Furthering Lifelong Learning to Navigate through the New Normal – A Small Island State Perspective

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2022-09
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Roopchund, Ourvashee
Mohee, Romeela
Durbarry, Anjusha
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Fostering Lifelong Learning // The COVID-19 pandemic has caused major disruptions to Higher Education Systems worldwide and Mauritius, a small island state, had to ensure that its people continue learning to navigate through the new normal. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology entered into an agreement with the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) to secure scholarships under the ‘COL_Skills for Work Scholarship’, over the next 3 years. This timely initiative aims to close the skills gap of in-demand and high-demand jobs. Data from the first cohort reveals more than 50 % of learners completed their courses. A survey is underway to gauge the benefits accrued through the scheme by 1500 learners in terms of unlocking their potential to face changes in their workplace, building employability skills and personal development as well as to investigate its impact on the livelihood of people in the island. The study will be used as a basis to create strategic directions towards lifelong learning in a small island state and will also give invaluable insights into how education can be tailored made to create a talent economy, assisting higher education institutions to reinvent their learnings to meet the new needs of the economy. // Paper ID 7948
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Small Island, online education, Lifelong learning, Employability Skills, Skills for Work
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Mauritius
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Africa
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