Towards Literacy for all – Global Alliance for Literacy at the Global Education Meeting 2018

  • Date: 3 December 2018
  • Where: Brussels (Belgium)

Some 350 ministers, officials, representatives of development agencies and other partners from all over the world will take stock of progress in meeting the educational objectives of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the Global Education Meeting, 3 to 5 December, in Brussels, Belgium (Room: Library).

750 Million adults still cannot read or write. Ensuring that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy is one of the educational objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda. Questions on how to achieve this objective remain. How to address literacy in national policies? How does literacy relate to workplace skills and citizenship? Which measures can be taken to achieve SDG 4.6?

High-level representatives will share their insights at a side event of the Global Education Meeting on 3 December 2018

  • Mr Salimane Karimou, Minister of Maternal and Primary Education, Benin (tbc)
  • Mr Serigne Mbaye Thiam, Minister of National Education, Senegal (tbc)
  • Mr David Atchoarena, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • Ms Rasheda K.  Choudhur, Executive Director, Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), Bangladesh
  • Mr Paul Comyn, Senior Skills and Employability Specialist, International Labour Organization.     

The event is organized by the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL) and is accessible to all participants of the Global Education Meeting.

GAL engages a multiplicity of stakeholders to catalyze efforts to improve literacy in 29 countries worldwide. GAL’s efforts focus on 20 countries that have an adult literacy rate below 50 per cent, and on the E9 countries, in which the largest numbers of illiterate adults are concentrated. The GAL Secretariat is based at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning.

For any further questions, please contact the GAL Secretariat: uil-galsecretariat@unesco.org.

  • Language of event: English, French

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