December 2021

Dear Reader,

As 2021 comes to a close, I wish to thank all of you for the interest you have shown and the actions you have taken to promote lifelong learning. I would also like to thank the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning’s global partners for their productive alliances over the past 12 months. Together, we have found strong solutions to reinforcing the provision of lifelong learning opportunities for all, despite the challenging environment of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

Looking ahead, 2022 will be an important year for the promotion of lifelong learning and for UIL. Our Institute will celebrate its 70th anniversary; host the Seventh International Conference on Adult Education together with the Government of Morocco in June; welcome once again new cities to our Global Network of Learning Cities; and start working with a new Medium-Term Strategy, which we will share with all of you in January 2022. I look very much forward to engaging closely with many of you for these important initiatives. 

I hope you enjoy reading this last issue of the UIL Bulletin for 2021 and, above all, I wish you a peaceful and happy holiday season! 

David Atchoarena, Director

Call for contributions!
Virtual exhibition: The power of lifelong learning
Promoting a global culture of lifelong learning is key to addressing the challenges facing humanity. As part of UIL’s 70th anniversary in 2022, the Institute will hold a virtual exhibition demonstrating the power of lifelong learning for enacting positive change – and we want you to get involved! Tell us why lifelong learning is important to you and be part of our exhibition. 
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Lifelong learning policies and strategies
Successful conclusion of UIL capacity-building workshop on lifelong learning policies
With the close of the third capacity-building workshop on ‘Strengthening education systems from a lifelong learning perspective’ hosted by UIL and Shanghai Open University, representatives of Lao PDR, the Republic of Kazakhstan and Uganda successfully drafted national lifelong learning policies and implementation strategies. In addition, a team of representatives of open universities across the People’s Republic of China devised a coordinated plan of action for the promotion of lifelong learning.
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Winners of writing contest in German prisons announced
‘The writing contest enabled me to go from just being a number in prison to a human being again,’ said inmate Johannes J., one of the 11 winners of a writing competition staged in prisons throughout Germany. The contest was organized by the German Prison Library Support Group in cooperation with UIL, the Ministry of Justice of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the German reading project KonTEXT in Munich.
Read Johannes’s story, ‘They Call Me Worm’ ►
Lifelong learning opportunities for refugees and migrants
Refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons face many educational challenges in the course of their displacement within and between countries. During a webinar ahead of International Migrants Day, UIL presented its work on skills as a critical success factor for refugees’, migrants’ and internally displaced people’s participation in society.
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Webinar: ‘Family literacy and Indigenous and local learning’
On 9 December 2021, the UNESCO Section for Youth, Literacy and Skills Development along with UIL and the University of East Anglia hosted the webinar  ‘Family literacy and Indigenous and local learning’. Watch a recording of the event to learn more about the latest research, policies and practices related to family and Indigenous literacies, knowledges and intergenerational learning practices. 
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Learning cities
Webinar: ‘Lifelong learning, learning cities and smart cities’
On 2 December 2021, the Asian Development Bank and UIL hosted the webinar ‘Lifelong learning, learning cities and smart cities’. Watch our recording to learn more about the importance of lifelong learning, the gains made in learning cities and smart cities, and the contemporary role of education and skills development in the context of urban areas. 
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International Review of Education

Key factors influencing the maintenance of adult learners’ literacy skills levels: A follow-up study of three participant cohorts of the literacy programme in Cambodia 
Sophat Lang 

Investigating the relationship between teachers’ teaching beliefs and their affinity for lifelong learning: The mediating role of change tendencies 
Cihad Şentürk and Gökhan Baş

Pedagogies for peacebuilding in higher education: How and why should higher education institutions get involved in teaching for peace?
Juliet Millican, Larisa Kasumagić-Kafedžić, François Masabo and Mónica Almanza 

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