The National Lifelong Learning Strategy for the 2021-2027 period, has been developed in collaboration with ministries and governmental and non-governmental bodies. It is expected that the Strategy will serve as the means to target significant benchmarks, such as the adult participation in lifelong learning and the high percentage of unemployment among young people.
For the elaboration, monitoring and evaluation of the Strategy for the years 2021-2027 of the Republic of Cyprus, collaborations were developed with Directorates, Services and Departments of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MoECSY), as well as with the members of the National and the Technical Committee for Lifelong Learning. The members of the two Committees were approved by a Decision of the Council of Ministers in May 2020 (Decision No.: 89.482, date: 27/5/2020). It is noted that the elaboration and monitoring of the National Lifelong Learning Strategy 2021-2027 receives support from the Directorate-General for Structural Reform Support of the European Commission (DG REFORM), which finances the relevant project. The development of the Strategy and the Action Plan for its monitoring is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
The Cyprus Lifelong Learning Strategy (CY LLLS) for the years 2021-27 aims to assist national agencies and other bodies in Cyprus reaching the EU targets at the relevant fields. Specifically, the strategy aims to face challenges, such as the low participation of adults in lifelong learning which remains below the EU average. Moreover, it is expected that the new Lifelong Learning Strategy will enhance the efforts of upskilling and reskilling of low qualified and low-skilled adults and address the quite high percentage of unemployment among young people. Finally, the Lifelong Learning Strategy is expected to benefit other groups such as early school leavers and migrants/refugees. The implementation of a variety of learning opportunities is foreseen to enrich knowledge, skills and competences for personal development and economic well-being of the aforementioned target groups and to better respond to the challenges related to the promotion of lifelong learning and adult education at the Republic of Cyprus.