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On 9 April 2020, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) organized its fifth webinar on learning cities' responses to COVID-19. This time it was the turn of Latin American and Caribbean cities.

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) hosted a webinar on higher education institutions’ support for local communities on 15 April 2020 as part of its ongoing series for members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) on

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) hosted a webinar on family learning and community support on 8 April 2020 as part of its ongoing series for members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC).

African Member States and the international community must do more to enhance participation in adult learning and education (ALE) across the continent; that is the principal message of a newly released report by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong L

Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the 

Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. These nationwide closures are affecting over 90% of the world’s student population. Several other countries have implemented localized closures impacting millions of additional learners.

UNESCO is supporting countries in their efforts to mitigate the immediate impact of education institution closures, with the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) making a significant contribution. Facilitating the continuity of education for all through remote learning with a particular focus on the most vulnerable and disadvantaged is key during the current pandemic.

As coordinator of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities, UIL is sharing expertise and enabling structured exchange through a webinar series among over 170 cities around the globe to ensure that learning does not stop during the COVID-19 pandemic for the millions of students living in urban areas. Through video interviews with UNESCO learning cities representatives, UIL features education strategies and practices responding to COVID-19. Moreover, the Institute provides support to countries by offering guidelines on how to implement lifelong learning during the pandemic.

Beyond the emergency response, it is equally necessary to reflect on the world that will emerge from the crisis and the role of lifelong learning in supporting social recovery and in shaping a sustainable future. UIL does so via its Blog by publishing expertise and opinion pieces on topics such as adult education and family learning.

To further inform thinking about the post-pandemic future, UIL has also issued a call for abstracts for a special issue of our journal, the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning, on ‘Education in the age of COVID-19’. The special issue will be published later this year.

Most governments around the world have temporarily closed educational institutions in an attempt to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On 1 April 2020, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) hosted the webinar ‘UNESCO learning cities’ responses to COVID-19: Equity and inclusion’ as part of an ongoing series for members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GN

An estimated 750 million youth and adults worldwide have still not achieved basic literacy; two-thirds of them are women. Of the youth and adults lacking basic literacy skills worldwide, 556 million live in only 29 countries.

In partnership with the French Development Agency (AFD), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is launching a study on illiteracy and literacy strategies in the G5 Sahel countries (Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Senegal) and