The Global Commitment to Adult Learning and Education

Global leaders know that people of all ages need opportunities to learn and acquire new skills. Adult learning and education (ALE) can help countries tackle their economic, social, political, cultural and environmental challenges. The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) helps forge global commitments to improve ALE. It also monitors progress and guides countries in putting their commitments into practice.

The global commitment to ALE is stronger than ever

Since 2009, countries have committed to strengthen ALE in a series of landmark international agreements:

Monitoring progress and promoting dialogue on ALE

In accordance with its mandate, UIL helps monitor and promote progress in implementing the above commitments.

  • The regular Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) takes stock of progress in strengthening ALE, drawing on national reports, robust analysis and latest data.
  • UIL prepares, organizes and follows up on the International Conferences on Adult Education (known as ‘CONFINTEA’), six of which have been organized since 1949. In 2009, CONFINTEA VI brought together more than 1,000 participants from 144 countries.
  • Since CONFINTEA VI (Brazil, 2009), a series of regional events has highlighted challenges, opportunities and initiatives, and forged commitments in each of UNESCO’s regions.
  • At the national level, the CONFINTEA fellowship and scholarship programmes help strengthen capacity, knowledge and networks among national ALE policy-makers, practitioners, activists and researchers.