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Addressing literacy and life skills of marginalized youth: The role of community learning centres

30 July 2013

One in ten young people, most of them from Asia and Africa, lack the literacy and life skills they need for everyday life, to earn a living and contribute to community development. Addressing such learning needs is a major challenge for government and civil society.

To understand how policies and programmes can promote literacy and life skills education for marginalized youth, the Government of Indonesia and UNESCO (Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok, Jakarta Office and UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning), in collaboration with the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), are organizing an International Policy Forum on Literacy and Life Skills Education for Vulnerable Youth through Community Learning Centres in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 20 to 22 August 2013.

This forum will focus on the role of community learning centres in reaching out to marginalized youth. It builds on the work of two previous regional forums on literacy and life skills for vulnerable youth organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (in Bamako and Cairo) in 2011. It will bring together government and civil society representatives, as well as young people, from Asia and Africa.

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