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Lifelong Learning in Action: One Woman's Story
Nicole Reid, a fruit and vegetable vendor at Coronation Market in Kingston, Jamaica, is also a lifelong learner who inspires others in her community to pursue education and learning. Discover the impact UIL’s work has on the lives of people like Nicole in our latest video and in our newly published Annual Report.

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In Focus

The UIL family is pleased to welcome interim director David Atchoarena to the Institute.

Mr Atchoarena is a researcher and practitioner of lifelong learning and the Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems at UNESCO HQ. In the following interview, he talks about his passion for education and his vision for lifelong learning.

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Happening soon
Registration for the third International Conference on Learning Cities is open. This year’s conference theme is Global goals, local actions: Towards lifelong learning for all in 2030.

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Registration deadline: 31 August 2017

Fast-tracking literacy in Africa
Strategically mobilizing higher educational and distance-learning resources in sub-Saharan Africa can help accelerate progress towards the achievement of the literacy targets encompassed in SDG4 and ‘Agenda 2063’, the African Union’s (AU) strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the continent. Discover what experts from three AU countries – Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria – had to say at a recent workshop co-organized by UIL in Nairobi, Kenya.

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New issue of IRE out now

This special issue of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning focuses on initiatives that follow a bottom-up approach to education and lifelong learning.

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Please join us in Suwon, South Korea, for the Mid-Term Review of the Sixth International Conference on Adult Learning and Education (CONFINTEA VI). The conference theme is The Power of Adult Learning: Vision 2030.

Date: 25 - 27 October 2017
Information Package (PDF, 415KB)

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New publications
UIL’s latest publication, Learning together across generations: Guidelines for family literacy and learning programmes, highlights the value of an intergenerational approach to literacy and learning. Taken together with a new Policy Brief, Engaging families in literacy and learning, UIL hopes to provide literacy stakeholders with the necessary tools to guide more innovative policies and programmes.


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UIL Alumni Network established

Join the Network to stay informed about the work and current trends on education and lifelong learning from the world's most renowned institute for lifelong learning, UIL.

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#Lifelonglearning2030: more about our work

Seven UIL Honorary Fellows 2017
Recognizing undocumented competences of refugees in Germany
Featuring the Caribbean
Linking adult education and health for sustainable development
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