Experts in adult learning and education (ALE) from across the Latin American and Caribbean region will meet in Brasília, Brazil, to take stock of ALE and discuss the findings of the Third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III), published by the UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) in 2016.
GRALE III reveals mixed progress in implementing the 2009 Belém Framework for Action, an agreement by 144 countries to improve ALE policies, governance, financing, participation and quality. The report, which includes survey data from 24 countries in the LAC region, finds that:
- 83% of responding LAC countries have made significant progress since 2009 in strengthening political commitment.
- 61% reported that spending on ALE as a proportion of total spending on education increased between 2009 and 2014, while only 9% reported that education spending on ALE decreased over the same period.
- Countries increasingly recognise the value of ALE across sectors: 91% of countries in LAC report that inter-ministerial coordination has become stronger since 2009.
GRALE III shows that ALE yields significant benefits across a range of fields. Many countries reported increasing evidence that ALE has a positive impact on health and well-being, employment and the labour market, and social, civic and community life. UIL is delighted to collaborate on this event with the National Institute of Education Studies and Research (INEP), the UNESCO Brasília Office and the Regional UNESCO Office in Santiago de Chile (OREALC).
This is part of a series of events leading to a major global conference on ALE in Suwon, Republic of Korea, on 25-27 October 2017. The aim is to build knowledge and consensus on the future of ALE in light of new global commitments such as the UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.