17.07.2012 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

UNESCO participates in a workshop on the education of the youth and adults in Angola

The Portuguese-speaking countries gather for the Fifth Workshop on Education and Training for Youth and Adults, in Luanda, Angola, between 18 - 20 July. The meeting is an initiative of the Network of South - South Cooperation of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), which receives support from UNESCO.

Since its inception in 2006, the Network of South - South Cooperation in the field of CPLP, youth and adult education has become an area of joint intergovernmental which main objective is to support the capabilities of each country to meet national targets already established and international commitments contained in the Millennium Development Goals, the Education for All initiative, the United Nations Literacy Decade 2003-2012 and the Belém Framework for Action, adopted at the sixth International Conference of Adult Education. Participating in the network: Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome and Principe and East Timor.

"We understand the Network as a mechanism to assist member countries to face the disastrous effects of global economic crisis," said Timothy Ireland, a professor at Federal University of Paraiba and coordinator of the UNESCO Chair in Education for Youth and Adults. "For the member countries, education is a major challenge for networking, which allows a more collective, supportive and efficient work", he adds.

The 5th meeting falls within the Belém Framework for Action and recognizes that the right to education of youth and adults is conditioned by political, governance, funding, participation, inclusion, equity and quality. In this sense, "the meeting offers an opportunity to analyze the implementation of the Belém Framework for Action," concludes the professor.

The workshop will be opened by the Vice-President of the Republic of Angola, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

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