Meeting of experts from Latin America and the Caribbean on literacy and adult education. Literacy and sustainable societies: putting the vision of literacy for 2030 in Latin America and the Caribbean into action

When, local time: 
Thursday, 26 November 2015 - 9:00am to Friday, 27 November 2015 - 6:00pm
Where: 
Montevideo
Type of Event: 
Консультативное совещание

The UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, together with the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, will gather selected experts of the region in Uruguay to analyze literacy and lifelong learning as a way of building sustainable societies.
The UNESCO Regional Office for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean, together with the Organization’s Headquarters in Paris, will gather selected experts of the region in Uruguay to analyze literacy and lifelong learning as a way of building sustainable societies.

Thirty-six million youth and adults in Latin America and the Caribbean are illiterate. This represents 9% of the total population of the region. Of these people, only 2.5 million are enrolled in literacy programmes, covering 8% of the potential demand: this is clearly insufficient for the needs of the continent. Although a variety of literacy programmes are available, the existence of a serious drop-out problem is evident, among other challenges.

In order to address this, good practices on literacy policies and education programmes for youth and adults have been implemented. However, critical problems and challenges remain, relating to many factors.

With these realities and needs in mind, participants at this meeting of experts are invited to collectively reflect on the progress and challenges that adult literacy and education face in the region. Another goal of the event is to contribute to developing an action plan for beyond 2015.

The event also aims to share knowledge and build a better understanding of the contributions of literacy and education of youth and adults for skills development and sustainable societies, within the perspective of lifelong learning. Information will also be given on the future work of UNESCO in the region on these issues, and possible areas of regional collaboration will be identified in line with the new 2030 Education Agenda and the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI).

Topics for discussion will include:

• Literacy and youth and adult education (YAE) within the framework of lifelong learning
• Regional contexts in literacy and YAE: progress since CONFINTEA VI, pending challenges, critical issues
• Research and monitoring of learning throughout life: problems for its implementation in literacy and YAE.
• Contributions of literacy and YAE in non-formal education.