dgvt family photo 20.4.2015resized‘The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.’ With this quote by American writer Alvin Toffler, Dr Juris Binde, President of Latvijas Monilais Telefons Ltd, ended his speech at the meeting of Directors General for vocational education and training (DGVT), hosted by the Latvian EU Presidency in Riga (20-21 April).

Modern technologies and their future developments allow ample opportunities for self-directed and peer-to-peer learning. Making the case for a new vision of learning, Mr Binde advocated ‘pancake’ instead of ‘cathedral’ learning: building up experience is still valid, but needs to be combined with information and experience from different areas.

Building on these messages, the DGVT concluded that ministers should reflect on the future of vocational education and training (VET) at a meeting in Riga on 22 June discussing Presidency conclusions on a new set of priority areas for countries’ joint work on VET until 2020. Industry 4.0 more generally or internationalisation and technology which offer new opportunities to acquire qualifications around the globe are just a few examples of developments that will influence VET.

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