5 March 2020
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Dear readers,
In March 2020, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) launched a new activity on the contribution of universities to lifelong learning. Universities have a vast potential to promote lifelong learning, in particular by opening up access to new categories of learners and by engaging with the community. In spite of its relevance for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this topic does not attract sufficient research and policy attention.

In the past, UIL published two studies addressing the issue from a comparative perspective (2015) and with a focus on distance learning for adult learners (2016). This new initiative, undertaken by UIL in partnership with the Shanghai Open University and with the collaboration of the International Association of Universities, aims to provide a global perspective, five years after the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will result in the identification of good practice throughout the world and the formulation of recommendations to inform policy-making at national level as well as universities’ strategies.

This issue of the UIL Bulletin will tell you more about this new initiative. It also offers an update on the activities of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities as well as reflections on the importance of multilingualism in education, the need for a new generation of adult learning and education policies, and the potential of global citizenship education for promoting the SDGs.

Wishing you good reading!

David Atchoarena

IN FOCUS: Multilingualism in education
International Mother Language Day 2020
In a world increasingly globalized, multilingualism is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Supported by mother tongue-based multilingual education, linguistic diversity brings benefits to learners but also to society as a whole. Hence, growing evidence suggests that multilingualism can effectively contribute to sustainable development and peace.
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
From 1 March to 30 April 2020, cities from around the world can apply for membership in the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities. Members benefit from sharing of policies and practices, exchange of knowledge, capacity building initiatives, and participation in global events. Learn more.
In our interview Raphaël Cognet, Mayor of Mantes-la-Jolie, and Pierre Bédier, President of the Yvelines Departmental Council, France, explain how their UNESCO learning city works and how they seek to promote inclusiveness though lifelong learning. Learn more.
Discover how education improves the quality of life in Gdynia, Poland, in our multimedia story. The city joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in 2019 and has since then strengthened coordination of learning programmes to make lifelong learning a reality for all.Learn more.
Espoo, in Finland, was one of 12 cities to receive the UNESCO Learning City Award at the second International Conference on Learning Cities in Mexico in 2015. In the latest UIL blog, Annica Isacsson and Annika Forstén explain what makes Espoo special. Learn more.
Lifelong learning policies

On 4 and 5 February 2020, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning hosted a high-level meeting, where the role of universities in promoting lifelong learning was discussed. Find out more about what experts from universities, university associations, along with UNESCO representatives, have to say about enabling conditions and barriers to universities’ engagement in lifelong learning.

Learn more.
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