Singapore government launches initiative to inspire lifelong learning

by L&D25 Nov 2015
Significant learning initiatives have been introduced to foster a culture of lifelong learning among Singaporeans.

They were unveiled by the Lifelong Learning Council with the help of the Workforce Development Agency (WDA), and they support the SkillsFuture movement.

The initiatives feature a new web and mobile responsive Learning-on-the-Go gateway which has been delivered in an attempt to make learning more readily available. 

This includes a wide range of work and life skills learning modules, including improving workplace skills through practice, and CPR for life-saving skills.

The small modules take a micro-learning approach to make learning on the go easier and more fun.

Moreover, a $3million LearnSG Seed Fund has been made available for organisations, individuals and community groups to propose learning initiatives for funding. Applications will be open from January 2016 onwards.

Tan Kay Yong, Chairman of the Lifelong Learning Council, said a lot of hard work had gone into developing the initiatives to make them inclusive and effective.

“The Lifelong Learning Council’s vision is to build a nation that embraces lifelong learning as a habit so that individuals can lead purposeful and productive lives,” he said.

“We recognise that this requires close partnership with community groups, the private sector and individuals. Therefore, we adopted an inclusive approach in listening to individuals from various segments to develop our lifelong learning initiatives so as to support the SkillsFuture thrust of fostering a culture that supports lifelong learning.”  

Additionally, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been checking out Singapore’s learning initiatives.

Modi is currently visiting Singapore and spent his time yesterday at the skills development training centre known as the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

Modi was accompanied on his visit by the Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. When the two leaders had a lunch banquet, Modi described Singapore as Asia’s economic lion and a significant partner in India’s transformation.