Central Asian Adult education Forum "Community learning centres (CLC): International trends and best practices"

When, local time: 
Thursday, 7 September 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, 9 September 2017 - 4:00pm
Kyrgyzstan, Kara-Oy
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Benete, Lina / l.benete@unesco.org

The Forum explores the role of Community Learning Centres in the provision of lifelong learning and offers a discussion platform for interested specialists working in adult education and lifelong learning fields with an emphasis on non-formal education sector in Central Asia.

This event is organised by UNESCO Almaty and DVV International in cooperation with UNESCO Bangkok and UNESCO Tashkent with expert support of UNESCO Institute for lifelong learning. There are 45-55 representatives (policy- and decision-makers, experts, practitioners) from governmental and non-governmental sectors of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, as well as participants/experts from the following countries: Belarus, Cambodia, Georgia, Germany, Laos, Moldova, South Korea, Ukraine, Vietnam, etc. participating in the Forum.

The Forum will last three days and will be held in a form of plenary sessions with key reports and presentations, panel discussions, group works, and/or other interactive forms on the SDG 4 agenda, global and regional content on lifelong learning, adult education, CLCs, presentations from each country from Central Asia, successful examples from other countries as well as working sessions on developing content for lifelong learning and CLCs.

Central Asian countries assumed responsibility to fulfil the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. In order to attain Sustainable development goal 4 (SDG 4) it is necessary to implement fundamental reforms in the education system. One of the key elements of such reforms is the encouragement to develop a range of diversified educational offers, forms and institutes that can flexibly react to citizens’ needs and ensure their access to education/learning, particularly in remote regions.

In this context, the Community Learning Centre model can become attractive for Central Asian countries. Replication and adaptation of the CLC model can ensure access to learning and education for different groups of population regardless of age, bring education/learning “closer to home”, contribute to economic development by making a location more attractive in terms of human resources for potential investment projects, increase the effectiveness of the existing funding, which would stimulate the development of non-formal education, learning and culture (local centres of culture, youth centres, entrepreneurship support centres, etc.).

CLCs could mainstream 21st century competences, provide education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, multicultural dialogue (SDG target 4.7), develop ICT education, entrepreneurship and TVET-skills to strengthen a link with the labour market, as well as pass national heritage experience from the old to the young generation.