Back-to-school angst isn’t merely for children. Several Nordic countries are now debating a proposal to send them back to school, to keep up senior citizens with the times.
“To prepare for tomorrow we need to think out of the box,” writes Nordic Council rapporteur Poul Nielson. This is with regards to the future of work in Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, the Faroe Islands, Sweden, Greenland and Aaland. In order to stay aggressive in the global market, his proposal describes a plan for mandatory adult training and continuing education in the region.
A startling point in Nielson’s suggestion is the word “mandatory.” He hopes to make constant education compulsory for all, and to assemble it into the routine career cycle of workers that are Nordic.
“The blend of fast technological development with the slow increase in retirement age increases the need for new kinds of education,” the 73-year-old Danish politician clarified to EU Observer:
It is not a huge problem for the very well-educated. But with a rising pension age, people approaching 60-65 years—who still have 5–10 years more on the labour market—they should have the opportunity to refresh their skills seriously. And as a new mandatory right.