May 2021

Dear readers,

On 19 May 2021, with the adoption of the Berlin Declaration for Sustainable Development (ESD), participants at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD committed to promoting its integration at all levels of education. The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) will support UNESCO Member States in their efforts to turn this commitment into reality.

In this newsletter, you will learn more about ESD in lifelong learning, the launch of a framework for the training of adult educators, our policy support to six countries, and much more.

I hope you enjoy the issue!

David Atchoarena

IN FOCUS: UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development
Lifelong learning is key to solving global challenges and is therefore integral to Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In many parts of the world, however, ESD is still predominantly taught in formal education and schooling and not in the wider community. To address this, UIL hosted a virtual session on 19 May 2021, ‘ESD in lifelong learning’, as part of the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development.
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“We have understood that in order to create a sustainable future for our inhabitants, it is necessary to work on generating learning opportunities from an early age and continuing throughout life, which allow us to empower our society, but also help us to learn for our planet.”

Alexandra Agudelo
Secretary of Education, Medellín, Colombia  

Global Campaign #LearnForOurPlanet ►

Amelie Paassen, Youth Volunteer
Environment Ministry, UNESCO learning city of Hamburg
, Germany ►

Ying Kuang, East China Normal University
UNESCO learning city of Shanghai
, People's Republic of China ►

Matilda Westerlund, Youth Council
UNESCO learning city of Espoo, Finland ►
Learning, caring and engaging: Adult education and sustainable development
The major challenges societies are facing can only be effectively addressed with adults’ learning, caring and engaging, and with robust partnerships across the 2030 Agenda. Yet, poor access to adult learning and education remains one of the great social injustices of our time and there are significant skills gaps that urgently need to be addressed, argues Christiana Nikolitsa-Winter in UIL's latest blog post.
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Adult learning and education
Launch of Curriculum globALE
On 26 May 2021, the German Institute for Adult Education (DIE), DVV International, the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) launched a reference framework for the training of adult educators: Curriculum globALE.
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CONFINTEA VII consultation presentations are online
View presentations and recordings from regional consultations in preparation of the seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) on the UIL website.
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Upcoming regional consultations for the seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII)

Lifelong learning policies
With UIL support, six countries develop their education systems from a lifelong learning perspective
On 21 and 22 April 2021, UIL brought together representatives of six UNESCO Member States – Cambodia, Kenya, Namibia, the People’s Republic of China, the Philippines and Viet Nam – to discuss the development of education systems from a lifelong learning perspective.
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Literacy and basic skills
Case study: Greek Language School educates immigrants, refugees, the repatriated, and other foreigners
The Greek Language School of the Municipality of Neapolis-Sykeon was established in 2009 in an effort to promote literacy development, personal and social empowerment, and lifelong learning among immigrant communities. Since then, it has provided a Modern Greek language curriculum for adult immigrants.
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Call for applications and nominations for the 2021 edition of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes
UNESCO has opened its call for applications and encourages all champions in the field of literacy learning to apply for the prestigious UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. This is also a call for nomination entities to be ready to engage and nominate their preferred candidates from around the world.
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Global Network of Learning Cities
Call for applications: Celebrating cities’ innovation in lifelong learning
UIL is calling for applications for the UNESCO Learning City Award 2021. The award recognizes impactful, creative and innovative lifelong learning strategies and practices at urban level. All 229 members of the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) are invited to apply by 25 June 2021.
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“Learning is the driving force of our citizens' self-realization and the increase of regional competitiveness.”

Jeong-Sub Kim
Mayor of the UNESCO learning city of Gongju, Republic of Korea

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