The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), in partnership with the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), the Department of Andragogy at the University of Belgrade and the Adult Education Society in Belgrade, will launch the Third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III) for the East and South-East Europe sub-region this week. The event, in which policymakers, researchers and practitioners from around 10 countries of the sub-region will participate, takes place on 26 January 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia.
GRALE III draws on monitoring surveys completed by 139 UNESCO Member States to develop a differentiated picture of the global state of adult learning and education (ALE). It evaluates countries’ progress in fulfilling the commitments they made in the Belém Framework for Action, which was adopted at the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) in 2009. In addition, the report examines the impact of ALE on three major areas: health and well-being; employment and the labour market; and social, civic and community life. GRALE III provides policymakers, researchers and practitioners with compelling evidence of the wider benefits of ALE across all of these areas. In so doing, it highlights the major contribution ALE can make to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Participants in the launch will have the opportunity to identify strategies for further supporting inter-sectoral approaches to adult learning and education in the context of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Agenda 2030. The event will also explore opportunities for cooperation in view of the upcoming CONFINTEA VI Mid-Term Review planned for October 2017.