Marrakesh

Seventh International Conference on Adult Education

Adult learning and education for sustainable development – a transformative agenda

15 to 17 June 2022
Marrakech, Morocco

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI

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CONFINTEA VII

From 15 to 17 June 2022, participants from across the globe came together for the Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) in Marrakech, Morocco. They took stock of achievements in adult learning and education, discussed challenges, and developed a new framework for action to make adult learning and education a reality around the world. CONFINTEA VII was hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco and co-organized with UNESCO. 

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Adult education matters!
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The COVID-19 pandemic showed the importance of adult education. Only if all of us have the chance to adapt to new developments and acquire the knowledge necessary to act jointly to solve global challenges will we be able to create fairer, more just and sustainable societies. A rapidly developing world does not allow for learning to finish with the end of compulsory or higher education. It requires lifelong learning for all.

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About CONFINTEA

CONFINTEA VII encouraged UNESCO Member States to put in place policies, incentives, regulatory frameworks and institutional structures and mechanisms to contribute to a human rights culture, social justice, shared values and sustainability. In recognition of continuing advancements in artificial intelligence, special attention was paid to using information and communications technologies to promote access to adult learning and education and inclusion.

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 ‘Adult education is key to transforming our future. Given technological and social changes, the right to education must mean enabling each person, throughout life, to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to realize their potential and live with dignity.' 

 

Audrey Azoulay
UNESCO Director-General

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay

"It is an honour for the Kingdom of Morocco to host, under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, CONFINTEA VII. The organization of this conference in Morocco, a crossroads of civilizations and a melting pot of cultures, confirms the irreversible choice of the Kingdom to open up to its regional and international environment and reaffirms its commitments to adult education and lifelong learning.

Our country, under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God assist him, has placed the reform of the education system at the top of its priorities and at the heart of its societal project.  The new development model, the result of a national consensus, has consecrated lifelong learning as an important lever for development."

Chakib BENMOUSSA, Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Kingdom of Morocco

Chakib BENMOUSSA, Minister of National Education, Preschool and Sports, Morocco
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Participate in the seventh International Conference on Adult Education

Over 1,000 participants took part in the conference, which examined effective adult learning and education policies within a lifelong learning perspective and within the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants were nominated by UNESCO Member States.

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Conference Location

The seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) took place in Marrakech, Morocco.

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Government of Morocco

Under the high guidance of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, Morocco has made enormous progress in the field of adult learning and education by following the SDGs. This progress has been acknowledged by the Fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE4). These achievements would benefit from being reinforced by the implementation of Morocco's new development model and the framework law 51-17, in order to establish a quality education system and lifelong learning.

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Resources

View resources including the four GRALE (Global Report on Adult Learning and Education) and other documents compiled by UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong learning.

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UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

The promotion of adult learning and education lies at the heart of the mandate of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). UIL is the only entity in the UNESCO family with a specific mandate to promote lifelong learning. It aims to strengthen the capacities of UNESCO Member States in the field of lifelong learning, with a focus on youth and adults, paying particular attention to the policies and systems conducive to lifelong learning pathways.

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Ghana's new education sector plan embraces lifelong learning for all

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Susan Berdie. 

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Egypt implements new national quality standards for ALE

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Nadia Salama Hashem Hassan. 

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Ethiopia opens its first ever community centres

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Yoseph Abera. 

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Algeria introduces a new literacy strategy

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Hassène Slimani.

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Grenada introduces family learning to enhance basic education

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Gertrude Niles. 

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Indonesia strengthens family learning through community learning centres

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Yohan Rubiyantoro. 

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Tanzania implements national standards for the qualification of adult educators

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Mary Malunde Watugulu. 

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Uganda introduces community learning centres to promote socio-economic transformation

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Imelda Kyaringabira Engabi. 

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Viet Nam promotes a culture of reading to advance lifelong learning

A UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning CONFINTEA fellowship programme success story – Lien Anh Tongi. 

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