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The Global Report on Adult Learning and Education – GRALE 2012 – will focus on adult literacy

CONFINTEA VI, The Sixth International Conference on Adult Education held in Belem, Brazil , in 2009, ended with the endorsement of the The Belém Framework for Action (BFA) by 144 countries. As an important part of the CONFINTEA VI Follow-up, the Framework includes the recommendation to publish an updated version of GRALE every three years. The 2012 issue of GRALE is under preparation. UNESCO member states will be asked in autumn 2011 by way of a questionnaire to produce national reports on the development of adult education in order to provide the data for GRALE 2012. Since 2012 also marks the end of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD),  GRALE 2012, as recommended by the ”International Expert Meeting on Monitoring the Belém Framework” earlier this year, will focus on adult literacy.

During the first meeting of the GRALE Editorial Board  held on 21 – 22 July 2011 at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), the questionnaire for Member States which will be used for the national reporting was finalised. Aside from questions pertaining to the five BFA areas: policy, governance, participation, financing and quality, it also contains questions which aim to take stock of the outcomes of the UNLD.

The GRALE Editorial Board is so far composed of representatives from China, Ecuador, South Africa, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America, the UNESCO Institute of Statistics and UIL. They agreed on an overall framework and outline for GRALE, as well as recommending the topics for commissioned background research papers.