Training experts from nine Arab countries in strengthening alternative and non-formal education


© Anton Estrada
14 September 2021

From 15 September to 30 November 2021, 35 participants from nine Arab countries will learn how to strengthen alternative and non-formal education for youth and adults in education sector plans. They will take part in an online course offered by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) together with the UNESCO Beirut Office and the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP). The online course, part of the Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Programme to strengthen the Arabic language in UNESCO, is made available thanks to the financial support of the Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud Foundation.

The skills and competencies required by today’s knowledge societies and economies are rapidly evolving to match the pace of economic, technological and social change. The need to provide learning opportunities to individuals throughout life is growing. Responding to this trend demands flexible learning pathways, strong links between formal, non-formal and informal learning, including frameworks for the recognition, validation, and accreditation of learning outcomes, and new funding mechanisms.

However, many countries worldwide, and in the Arab region specifically, do not provide sufficient learning opportunities to young people and adults who are out of the formal education system. Alternative and non-formal education for youth and adults (ANFE) is often missing in education sector plans and as a result suffers from a lack of policy attention and funding. In an emergency situation such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, the absence of a well-developed system for ANFE at national level can add to the challenge of providing rapid and timely responses to the learning needs of these target groups.

This online course, entitled ‘Strengthening Alternative and Non-Formal Education for Youth and Adults in Education Sector Plans’, aims to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to ensure that the learning needs of marginalized youth and adult learners are reflected in sector-wide education plans and strategies within a lifelong learning perspective. In the long term, a stronger focus on ANFE in education sector plans, will guide the development of holistic lifelong learning systems, ensuring that all young people and adults can learn and continue learning throughout life in a changing world.

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