The current widespread doxa of lifelong and lifewide learning has caught up in several countries, especially European ones, and gives prominence to adult education to the extent that the terms lifelong learning and adult education are often erroneously used interchangeably . In this paper, Prof Peter Mayo shall take a look at the situation concerning adult continuing education in one of the world’s smallest countries that is also one of the most recent EU members. This is the Republic of Malta, the country where the author was born and bred and where he have carried out most of his adult education work. Malta has not been immune to the above discourse both when promoted by UNESCO as ‘lifelong education,’ with little effect on policy making in this country, as elsewhere, and particularly in more recent years. These years were characterised by the build up to this country’s joining the EU and its initial years as a member state.
Is-Sibt, 21 Lulju, 2012
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