Monitoring the Implementation of the Belém Framework for Action: International Expert Meeting, 25–27 January 2011

From 25 to 27 January 2011, an international expert meeting on monitoring the implementation of the Belém Framework for Action will be held at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in Hamburg, involving a small group of experts and researchers with technical knowledge and experience in non-formal adult education from UNESCO Member States, international agencies and civil society organizations from all regions.

The Belém Framework for Action, adopted at the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI), emphasises the indispensable roles of literacy and adult education as integral elements of lifelong learning, and underlines the critical importance of sector-wide education polices and development plans based on a holistic lifelong learning perspective. Affirming the right to adult education as an inherent part of the right to education, the Belém Framework aims to guide countries in harnessing the power and potential of adult learning and education for a viable future.

To induce concrete progress in the field, the Belém Framework contains proposals and recommendations to improve policy, governance, financing, participation and the quality of adult literacy, adult education and lifelong learning and outlines mechanisms to report on progress at national and regional levels, calling upon UNESCO to support the follow-up and monitoring at the international level, namely:

to coordinate, through the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in partnership with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, a monitoring process at the global level to take stock and report periodically on progress in adult learning and education.

In response to this call, UIL has teamed up with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to prepare the task. An Overall Monitoring Strategy and a Monitoring Matrix have been drafted to provide key tools for the monitoring process. Contributions made in  an open online consultation forum which was conducted by UIL from 29 October to 18 November 2010, with 330 individuals from governments, NGOs and academia, have further enriched the tools.

The objective of the International Expert Meeting is to discuss and finalise the key tools for monitoring the Belém Framework for Action, specifically to amend the Overall Monitoring Strategy; finalise the Monitoring Matrix; come up with a core set of indicators which can be applied to a diversity of contexts and suggest possible areas of research to generate information for the monitoring process.