CONFINTEA+6: International seminar in Brazil evaluates ALE developments in Latin America and the Caribbean

28 April 2016

An international seminar on lifelong learning was held in Brasilia (Brazil) from 25 to 27 April 2016, with the aim of evaluating and reviewing the progress of the implementation of the Belém Framework for Action, which was adopted by the sixth International Conference on Adult Learning and Education in 2009 (CONFINTEA VI). The seminar was organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Education UNESCO, in cooperation with the UNESCO Office in Brazil (UBO), the Organization of Iberoamerican States for Education, Science and Culture (OEI), and UIL.

At the opening ceremony, Brazil’s Minister of Education, Mr Aloizio Mercadante, reiterated the country’s commitment to provide lifelong learning opportunities for all and stated that the new national policy being implemented focuses on practical solutions for developing the skills of youth and adults, in order to ensure that formal and non-formal components of the education system complement each other.

The Director of UIL, Mr Arne Carlsen, highlighted the region’s achievements in adult learning and education (ALE) as reflected in the forthcoming Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III) with its focus on the benefits of ALE for health and well-being, employability and the labour market, and social and community development.

The international seminar was attended by 611 participants representing governmental and non-governmental institutions from 25 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. The participants reviewed educational actions carried out so far, identifying relevant components that could further support the construction of effective and consistent measures to implement the commitments made at CONFINTEA VI.