Details of the response can be seen here.

The ECA has submitted a response to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) ‘Measuring National Wellbeing’ Consultation.

The consultation aims to find out from across the UK what makes our lives worthwhile and what things improve or detract from our national wellbeing. The responses made will help NOS to develop new measures of national wellbeing which will include economic performance and social progress, including the impact on the environment.

The ECA response highlights the positive impact that lifelong learning can have on most, if not all, the factors listed within the consultation questions. It states that learning can enable individuals to develop the resilience to cope with life shocks and dramatic changes, without which a decrease in wellbeing may be felt. The response draws on evidence from the Foresight Mental Capital and Wellbeing project to which the ECA was an active contributor, the Inquiry into the Future of Lifelong Learning, in particular the thematic paper ‘Wellbeing and Happiness’ written by the ECA Past President John Field, The Learning Revolution White Paper and research carried out by the New Economics Foundation (NEF) Centre for Wellbeing. It also draws on examples of work that the Association has carried out or been involved in that have a direct link with factors that are addressed in the consultation.

The Association feels that the emphasis on ‘education’ rather than learning is misplaced and that it is the ‘ability to learn’ and to understand and manage your own learning that effectively touches all aspects of life.

The response recognises the enhancement to wellbeing that access to cultural assets and activities makes. It also states that safe, comfortable and permanent homes within stable communities are fundamental to a sense of wellbeing. To read an extract of the submission please click here.

Date Added: April 18th 2011