Everyone agrees that learning is a lifelong endeavour and that education should not stop after school. So what can we do to promote adult learning and education (ALE) in sub-Saharan Africa? And which specific challenges does the region face in improving its ALE policies and practices?
These questions lie at the heart of the forthcoming Sub-Saharan African (SSA) launch of the third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III), which will take place on 14 November 2016 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
GRALE III, published by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), examines the state of ALE around the world. Drawing on a survey of 139 countries, including 33 from Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the report finds that progress has been mixed since countries pledged to improve ALE at the 2009 International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI), detailed in the Belém Framework for Action. For example, although 78% of survey countries in SSA have reported improvements in ALE policy since 2009, many countries say that funding for ALE has decreased during the same period. SSA also suffers from high rates of adult illiteracy, with women affected disproportionately.
The launch will be held as part of the 2016 ICAE Academy of Lifelong Learning Advocacy (IALLA), which will bring together current and future leaders in ALE policy and practice. IALLA is organized regularly by the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and helps strengthen knowledge, advocacy skills and collaborations among ALE policy makers, activists and practitioners.
UIL experts Werner Mauch and Angela Owusu-Boampong will present the main findings of GRALE III, focusing on survey results, data and case examples from the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. They will also share compelling evidence on the value that ALE can bring in three major policy domains: health and well-being; employment and the labour market; and social, civic and community life.
They will also present the major features of the 2015 UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education and discuss how ALE fits into the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UIL is delighted to partner with ICAE and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) on this important regional event. The global launch of GRALE III was held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on International Literacy Day (8 September 2016). The Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) launch is part of a series of regional events to help promote ALE and highlight its important place in the 2030 Agenda.