The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) published its second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 2) in 2013. Drawing on data and reports from 141 countries, GRALE 2 was the first international report to monitor progress in promoting adult learning and education (ALE) since countries adopted the 2009 Belém Framework for Action. The third Global Report (GRALE 3) was published in 2016.
GRALE 2 included ground-breaking analysis on literacy. It argued that traditional ways to define and measure literacy were outdated. Rather than categorising people as either ‘literate’ or ‘illiterate’, countries would need to regard literacy as a continuum, and as a process that learners engage in throughout life and in all areas of life. Accordingly, countries would need to promote lifelong and life-wide learning policies rather than quick-fix ‘illiteracy eradication’ campaigns.
Second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education: Rethinking Literacy (PDF 1.4 MB)
- Author/Editor: UIL
- Second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education: Rethinking Literacy
- UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, 2013
- ISBN 978-92-820-1180-5
- Available in: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese