UNESCO is launching a reporting template for assessing progress in adult education
Following the recommendations made by 144 governments at the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) in 2009 , a template to report on progress in adult education has been developed by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), with the support of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and other experts. The template, available in English, French and Spanish, solicits data for the key areas identified in the Belém Framework for Action – policy, governance, finance, participation and quality. The template is intended to be a convenient and efficient means for Member States to provide background material for both the next Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) in 2012 and the final evaluation of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD, 2003-2012).
Adult literacy is the special thematic focus of the forthcoming edition of GRALE, given that the Bélem Framework for Action reiterates the fundamental role of literacy in adult education, and that it coincides with the end of the UNLD. There will be a special theme in each future edition of the Global Report, which forms part of UNESCO’s triennial international monitoring report series in adult education.
The need for valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data to inform policy-making has been underlined repeatedly. However, consistent and comparable data of good quality on adult education in UNESCO Member States are scarce. It is anticipated that the national reports based on this template will contribute to generating the much-needed data to show progress in the field.
The template has been sent out to all UNESCO National Commissions. To complete the template and validate the data, Member States are requested to bring together the widest possible range of stakeholders. The template is accompanied by explanatory notes, which aim to provide further clarification regarding the reporting procedure.
Member States are asked to submit their national progress reports to UIL by the end of February 2012.
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