International Literacy Day (ILD) is celebrated annually by countries and organizations across the globe in various ways. This year, stakeholders from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, together with other international experts, will mark ILD by sharing their experiences and best practices in implementing adult education. In a forum to be held in Issyk-Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan, from 7–9 September, these stakeholders will analyse trends and best practices in the development of community learning centres (CLCs), with the aim of building the capacities of CLCs to better deliver learning opportunities in urban and remote areas of the four countries.
There is great demand for CLCs in local communities in Central Asia, where they represent an important delivery mechanism for literacy teaching and learning, particularly in remote areas of the sub region. The forum aims to open up discussion on the status of CLCs and non-formal education in Central Asia among policy-makers and other decision-makers, experts and practitioners, and to strengthen cooperation between CLCs and other concerned agents, in order to revitalize and improve the quality of non-formal education in the above countries.
The event is organized by the UNESCO Almaty Office and DVV International, with support from the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), UNESCO Bangkok and the UNESCO Office in Tashkent. UIL will deliver a keynote based on its work with local communities and CLCs as drivers of sustainable development. Additionally, it will draw on its Policy Brief on Community-based learning for sustainable development. The Policy Brief has been published in English, French, Spanish and, most recently, Russian.