Adult Learning and Education towards 2030


UNESCO's vision is to work with governments and civil society ‘to transform lives through education, recognizing the important role of education as a main driver of development and in achieving the other proposed SDGs.’ (Education 2030)

In 2015, in Incheon, UNESCO Member States committed themselves to ‘Ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.’ (SDG 4).

Regarding Adult Learning and Education (ALE), in goal 4.6, Member States committed themselves to ‘by 2030, ensure that all youth and a substantial proportion of adults, both men and men, achieve literacy and numeracy.’ (SDG 4)

International legal frameworks

To this end, it focuses on the implementation of the Belém Framework for Action, the UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (2015), which together constitute the reference bases for ALE policy, and they will contribute to the accomplishment of the Global Education 2030 Agenda, offering quality education for all and throughout life.

Monitoring ALE

Using the momentum acquired by CONFINTEA VI, held in Belém, Brazil, in 2009, UNESCO and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) support Member States in the implementation of the global ALE.

Coordinating the CONFINTEA follow-up process is part of the UIL’s international activities. One of UIL's most important activities in this area is the publication of the Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE).


Download the report:

GRALE III: English | French | Portuguese

GRALE III - key messages and summary: English | French | Spanish | Portuguese

Download the previous reports:

GRALE II: English | French | Spanish | Portuguese

GRALE I: English | French | Spanish | Portuguese

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