Bolivia Hosted Global Conference on Literacy and the Education of Youth and Adults

The objective of the global conference on literacy and the education of youth and adults was to analyse the current circumstances and challenges faced in literacy, post-literacy and education for these groups. The Education Ministry of Bolivia sponsored the event through its Vice-Ministry of Alternative and Special Education and the Department of Post-Literacy, with the support of the UNESCO Office in Quito, on July 22 and 23, 2013 in La Paz, Bolivia.

The conference also provided a forum for debate, for sharing of experiences and reaching of agreements and proposals regarding progress, trends and challenges in literacy, post-literacy and the education of youth and adults in Latin America, aiming to strengthen the development of democratic, pluralistic, transformational and inclusive education.

The topics of each day were as follows:

• Experiences in Latin America regarding literacy and post-literacy in the framework of objectives and methodologies of educating youth and adults.

• Educational and policy orientations on folk and community education and critical pedagogy for developing literacy, post-literacy and educational processes for youth and adults.

•  Literacy and post-literacy as processes to consolidate learning in people aged 15 years and older.

• Literacy and post-literacy as processes of socio-political mobilization and socio-community participation.

• Literacy and post-literacy as a process to develop education and as an inclusive and equitable society, and as a right exercised by people and social groups.

Approximately 150 people participated in the event, including government officials, executives, technical staff, educators, representatives of social organizations, members of the indigenous community, citizens, teachers and other players in literacy and post-literacy.

The event aimed to follow up on the objective proposed by the Member States of the World Education Forum (Dakar, Senegal, 2000) to, “ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skill programmes; achieve 50 % improvement levels in adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for adults.”

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