Conforming to the recommendations made by 144 governments at the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) in 2009, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) has developed a reporting template with the support of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) and other experts.
The template, available in English, French and Spanish, solicits data for the key areas identified in the Belém Framework for Action – policy, governance, finance, participation and quality. The information gathered will provide background material for the next Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE) in 2012, which will be part of UNESCO’s triennial international monitoring report series in adult education.
The need for valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data to inform policy-making has been underlined repeatedly. However, consistent and comparable data of good quality on adult education in UNESCO Member States are scarce. It is anticipated that the national reports based on this template will contribute to generating the much-needed data to show progress in the field.
Since the Bélem Framework for Action reiterates the fundamental role of literacy in adult education, and as the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) comes to an end in 2013, the special thematic focus of the forthcoming edition of GRALE is adult literacy.
The template is being directed to all UNESCO National Commissions. To complete the template and validate the data, Member States are requested to bring together the widest possible range of stakeholders. The template is accompanied by explanatory notes which aim to provide further clarification regarding the reporting procedure.
Member States are asked to submit their national progress reports to UIL by the end of February 2012.