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May 2023

Dear Reader,

Welcome to this month’s edition of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) newsletter. Here you will find information about the follow-up process to the Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII), the call for membership for the UNESCO Global Network of Learning cities, stories about learning cities and much more.

I wish you an enjoyable read.

David Atchoarena
Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning


Inclusive Lifelong Learning Conference
From 3 to 6 July 2023, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) together with the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia will organize the ‘Conference on Inclusive Lifelong Learning’ in Bali, Republic of Indonesia. Approximately 300 conference participants from 70 countries will discuss the implementation of the Marrakech Framework for Action, adopted at the Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII).
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'The key factor of a nation's development lies in a high-quality workforce; that is the reason why upskilling and reskilling (adult learning) has become a top governmental priority. We are blessed with abundant natural resources. But without proper management from highly skilled human resources, this means nothing. In fact, as we have plenty of natural resources and are supported with high-quality people, our workforce is what drives Indonesia to become bigger than ever.’

Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia
Blog post: Creating upskilling opportunities for 144 million Indonesians
Ahead of the Inclusive Lifelong Learning Conference, to be hosted by the Government of Indonesia and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning from 3 to 6 July 2023 in Bali, Indonesia, Denni P Purbasari, Executive Director at Kartu Prakerja, explains how training and upskilling initiatives are changing lives in Indonesia.
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CONFINTEA VII Follow-up Meetings
UIL together with regional UNESCO offices will host a series of regional conferences to discuss the implementation of the Marrakech Framework for Action. The conferences aim to identify tools and mechanisms to establish inclusive lifelong learning systems, with a focus on equity and inclusion. Participants will analyse gaps, priorities and needs, identify good practices and innovations, and agree on a regional follow-up mechanism to drive adult learning and education and track progress of MFA implementation.

Networks and partnerships
Join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities!
Applications for the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) are open up to 31 May 2023. The GNLC is an international policy-oriented network providing inspiration, know-how and best practice. Members benefit from the sharing of lifelong learning policies and practices, the production and exchange of knowledge on key challenges and solutions, capacity-building and training initiatives, and participation in global events.
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Educational planning in German cities
A webinar series to strengthen educational planning and management in Germany and beyond kicked off in April. Building on the experiences in Germany and in UNESCO learning cities around the world, the series hosted by UIL and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF), provides a platform for cities to engage in an international exchange on the challenges, instruments and benefits of educational planning and management.
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Event: Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Solutions in Arab Learning Cities
To discuss how to promote inclusive lifelong learning in Arab cities, the conference ‘Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Solutions in Arab Learning Cities’ will convene more than 50 participants, among them representatives of UNESCO Learning Cities in the region, mayors, local authorities, experts, UNESCO National Commissions and other stakeholders on 10 and 11 May 2023 in the UNESCO Learning City of Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
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UIL supports launch of prison library project in the Philippines
Prison libraries are key to ensuring the right to education of inmates. However, only 32 per cent of jails in the Philippines have any books for prisoners to read. To help remedy this situation, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) supported the launch of ‘Read Your Way Out: Advancing Prison Reform through Libraries for Lifelong Learning in Places of Detention’, a project run by the Criminal Justice Team of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in the Philippines. 
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‘Read Your Way Out’: How reading can reduce a prison sentence
Prisoners have a right to access education, including the use of prison library services, but this is frequently overlooked or disregarded. In our latest blog post, UIL Chief Librarian Lisa Krolak shares her experiences with initiatives that help inmates to reduce their prison sentence by reading books and using library services.
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