The term ‘lifelong learning’ is widely used in education but what does it really mean? Most adults have been busy accumulating wealth through various occupations to provide for their families and survive dismissing the pursuit of education. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a grave impact upon social, economic, political and educational institutions. Many working adults have lost their jobs or have been seeking to educate themselves after many years due to time gained at home during governmental lockdown initiatives. This study aims to understand how adult lifelong learning and distance learning can be improved through knowledge attained from the current COVID-19 pandemic. A framework is devised to help improve education for adults to continue learning with feasible distance learning strategies. A systematic review has been implemented in this study using a well-planned literature search. Comparisons have been made between the East and West focusing on India and England. The term lifelong learning has been explored and the stigma of age attached to learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has created a forced transition from dominant face-to-face learning to online learning, with implications discussed in this study which can be perceived as both positive and negative. However, it has added value to the culture of distance learning which will continue in the future through progressive globalisation.
Parin Somani, Gujarat University, India