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11:00 (GMT+1)

Press conference


Room: Benguerir


12:00 - 13:00h CET (GMT+1)


  • Opening Addresses

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  • Conference Objectives and Procedures
  • Formal Election Procedures (Conference Bureau)

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13:00 - 13:15h


13:15 - 14:45h


Panel 1

Title: Ministerial Panel on GRALE 5 launch: From Belém to Marrakech 

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14:45 - 15:15h


Outcomes from the CSO, Youth and Private Sector Forum

15:15 - 15:30h


15:30 - 16:45h


Panel 2

Title: Adult learning and education within the new social contract for education: Towards a right to lifelong learning 

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16:45 - 17:00h


17:00 - 18:15h

Parallel Workshops

ALE in Education Policies in relation to SDG4 and Lifelong Learning

  • Organizer: Conférence des ministres de l'Éducation des États et gouvernements de la Francophonie (CONFEMEN)

Gender equality in and through adult learning and education

  • Organizer: UNESCO
  • Co-organizer: Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) and UN Women

Leading ALE into a lifelong and life-wide perspective: Challenges and lessons for ALE's governance, redesign and financing

  • Organizer: UNESCO

Lifelong Learning for Recovery and Resilience: ALE for Resilient Responses to Current and Future Challenges (online only)

  • Organizer: Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Centre for Skills

Literacy: a lever for citizenship (17:00-19:00h)

  • Organizer: Agence Nationale de Lutte Contre l’Analphabétisme (ANLCA), Morocco

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Gala dinner

09:30 -10:45h

Parallel Workshops

ALE and Decent Work: Recognising and Developing Skills for Employability and Decent Work (online only)

  • Organizer: International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Community Learning Centers (CLCs) as key structures for adult learning and education – preconditions and good practices

  • Organizer: DVV International, Germany 
  • Co-organizers: International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) & Georgian Adult Education Network (GAEN)

In substance and in spirit: delivering the SDGs through adult learning in libraries

  • Organizer: International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

National Policies on Lifelong Learning towards Sustainability in Southeast Asia (online only)

  • Organizer: Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) Secretariat

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in adult Education

  • Organizer: Arab League Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ALECSO)

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10:45 -12:00h


12:00 -13:15h


Panel 3

Title: Literacy – The foundation for lifelong learning

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13:30 -14:45h


Panel 4

Title: Preparing adults for the future of work

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14:45 - 15:00h


15:00 - 16:15h


Panel 5

Title: ALE in digital environments

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16:15 - 16:30h


16:30 - 17:45h

Parallel Workshops

Adult Learning and Education amidst Global Crises: The Urgency for Active Citizenship Education

  • Organizer: International Council for Adult Edcuation (ICAE)
  • Co-organizer: European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), Arab House for Adult Education and Development (AHAED), Pamoja West Africa, Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE), Consejo de Educación Popular de América Latina (CEAAL)

A new window on health and well-being through adult learning and education (ALE)

  • Organizer: World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Co-organizer: UNESCO

Current challenges of educational governance: innovate to protect and progress

  • Organizer: Organization of Ibero-American States for Education, Science & Culture (OEI)

Learning cities: territorial and African dynamics (16:30-19:00h)

  • Organizer: Direction Générale des Collectivités Territoriales and Agence Nationale de Lutte Contre l’Analphabétisme (ANLCA), Morocco

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09:30 - 10:45h

Parallel Workshops

Building a resilient learning city for a resilient society

  • Organizer: UN-Habitat & National Institute for Lifelong Education (NILE), Republic of Korea

Connected Higher Education in crisis contexts through international partnerships and inclusion in national systems (online only)

  • Organizer: UNHCR - The UN Refugee Agency and the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium
  • Co-organizer: Borderless Higher Education for Refugees, CLCC Instructional Design for e-Learning group

OER and Lifelong Learning: Current trends and Future Perspectives (online only)

