Community learning centres (CLCs) were first opened in Ethiopia as a result of the work initiated by Mr Yoseph Abera, a senior expert for adult and non-formal education in the Ethiopian Ministry of Education (MoE) and his department. Mr Abera participated in the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) CONFINTEA Fellowship Programme in 2015. Together with experts at UIL, the department developed a strategy to introduce CLCs in his country.

I wanted to learn how to read and write in order to be independent, to be able to depend on myself. For a living, I cook and sell meals. I now have a webpage with my menus and I can also keep account of the payments of my clients .’ (AMLL learner in Mexico)