Meetings and Outcomes

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Opening remarks:

Moderator: Mr David Atchoarena, Director, UIL 

Chair: H.E. Mr Kouaro Yves Chabi, co-chair, Minister of Secondary, Technical and Vocational Education, the Republic of Benin  

Welcome remarks: H.E. Ms Mariatou Koné, Minister of National Education and Literacy, the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire  

GAL and the Marrakech Framework for Action 

  • Ms Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education  

  • H.E. Mr Chakib Benmoussa, Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Kingdom of Morocco   

  • H.E. Mr Wendkouni Joël Lionel Bilgo, Minister of National Education, Literacy and Promotion of National Languages, Burkina Faso 

  • H.E. Ms Awut Deng Acuil, Minister of General Education and Instruction, South Sudan  

  • H.E. Mr Hawing Guillaume, Minister for Pre-University Education and Literacy, Guinea 

Session 2: GEC-GAL initiative “Digital competencies of literacy educators”

Session 3: Technology-supported literacy and learning of refugees, IDPs and migrants and the launch of two publications

Moderator: Mr Hervé Huot-Marchand, Chief, Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development, Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO 


  • Ms Helena Reutersward, Senior Policy Specialist for Education, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) 

  • Mr Jian Xi Teng, Programme Specialist, UIL  

  • Mr Francis Randle, Connected Higher Education Specialist, UNHCR

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Session 1: Ministerial panel on youth and adult literacy in regional and national education recovery plans


  • H.E. Mr Alpha Tejan Wurie, Minister of Technical and Higher Education, Republic of Sierra Leone 
  • Mr Arnauld Gbaguidi, Technical Advisor in Literacy, Ministry of Secondary, Technical and Vocational Education, Benin 

Special intervention: Regional perspective  

  • H.E. Ms Sarah Anyang Agbor, Commissioner, Human Resources, Sciences and Technology, African Union

Session 2: Literacy provision during and post-Covid-19 in GAL countries

Session 4: Partnerships for GEC-GAL initiative on literacy educators

‘Elevator pitch’

  • GEC partners: Moodle, PIX, ProFuturo 
  • GAL associate members: Commonwealth of Learning, ASPBAE, ICAE

Concluding Session and Way Forward


  • Mr Zinsou Marcellin Houngzangbe, Director General, Literacy and Education in national languages support fund, Ministry of Education on behalf of H.E. Mr Kouaro Yves Chabi, co-chair, Minister of Secondary, Technical and Vocational Education, Benin 
  • Mr David Atchoarena, Director, UIL 
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Session 1: Global and national scenarios of the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on education and youth and adult literacy

Session 2: Forging partnerships for advancing youth and adult literacy in GAL countries beyond the Covid-19 crisis and towards SDGs

Session 3: GAL Strategic Goals: Review and future directions (1)

Policy and planning

Equity and inclusion

  • Literacy issues of refugees, migrants and IDPs: Mr Matt Byrne, Senior Education Officer, Division of Resilience and Solutions, UNHCR
  • Linkages between language, health and literacy: Mr Ian Cheffy, Senior Literacy and Education Consultant, SIL International

Data and monitoring

Country perspectives:

  • Mr Cecep Suryana, Coordinator of Literacy Education, Directorate of Community Education and Special Education, Indonesia
  • Mr Abba Haladu, Executive Secretary, National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education (NMEC), Nigeria
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