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Mauritania’s “National Programme for Development of the Education Sector” (PNDSE 2011-2020) gives particular attention to basic education. This addresses Mauritania’s challenges, with among the lowest rates in primary school enrolment and adult literacy in the Middle East and North Africa region, as well as significant gender disparities in education, to the disadvantage of girls’ access. Evidence shows that illiteracy and low educational achievement are being passed from one generation to the next. Existing evidence from around the world seems to indicate...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2011

Available from UIL's Library in English, Arabic.

The follow-up to the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI), held in Belém, Brazil in December 2009, was high on UIL’s agenda in 2010. Following the man-date given to the Institute by UNESCO Member States in the Belém Framework for Action, UNESCO and UIL are committed to coordinating the monitoring of the implementation of the recommendations spelled out in the document. A follow-up strategy was produced, which was discussed during the first meeting of the CONFINTEA Advisory Group, held at UIL in March. As an important pillar of this follow-up, the Institute is...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2011

Available from UIL's Library in English, French.

In 2009, the Institute worked hard to drive the vision of lifelong learning forward on international education agendas. On behalf of UNESCO, UIL was entrusted with coordinating the preparation, implementation and follow-up of the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI). Preparations for this intergovernmental conference, which was held from 1 to 4 December 2009 – after its postponement from May 2009 – required the Institute’s full attention. The conference was clearly a success, with more than 50 ministers and deputy ministers travelling to Belém in the Amazon...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2010

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The Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) closed with the adoption of the Belém Framework for Action. Held from 1 to 4 December 2009 in Belém, Brazil, with the participation of over 1,100 delegates, including including 55 Ministers and Deputy Ministers from 144 UNESCO Member States, CONFINTEA VI continued a series of global UNESCO meetings on adult education and learning which have been held every twelve years since 1949. Building on the Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning and the Agenda for the Future of 1997, the Belém Framework for Action records the...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2010

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The purpose of this guide is to affirm the policy stance that multilingual and multicultural education should be chosen as the general education system in African countries, with a view to the transformation of African societies. The aim of this transformation, in tur, is to reduce poverty through sustainable development based on African languages and cultures. For this reason, it should be pursed through the programs of existing institutions, whose capacity needs to be strengthened accordingly. Such an education system not only offers equality of opportunity and success to all children,...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2010

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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)

Also available in Arabic: (PDF 375 KB)...

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

Available from UIL's Library in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.