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Developing an adult education master’s programme in Morocco and Tunisia

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21 January 2020

On 16 January 2020, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) hosted a high-level seminar on developing a master’s programme on adult education in Morocco, against the background of a similar initiative in Tunisia. Eight high-level officials from government and academic institutions in Morocco and Tunisia took part, including the President of the University of Fez (Morocco), the Director of the National Agency to Fight Illiteracy (Morocco), the Dean of the Education Faculty of the University Mohamed V in Rabat (Morocco), the Director of the National Center for Adult Education (Tunisia), and the Director of the College for Education and Training (Tunisia).

UIL facilitated the exchange and is contributing to defining the aims and scope of the programme. The University of Hamburg shared its experience of delivering a successful master’s course on lifelong learning, while DVV International lent its substantial experience in the field of adult education.

Benefitting from UIL’s advice, the master’s programmes will contribute to the professionalization of the adult education sector in both countries. Mr Abdessamih Mahmoud, Director of the National Agency to Fight Illiteracy in Morocco, commented: “What is most important is that this master’s programme plays a central role for the sustainable development of Morocco.”

The visit of the delegations of Morocco and Tunisia was part of a wider partnership of UIL with the two countries and DVV International. Other joint activities under discussion included UNESCO’s next International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII), to be hosted by Morocco, in Marrakesh, in 2022.

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