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Webinar Outcomes: Enhancing national capacities for monitoring adult learning and education

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27 August 2020

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), in cooperation with DVV International and the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), held a series of seven regional webinars on Enhancing national capacities for monitoring adult learning and education from 21 July 2020 to 29 July 2020. One of the key objectives was to engage key stakeholders in the process of data collection for more comprehensive national, regional and global assessment of adult learning and education (ALE). This feeds into the preparation of the forthcoming fifth edition of the Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 5).

Since comprehensive data is necessary to provide a thorough understanding of adult learning and education, UIL aims to further increase the number of countries participating in the GRALE survey, which stood at 159 UNESCO Member States for GRALE 4, as well as their capacity to provide related quality data. It is expected that these webinars will have helped to clarify the related process of the GRALE 5 survey and drive an increase in the number of participating Member States.

The webinars brought together ALE stakeholders and official focal points designated by their respective country’s National Commission for UNESCO to coordinate the national responses to the GRALE 5 survey. After welcoming remarks by the organizers and a comprehensive presentation by UIL on GRALE in relation to CONFINTEA and in light of the SDGs, a lively discussion followed in which all participants were encouraged to share their queries and recommendations with the UIL GRALE team.

The discussions during the webinars contributed to a better understanding while addressing key concerns related to monitoring and evaluation of ALE within GRALE 5. Among the three key issues discussed were: ensuring data accuracy and comparability; strengthening national consultation; and clarifying ALE concepts mentioned in the BFA and RALE.

Concerning data accuracy and comparability, UIL encouraged countries to continue contributing with their nationally available ALE data according to their best knowledge and capacities by ensuring that the data sources were appropriately referenced and publicly available. In relation to strengthening consultation between focal points and stakeholders, including civil society, the UIL GRALE team encouraged focal points to make use of various channels available. Accordingly, the GRALE team will also foster exchange by forwarding communication received to the respective focal points.

Each regional webinar was followed by closed sessions addressed to national focal points, in order to introduce the mechanism of the GRALE 5 survey, and allow further technical and procedural inquiries into the survey. Some countries have already initiated comprehensive follow-up activities. In Egypt, for example, the National Adult Learning and Education Authority launched a series of consultation meetings on 16 August with various governmental and NGO stakeholders, as well as UNESCO staff, to consult on the GRALE 5 survey and enhance monitoring mechanisms for ALE.

The series of the UIL webinars is scheduled to continue in September. GRALE 5 will be launched at the seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) in Morocco in 2022.

Background

Published every three years, GRALE monitors the progress of Member States against the Belém Framework for Action and the Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education, by collecting information through the GRALE survey, and providing an overview of emerging trends and challenges in the field of adult learning and education.

 

Presentations and recordings

Europe and North America

21 July 2020, 13:00-15:00h CEST

Overview presentation 

Webinar recording

Africa (French)

22 July 2020, 14:00-16:00h CEST

Overview presentation

Webinar recording

Asia and Pacific

23 July 2020, 08:00-10:00h CEST

Overview presentation

Webinar recording

Africa (English)

24 July 2020, 14:00-16:00h CEST

Overview presentation

Webinar recording

Arab States

27 July 2020, 14:00-16:00h CEST

Overview presentation

Webinar recording

Latin America and the Caribbean (English)

28 July 2020, 15:00-17:00h CEST

Overview presentation  

Webinar recording

Latin America and the Caribbean (Spanish)

29 July 2020, 15:00-17:00h CEST

Overview presentation

Webinar recording