Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service


The Statistical Service announces that it has published the report ΄Lifelong Learning in Cyprus΄, 2003. The report presents the results of the survey on lifelong learning, which was part of the household based Labour Force Survey of 2003. It provides detailed information regarding the participation of the population of Cyprus aged 15 and over in formal education, non-formal education and informal learning activities.

The survey was conducted during April-June 2003 and the reference period was 12 months prior to the interview.

The main findings of the survey are summarized as follows:

· 26,4% of the population age 15 and over was participating in education or training (formal or non-formal education).

· 11,1% was participating in formal education.

· 21,6% was participating in non-formal education.

· 26,2% used at least one method of informal learning.

· Female participation in non-formal education (22,5%) is higher than male participation (20,5%).

· Male participation in informal learning activities (28,7%) is higher than female participation (24,0%).

· Those with tertiary level as their highest educational attainment have much higher participation rates in non-formal education (43,3%) and in informal learning activities (64,3%).

· 68,9% of those in the ages 15-19 participate in non-formal education.

· The highest participation in informal learning activities is among those in the age groups 20-29 and 30-39 with 37,4% and 36,6% respectively.

· The participation in non-formal education and in informal learning activities of the population aged 15 and over is highest among the employed population, with 24,7% and 33,6% respectively.

· Among the employed population the ‘Professionals’ have the highest participation in non-formal education (57,0%) and in informal learning activities (78,3%).

This report is available from the Statistical Service in the English language and is also available in electronic form on the website of the Statistical Service.

Definitions and terms used

Lifelong learning: Refers to all learning activities undertaken throughout the life of an individual, with the aim of improving knowledge, skills and competences, within a personal, civic, social or employment related context. This particularly addresses formal and non formal education and training activities, as well as informal learning.

Formal education: Refers to the learning activities that take place within the regular educational system. This system includes the educational institutions, public and private (schools, colleges, university) that offer organized and systematic education which lead to the certification of diplomas recognized by the Ministry of Education and Culture.

Non-formal education: Refers to the learning activities which take place outside the regular educational system but are organized and involve teaching. These can be of short or long duration and usually the participant should enroll in order to participate. These activities could be in the form of courses, seminars, conferences, private lessons, adult education programmes, apprenticeship schemes and many more.

Informal learning activities: Refer to the self-taught learning activities which are not part of a taught activity or programme of studies. There is no teacher, school or institution directly involved.

Education or training: Refers to the participation in formal education or in non-formal education. This is usually referred to as the lifelong learning (LLL) indicator.

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