05.09.2013 - UNESCO Office in Santiago

UNESCO launches the Second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education in Quito

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The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) launched, for Latin America and the Caribbean, its Second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education – Rethinking Literacy. The first report was published in December 2009, coinciding with the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI).

The launching took place at the annual meeting of the National Commissions for Cooperation with UNESCO from Latin America, held in Quito, Ecuador. Paz Portales, Programme Coordinator at OREALC/UNESCO Santiago, explained that the main objectives of the document are “to demonstrate the developments and progress made since CONFINTEA VI, to remind governments of the commitments made and to offer governments the opportunity to see whether they are moving in the right direction. Perhaps the most important message to learn from this report is that lifelong learning offers a promising outlook on tackling the challenge of adult literacy”.

The report was drawn up after the outcome document of the conference, the Belém Framework for Action, adopted by 144 UNESCO member states, stated that the UIL should carry out a “monitoring process at the global level to take stock and report periodically on progress in adult learning and education”. This report is the result of this monitoring process for the 2010-2012 period. The printed publication will be available in English, French and Spanish.

This second report examines the progress made in applying the Belém Framework for Action using the data received from 141 countries, most of which is in the form of a quantitative template. It focuses on the five key issues identified in Belém – politics, governance, financing, participation and quality – and examines in close detail the transversal issue of adult literacy. It is clear from the report that, while many of the same challenges remain, several of the key messages of the Belém Framework have found their way into debates on national policies and reform processes.

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