Organized by four Arab adult learning and education (ALE) networks in cooperation with the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (DVV) and the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), the seminar ‘Adult Education: Readings in the Failure and the Prospects for Renewal in the Arab World’ will take place from 1st to 4th October in Amman, Jordan. The seminar will provide an opportunity for ALE policymakers, practitioners and researchers from ten Arab States to discuss ALE-related issues currently facing the region, including adult literacy, gender equity and global citizenship education, and to explore opportunities for stronger inter-sectoral cooperation. Participants will also discuss how the UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (2015) can be applied in the region, particular with a view to implementing the recommendations made in the Belém Framework for Action (2009).
In addition, the seminar will see the regional launch of third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III). This flagship publication of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) draws on monitoring surveys completed by 139 UNESCO Member States to develop a differentiated picture of the global state of ALE. GRALE III reflects an inter-sectoral approach to lifelong learning by examining the impact of ALE on three major areas: health and well-being; employment and the labour market; and social, civic and community life. It provides policymakers, researchers and practitioners with compelling evidence of the wider benefits of ALE across all of these areas. In so doing, it emphasizes the important role that ALE will play in realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The regional launch of GRALE III in Amman will give participants an opportunity to examine the implications of the report’s findings for the Arab States. There will also be launches in the other UNESCO regions.