Global report on adult learning and education: executive summary

  • September 2009

This first-ever Global Report on Adult Learning and Education is based on 154 National Reports submitted by UNESCO Member States on the state of adult learning and education, five Regional Synthesis Reports and secondary literature. Its purpose is to provide an overview of the trends in adult learning and education as well as identify key challenges. It is intended to be used as a reference document and an advocacy tool, as well as input to CONFINTEA VI.

The Report is organised into six chapters which address key issues. Chapter 1 examines how adult education is considered in the international educational and development policy agenda. It indicates the need to situate adult education within a lifelong learning perspective and adopt a capability approach. Chapter 2 presents developments in policy and governance while Chapter 3 describes the range of provision of adult education and offers a typology for understanding the variety of provision in the sector. Chapter 4 reviews patterns of participation and access to adult education while Chapter 5 deals with quality in adult education. Chapter 6 appraises the current state of the financing of adult education. A concluding section provides an overview of trends and challenges.

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  • Author/Editor: UIL
  • Global report on adult learning and education: executive summary
  • UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2009
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