of females – by 14.6 percentage points.

In addition, more than a half of population aged 25–34 and 35–44 participated in adult education and training activities in 2016 – 56.9 % and 52.8 %, respectively.  Smaller share of adult education participants was observed within the age groups 45–54 (46.6 %) and 55–64 (34.1 %). Compared to 2011, participation in life-long learning has grown in each age group, with the highest increase in that of 25–34 years (of 18.9 percentage points) and the lowest in that of 55–64 years (of 14.4 percentage points).

Persons that had acquired higher education as well as employed persons were participating in adult education more commonly – 65.9 % and 55.7 %, respectively. Similar trend may be observed also in results of the previous surveys.

People that were willing, but did not participate in education and training, mentioned the following difficulties: cost: training was too expensive, could not afford (48.4 %), schedule: training conflicted with work schedule (42.2 %), and family responsibilities: lack of time due to family responsibilities (30.5 %). The main difficulty mentioned by males was schedule (44.3 %), whereas that indicated by females – cost (52.6 %). Respondents aged 25–54 admitted that main difficulties were related to the schedule, whereas people aged 55–64 admitted that were hindered by health or age and cost.

Life-long learning consists of formal and non-formal education, as well as informal learning. Out of the population aged 25–64, 4.4 % participated in formal education. Out of them, employed persons took the largest share (76.4 %), followed by the population aged 25–34 (64.8 %) and persons that had acquired higher education (52.0 %).

Significant place in the life-long learning is devoted to non-formal education. Out of the population aged 25–64, 45.7 % participated in non-formal education. The main reasons for participating in courses, conferences, workshops or seminars were to do job better and/or improve carrier prospects (89.2 %), to increase knowledge/skills on a subject that interests (71.4 %), and to get knowledge/skills useful in everyday life (70.9 %). Adult participation in non-formal education was mainly job-related (it was indicated by 77.3 % of the surveyed population).

Out of the population aged 25–64, 82.1 % participated in informal learning activities, which are not organised, are less structured and can take place almost anywhere: within the family, at work, acquiring information from mass media, books, museums, exhibitions and other social events, sharing experience with parents, friends, colleagues or taking their best practice. In the number of mentioned people, employed persons took the largest proportion (77.7 %), followed by the population aged 25–34 (26.7 %) and persons that had acquired secondary education (50.6 %).

Adult Education Survey is conducted once in five years in all European Union Member States based on a methodology developed by the Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat). The survey is aimed at acquiring comprehensive and internationally comparable information on Latvian adult population (aged 25–64) participating in life-long learning. The survey covered population aged 25–64 within the whole territory of Latvia, and 5,803 persons participated in the survey.

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