Policy-makers and researchers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda and United Republic of Tanzania will meet in Nairobi on 23 and 24 February 2017 to discuss strategic approaches to promoting lifelong learning in their respective countries. Participants will take part in a workshop aimed at strengthening the knowledge base for informed policy-making leading to improved access to and quality of lifelong learning in those five African countries.
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) initiated a research project entitled, “Lifelong Learning in sub-Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities”. This project builds on previous research of key policy considerations used in the promotion of lifelong learning. It involves five selected African Countries namely, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania, and looks at the development and implementation of their lifelong learning strategies. The aim of the current research is to analyse potential obstacles and possible approaches to improve access to education, particularly in non-formal and informal settings, for citizens of all ages and ensure quality in the provision of such learning programmes. As part of the project, the workshop will apprise policy-makers and stakeholders of preliminary findings and work on developing strategies on how to implement the research findings in their various country contexts.