Sunday, May 29, 2016

About Lifelong Learning

By Oliver Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief

In the fairly recent white papers released by the Department of Education and Science in Dublin and the Commission of the European Communities, lifelong learning, a concept introduced in Denmark in the early '70s, pertains to the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons.” These studies also state that lifelong learning, which could be in the form of e-learning in front of your computer or continuing education at a traditional school, “not only enhances social inclusion, active citizenship, and personal development, but also self-sustainability, as well as competitiveness and employability.”

I couldn't agree more. I myself advocate for lifelong learning for both personal and professional development. In this fast moving world, things change in a blink of an eye! In class at New York University (NYU), I've learned that years before the rise of the Internet and social media, manufacturing companies such as Nestle, Procter & Gamble, and Johnson & Johnson marketed their brands to their customers based on the former's own agendas and ideologies. However, with the wide influence and effect of social media, tables are turned. Nowadays, it's the customers on social media that are molding the image of many brands. A single tweet from an angry customer, for instance, could go viral and may hurt the brand's image if handled inefficiently and lacked empathy from the brand owners.

As you go through life, you'll realize that there's so much you still don't understand; such could set a precedent for future or lifelong learning.

NYU nurse educator Laura Garcia, who graces our cover in this issue, exemplifies how lifelong learning is important in someone's personal life and career. “Education makes a difference,” Laura explains. “For many years, researchers, practice leaders, and policymakers have recognized that the quality of education makes a significant difference in the level of proficiency in the nursing practice. Nursing education is also associated with patient safety and quality of care.” Read more on pages 10-12.

In this issue, we'd also like to give a fitting send-off to our beloved Consul General Mario De Leon Jr. who has announced that he will end his tour of duty at the Philippine Consulate General New York (PCGNY) on June 30, 2016. ConGen Mario, we're truly grateful for your commitment and dedication to encouraging various Filipino-American (Fil-Am) organizations in the New York Tri-State to leave their indifferences, stubbornness at the door in order to work more harmoniously together.

Thank you, as well, for your unflagging support to our publishers at Fil-Am Who's Who and to all other Fil-Am media groups.

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