Canadian launch of fourth UNESCO Global Report on Adult Learning and Education: 3 and 4 March 2020

GRALE 4 - 5 December 2019
  • Date: 3 March 2020 to 4 March 2020
  • Where: - (Canada)

The fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 4) will be launched in Canada during two webinars on 3 March 2020 in English and on 4 March 2020 in French.

GRALE 4 reveals that in almost one-third of the countries which responded to the survey, fewer than five per cent of adults aged 15 and above participate in education and learning programmes. Adults with disabilities, older adults, refugees and migrants, minority groups and other disadvantaged segments of society are particularly under-represented in adult education programmes and find themselves deprived of crucial access to lifelong learning opportunities.

Published by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), the report monitors the extent to which UNESCO Member States put their international commitments into practice regarding adult learning and education and reflects data submitted by 159 countries. It calls for a major change in the approach to adult learning and education (ALE), urging that it needs to be backed by adequate investment to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to access and benefit from adult learning and education and that its full contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is realized.

The online launch event is being organized by the Canadian Institute for Cooperation in Adult Education (ICÉA), the Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE) and the Documentation Center for Adult Education (CDEACF), in cooperation with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO and UIL. Based on the findings of GRALE 4, it will address the current status of adult learning and education in Canada, also taking into account challenges and possible solutions. It will critically review the recommendations of the global report provided to countries worldwide and discuss future strategies for Canada.


3 March 2020, 10.30 to 12:00h (UTC/GMT -5), launch in English

Join via https://zoom.us/j/, session ID: 496-612-551

4 March 2020, 10 to 12:00 (UTC/GMT -5), launch in French

Join via https://zoom.us/j/, session ID: 141 040 267

No registration needed



  • Language of event: English, French