UIL’s Annual Report 2016: Continued commitment to lifelong learning

  • July 2017

In 2016, UIL’s work focused on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) and its related targets, as set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Education 2030 Framework for Action.

UIL’s efforts to advance this agenda in 2016 included the production of the 3rd Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III), which focused on the impact of adult learning and education (ALE) on health and well-being; employment and the labour market; and social, civic and community life. Another key contributor to this agenda was the Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (RALE) 2015, published by UNESCO in 2016, which replaced the 1976 Recommendation on the Development of Adult Education.

UIL is working with local governments in cities, towns and villages to promote lifelong learning for inclusive and sustainable development, chiefly through the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), the secretariat of which is based at UIL.

The year was remarkable also for the establishment of the Global Alliance for Literacy within the Framework of Lifelong Learning (GAL). Another important initiative of UIL, the Action Research: Measuring Literacy Programme Participants’ Learning Outcomes project, commonly known by its French acronym RAMAA (Recherche-action sur la mesure des apprentissages des bénéficiaires des programmes d’alphabétisation), expanded from 5 French-speaking African countries to 12 in 2016. With both GAL and RAMAA, UIL expects to further its support for Member States to meet SDG 4.6: ‘By 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and women, achieve literacy and numeracy.’


UIL Annual Report 2016 (PDF, 5.5MB)

  • Author/Editor: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • Annual report 2016: UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning - 2017
  • Available in: English, French