UIL Director participates in launching the ALE capacity-building course for the Arab States

15 March 2021

On 9 March 2021, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in the Arab States (UNESCO Beirut) launched its capacity-building course on adult learning and education (ALE) and lifelong learning. David Atchoarena, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, delivered opening remarks.

The online course is designed to enhance the capacities of academics, practitioners, researchers, educators and those involved in lifelong learning and adult education in the Arab region to develop and strengthen ALE policies and programmes that are responsive to the challenges posed by ongoing political, socio-economic and technological developments.

Findings published in the recent fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 4) show that, although the Arab region has made progress in ALE development in the last decade, challenges to ALE policy, the inclusion of vulnerable groups in ALE, and issues in quality and funding persist. This course, with its wide range of topics on ALE, aims to address these challenges.

Upon completion of the course, participants will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the concepts of ALE and lifelong learning; the pathways between formal, non-formal and informal learning; ALE financing; and characteristics of adult learners and educators. Moreover, the course will impart information and guidance on developing ALE governance models, programme design, and monitoring and evaluation approaches.

‘I am confident that this video tutorial will inspire policy-makers and practitioners in the region in their efforts to promote access to adult learning and education and make it a tool for lifelong learning, sustainable development and peace.’

David Atchoarena, Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

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