Lifelong Learning


“Opsimathy” from the Greek opsimathia “learning late in life”.

The word is derived from the Greek ὀψέ (opsé), meaning ‘late’ and μανθάνω (manthánō), meaning ‘learn’.

An “Opsimath” is a person who begins, or continues, to study or learn late in life.

“Lifelong Learning” is the ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. Therefore, it not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development, but also competitiveness and employability.

The term recognises that learning is not confined to childhood or the classroom but takes place throughout life and in a range of situations. Learning can no longer be divided into a place and time to acquire knowledge (school) and a place and time to apply the knowledge acquired (the workplace). Instead, learning can be seen as something that takes place on an on-going basis from our daily interactions with others and with the world around us.

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