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“Creativity has always been an admired personal characteristic but now it is becoming an important objective also in lifelong learning.
The knowledge society demands people with better education and abilities to work with ideas.”
European Training Foundation
The BNHRE Center for Creativity and Innovation in HRE seeks to adapt or extend the popular understanding of creativity in an attempt to facilitate the development of lifelong learning.
In its philosophy, the Center “CREINHRE” considers Deleuze's thought concerning the principles of association and passion as useful in illuminating the formation of pedagogical practices that encourage creativity, which could assist in the effective development of lifelong learning practices. The need to integrate creativity and innovation into lifelong learning requires the lifelong learning curricula to be reshaped so that learners become confident individuals and active citizens capable of creating new ideas in their communities and societies. The benefits of creativity are being increasingly recognised. It is related to improved motivation, self-esteem and, thereby, learning achievement.
Other positive gains related to creativity in education include people becoming:
· more sensitive and open to new ideas;
· able to solve problems using alternative approaches and techniques; · more attracted to exploring and discovering things for themselves;
· more willing and able to cooperate with others;
· better learners.
The idea of creativity in relation to the development of lifelong learning practices tends more towards an emphasis on producing ideas meant to deal with unpredictability and contestability in a knowledge-based society.
Vision of the BNHRE Center “CREINHRE”:
o Learning is social; it occurs in interaction, together with others, debating and creatively changing social practices. Learner-centred education supports deep learning and creativity.
o Creativity is the prerequisite of innovation and it should, as Ken Robertson puts it, be treated in education with the same respect as literacy. o Education provides knowledge, skills and competences for innovation o Education and training can foster creativity which is the ultimate source of innovation o Partnerships and networks support innovation in education and training
o Creativity is about thinking and behaviour; combined with knowledge, skills and attitudes; requires open and supportive learning environment
o Creativity concerns all fields: Arts, Culture, Design, Science, Technology, Business... o All people have creative capacities o Creativity can be encouraged, supported and improved, but not imposed o Creativity should be a tool, a strategy to reach those objectives inherent in education: societal well-being through increasing understanding and improving societal cohesion and reducing social inequalities.
BNHRE Center “CREINHRE” is dedicated to:
- Building a culture of creativity and innovation in lifelong learning. - Building an organisational culture and a climate supporting openness and creativity, which are vital preconditions for a successful lifelong learning and innovation.
- Keeping up with the demands for deep and more personalised lifelong learning process, which are in line with the demand for creativeness. - Fostering demand-orientated partnerships in lifelong learning and working to improve the role of educational institutions in innovation systems.
- Contributing to the development of more innovative, creative and development-oriented education institution
BNHRE Center “CREINHRE” puts specific focus on:
o Lifelong learning programmes to those groups of people who are most disadvantaged, in particular young persons, women, especially those in rural situations and the elderly; o Lifelong learning programs to long-term unemployed people from a disadvantaged social background, people with special needs, young people who have been in re-education institutions and former prisoners; o Emphasises that knowledge and qualifications acquired through lifelong learning should be much broader and easily recognised.
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