Towards promoting lifelong learning in five African countries

16 March 2017

Policy-makers and researchers from Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda and the United Republic of Tanzania came together in Nairobi, Kenya, on 23 and 24 February 2017 to discuss strategic approaches to promoting lifelong learning in their respective countries.

Directors of adult education and senior education specialists who participated in the workshop – which took place at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa – shared policies, discussed lessons learned, and examined the challenges of implementing lifelong learning policies and programmes. The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen the participants’ knowledge base and lead to more informed policy-making.

The workshop, part of a project organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) titled ‘Strategic Approach to Promote Lifelong Learning for All in Selected African Countries’, carries forward research presented in the 2014 UIL publication Key Issues and Policy Considerations in Promoting Lifelong Learning in Selected Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda and Tanzania, which looked at the development and implementation of lifelong learning strategies in the region.

The aim of the current research project is to compile best practices and to analyse potential obstacles and possible approaches to improve access to education, particularly in non-formal and informal settings. The results of the project are being presented at the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) 2017 Triennale, which began on 14 March and continues until 17 March in Dakar, Senegal; the final project publication will be available online in April 2017.