  • Organizer: UNESCO

Responding to the Skills Revolution – development of skills through innovative instruments (online only)

  • Organizer: European Commission

Transformative Adult Learning and Education (ALE) for Inclusion, Participation and Sustainability

  • Organizer: Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE)
  • Co-organizer: Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA) & The Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE)

Adult educators and literacy practitioners: recasting the profession

  • Organizer: UNESCO

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12:30 - 13:30h


13:30 - 14:45h


Panel 6

Title: Adult learning and education for climate action

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14:45 - 15:00h


15:00 - 16:00h


Conclusions and next steps 

  • Presentation and Adoption of the Marrakech Framework for Action (MFA)
  • Oral Report by the Rapporteur
  • Implementation and Monitoring of the MFA





  • Practice experience
  • Study visits
  • Cultural events/visits
Pre-conference events
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Youth Forum 'Achieving SDG4 with and for youth'

Prior to the International Conference, the Youth Forum took place virtually on Monday 13 June 2022 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM (GMT+1). The forum provided a platform for young people, in the post COVID-19 context, to engage in a dialogue with intergenerational actors on their needs, priorities, and aspirations regarding their overall state of education.

Private Sector Forum 'Engaging in Adult Learning and Education'

Prior to the International Conference, the Private Sector Forum took place virtually on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 from 12 PM to 3 PM (GMT+1). The forum reflected on the current contributions and best practices of private actors in the provision of Adult Learning and Education (ALE), while it also examined the evolving role of the private sector given our rapidly changing societies.

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Civil Society Forum 'Adult learning and education – Because the future cannot wait'

On Tuesday, 14 June 2022, a Civil Society Organizations Forum, hosted by the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), took place in a hybrid modality as a pre-conference event. The forum gathered representatives of international civil society organizations to review the latest developments in adult learning and education (ALE), discuss challenges and priorities in different world regions, and elaborate from a civil society perspective a set of recommendations for CONFINTEA VII and its outcome document, the Marrakech Framework for Action.

Launch of UIL’s Making Lifelong Learning a Reality: A Handbook

At the Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) internationally launched its publication Making Lifelong Learning a Reality: A Handbook. The Handbook provides information, evidence and basic conceptual models to facilitate the implementation of lifelong learning at national and local levels. It provides evidence from international experience and offers guidelines to operationalize lifelong learning in response of major sustainable development issues, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Handbook is meant as both a source of inspiration and as a guide for policy-makers and for officials responsible for implementing lifelong learning policies. The hybrid launch event provided insights on the main messages of the handbook and illustrated how it can be used in support of national lifelong learning policy initiatives in different contexts.

Date and time: 17 June 2022, 12:30-13:30 GMT+1

Composition of event:

This session featured an opening presentation by UIL’s Director – who also moderated the launch - on the rationale behind the Handbook and the process of its development. Then, there were three keynote presentations which reflected on the Handbook’s content. The four presenters then engaged in a panel discussion, followed by a short question-and-answer session with participants.

  1. Opening presentation by UIL’s Director for 5 minutes
  2. Three keynote presentations for 5 minutes each – approximately 15 minutes in total
  3. A panel discussion comprising the four speakers on a set of questions on the topic – 20 minutes
  4. Q&A - 10 minutes

Total: 45-60 minutes  

Composition of the Panel:

  • Moderator: David Atchoarena, Director of UIL
  • Mr Younes Sekkouri, Minister for Economic Inclusion, Small Business, Employment and Skills, Morocco 
  • Ms Sara Ruto (Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Education, Kenya)
  • Ms Lee Hyejin (Director of the Division of Lifelong Learning Policy, Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea)

Participation: education stakeholders interested in the promotion of lifelong learning, particularly at the national level through policy development (approx. 50-100 people on site and 200-300 online)

Format: Hybrid

Languages:  English and French

Room: Tent Rabat

Livestream Link

LLL Handbook Cover