5th GLOBAL REPORT
ON ADULT LEARNING
CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION: EMPOWERING ADULTS FOR CHANGE
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Russian
Everyone has the right to education.’ As Article 26 of
the Universal Declaration of Human Rights emphasizes, education is a right that is both fundamental and universal. Here, universal means in all countries, for all girls and all boys and – as we often forget – at all ages.
Lifelong learning is not only a right; it is also a crucial asset in facing the social and economic uncertainty and environmental and digital disruption to which we must adapt on an ongoing basis. It is a culture that we must develop if we are to strengthen social cohesion, equal opportunities, gender equality and the economic vitality of our societies.
This Global Report on Adult Learning and Education
(GRALE), the first edition of which was published in
2009, contributes to this goal by providing international reference data to support and inform public policies. This report underlines that the Belém Framework for Action on adult learning and education, the coordination of which Member States entrusted to UNESCO, has generated real momentum over the past decade.