Literacy is a fundamental human right. It is also the foundation for lifelong learning and an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Yet improving adult literacy rates remains a challenge in many regions of the world – including in the Arab States, where an estimated 22 per cent of adult learners lack basic literacy skills. To address this, leading international and regional experts on adult literacy will meet in Cairo, Egypt, from 16 to 18 May 2017, to formulate a new vision for literacy and adult learning and education for the Arab region.
These participating experts will:
- finalize the proposed strategy to increase the capacity of the Sirs El Layann Centre, a UNESCO Category II Regional Centre for Adult Education in Menoufia, Egypt, to act as a hub for adult learning and education resources;
- chart the way forward for a Regional Alliance for Literacy in the Arab States in the context of the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL);
- share best practices in promoting literacy, for example using ICTs, the provision of support for local communities, and collaboration with the private sector.
The UNESCO Office in Beirut will organize the event in coordination with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), the UNESCO Cairo Office and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) under the patronage of the Egyptian Ministry of Education. Participants will include experts in the field of education in general and representatives of governmental and non-governmental organisations.
This meeting is in response to calls for action that emerged during the CONFINTEA VI Regional Follow-up Meeting for the Arab States, which took place in Alexandria, Egypt, in October 2015.
The event will be held in Arabic, with English-language interpretation.