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We, the representatives from 46 African countries at this preparatory Africa regional conference for CONFINTEA VI, declare our commitment to make youth and adult learning and education a right and a reality for all our people. New challenges and demands are made on Africa to master new and old situations and we voice Africa’s call to CONFINTEA VI: join and support us in this struggle for lifelong learning, sustainable development and a culture of peace. Such societal change evolves as a product of conscious citizenship and increased livelihood skills. Youth and adult learning and...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2009

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This conference is being held within the framework of the Millennium Development Goals, the United Nations Literacy Decade, the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development, the Arab Plan for the Development of Education in the Arab World and the Islamic Programme for Literacy and Basic Education for All.

Download: Statement on Investing in Adult Education: Building Learning and Knowledge Societies in the Arab States (PDF 138 KB)

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Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2009

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Contexts and challenging issue

The resurgence of adult learning and education

1. The new millennium has brought about a renewed appreciation of adult learning and education (ALE) as central in addressing the critical development challenges in Asia and the Pacific. The rapid pace of change, and the rise of knowledge economies and learning societies in a globalised world, highlight the importance of ensuring that all adults have access to high-quality learning and education opportunities.

2. At the same time, unresolved socio-economic problems, in particular extreme...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2009

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We, the representatives of 33 countries in the UNESCO Pan-European Region at this preparatory conference for CONFINTEA VI, declare our commitment to strengthening learning and education as a priority for all adults in the region. We meet at a time of financial crisis across the region and the wider world, and in the context of continuing conflicts, accelerating demographic change and environmental changes. We reaffirm the importance of adult learning in enabling people to deal with economic and social change, to participate actively in civil society, to foster cultural action and to enrich...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2009

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“From literacy to lifelong learning” is the great challenge which this Regional Conference poses for us.

In other words, the challenge is to advance from initial literacy – which is the way in which literacy for young people and adults continues to be understood in many countries of the region to a vision and a broader educational provision which includes teaching but also recognizes and validates learning acquired, not only as adults, but also throughout our life: in the family, in the community, at work, through the media, through social participation and by the...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2009

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In 2008, UIL’s energies were focused on preparations for the Sixth International conference on adult education (CONFINTEA VI),which will be hosted by the Government of Brazil and organ-ized by UIL and the UNESCO Brasília Office. This event is crucial to our Institute, as it is the only global policy dialogue on adult learning and education, taking place at twelve-year intervals. CONFINTEA VI will thus offer a unique opportunity to make the case for adult learning and education policies worldwide, and foster the necessary commitment from governments and non-governmental organizations to...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2009

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Published in 2009, the first Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 1) was the most comprehensive overview to date of the global state of adult learning and education (ALE). It provided a strong basis for negotiations at the sixth International Conference on Adult Learning and Education (CONFINTEA VI). GRALE brought together findings and...

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UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Year of publication:
2009

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It gives me great pleasure to introduce this Medium-Term Strategy 2008-2013 for the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). Since our change of status to a full UNESCO Institute two years ago, accompanied by a new name (we were previously the UNESCO Institute of Education), many more avenues have been opened up for us to explore. There have been new ideas, concepts and courses of action to understand and engage with, new methods of working and new partnerships to be built, both within and outside UNESCO.

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Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2009

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The year 2007 was a historic year for the Institute as it was the founding year of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). This grew out of the UNESCO Institute for Education (UIE), which had operated from its Hamburg location for 55 years.

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Annual report 2007: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 1,9 MB)

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2008

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LIFE is a new collaborative framework, aimed at coordinating policies, action, resources and ideas and speeding up the acquisition of literacy and basic education in all the countries most in need. It is both a strategy and an operating mechanism for the attainment of the objectives of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD), Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the successful achievement of national education plans. Within this context, all countries meeting LIFE criteria (adult literacy rate less than 50% and/or over 10 million people without basic...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2008

Available from UIL's Library in English, French.