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It gives me great pleasure to introduce this Medium-Term Strategy 2008-2013 for the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). Since our change of status to a full UNESCO Institute two years ago, accompanied by a new name (we were previously the UNESCO Institute of Education), many more avenues have been opened up for us to explore. There have been new ideas, concepts and courses of action to understand and engage with, new methods of working and new partnerships to be built, both within and outside UNESCO.

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Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2009

Available from UIL's Library in English, French.

The year 2007 was a historic year for the Institute as it was the founding year of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). This grew out of the UNESCO Institute for Education (UIE), which had operated from its Hamburg location for 55 years.

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Annual report 2007: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (PDF 1,9 MB)

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2008

Available from UIL's Library in English, French.

LIFE is a new collaborative framework, aimed at coordinating policies, action, resources and ideas and speeding up the acquisition of literacy and basic education in all the countries most in need. It is both a strategy and an operating mechanism for the attainment of the objectives of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD), Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and the successful achievement of national education plans. Within this context, all countries meeting LIFE criteria (adult literacy rate less than 50% and/or over 10 million people without basic...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2008

Available from UIL's Library in English, French.

Adult education is a human right to be exercised by all. The case for adult learning and education corresponds to the case for lifelong learning: throughout the world, education is the indispensable foundation for creating and sustaining personal, social and economic well-being. Today, this is a lifelong and life-wide agenda both for empowerment and for the development of human resources. These two pillars bear equal weight; only together can they work effectively. Their combined impact can improve the quality of life for all citizens around the globe, generating and developing to the...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2008

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Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE)

The Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE) was conceived as a ten-year (2006-2015) strategic framework through which national governments, NGOs, civil society, the private sector, UN agencies, and bilateral and multilateral agencies collectively advanced literacy efforts in thirty-five countries where illiteracy posed a critical challenge. As a key operational mechanism for the implementation of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD, 2003-2012), which was led and coordinated by UNESCO, LIFE aimed to support countries in achieving a fifty...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2008

Available from UIL's Library in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Portuguese.

This study of the financing for promoting literacy in Senegal aims to provide a summary of the available reports on this question in order to:

-Compare the costs of different programmes implemented in Senegal.

-Make recommendations for the calculation of the cost of a national programme, providing quality whilst remaining within the country’s capacities.

-Draw conclusions for planning the LIFE initiative and developing a regional strategy for the UNLD.

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Author/Editor:
Diagne; Amadou Wade
Year of publication:
2007

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This study has been prepared for the African Inter-Ministerial Conference on Literacy, which is due to be held in September 2007. The main purpose of the paper is to analyse the costs of a range of successful literacy programmes, run by government ministries and international and national non-governmental organisations. The intention is to add to the limited amount of data on costs currently available, and provide broad recommendations regarding their calculation, to inform the planning for LIFE and the regional strategy for the UNLD.

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Author/Editor:
Carr-Hill; Roy; Roberts; Fiona
Year of publication:
2007

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The Education for All Global Assessment Report pointed out that only 5% of primary school students in Africa have attained the minimal level of competency which should be acquired by the end of primary school. Based on this, the need for creating and sustaining alternative education systems and approaches is painfully evident. However, funding for alternative forms of education is dismally low. In most countries, government funding for “out-of-school” education programs is usually less than 1% of their education budget. This is the niche for non-formal education and literacy...

Author/Editor:
Fagerberg-Diallo; Sonja
Year of publication:
2007

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The aim of this report commissioned by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is to test and apply our approach and the normative model in Brazil, Burkina Faso and Uganda. The three countries are multilingual in various degrees, and differ in terms of educational development, literate environment and socio-economic development.

Download: The Costs and the funding of non formal literacy programmes in Brazil, Burkina Faso and Uganda (PDF 568 kb)

Author/Editor:
Ravens; Jan van; Aggio; Carlos
Year of publication:
2007

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The year 2006 was another milestone in the transformation of the institute. At the end of June 2006 the UNESCO institute for Education (UIE), which was established in 1951/52 as a foundation under German law, closed down. The 174 th session of UNESCO’s Executive Board – following the recommendation of the Director-General- decided to turn the institute into a body under international law and to give it a new name, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). This was a historic moment in the life of the Institute. The name change was recommended during a process of external evaluation...

Author/Editor:
UIL
Year of publication:
2006

Available from UIL's Library in English, French.