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December 2022

Dear Reader,

The past year has been a decisive one for the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). Together with the Kingdom of Morocco, the Institute organized the landmark Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) in June 2022, wherein over 140 UNESCO Member States from across the globe committed to making adult learning and education a reality for all.

This year also marked UIL’s 70th anniversary. As part of the two-day celebration, the Institute showcased its achievements over the past seven decades and affirmed its objective to promote the intrinsicality of lifelong learning for solving some of our greatest global challenges. 

I wish to personally thank you for your continued engagement with, interest in and support of UIL’s work in 2022, and I look forward to working with you to advance lifelong learning for all in 2023.

Season’s greetings and best wishes for the new year.

David Atchoarena
Director, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

2022 Milestones
Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII)
From 15 to 17 June 2022, participants from all world regions came together for the Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) in Marrakech, Kingdom of Morocco. They took stock of achievements in adult learning and education, discussed challenges, and developed a new framework for action to make adult learning and education a reality around the world. CONFINTEA VII was hosted by the Kingdom of Morocco and co-organized with UNESCO.
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Our stories

Ruqaia from Egypt: Adult learning was my ticket to life
Ruqaia (40) is from a rural tribal community in Egypt, where girls are expected to get married in early adolescence and devote their lives to raising children. Ruqaia viewed education of women and girls as key to solving many of the problems 
in her society.

Learn more about Ruqaia’s learning journey

Addressing the rural gender divide in Kenya
Before Elizabeth (55) began adult education, her life was typical of many women in rural Kenya. She was a housewife in West Pokot County and spent the majority of her time looking after her children. Read our story to learn more about Elizabeth’s learning journey!

Discover Elizabeth's learning journey
70 years of UIL
UIL Director David Atchoarena (right) welcomes UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini (centre) and First Mayor of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher (left) to UIL’s 70th anniversary celebration in Hamburg.
High-level guests and partners from around the world celebrated the 70th anniversary of UIL from 26 to 27 October 2022 in Hamburg, Germany, and online. As the only institute in the United Nations system wholly devoted to lifelong learning, UIL has, for the past seven decades, successfully supported Member States in developing policies and practices to provide everyone with a chance to learn.  
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77 new UNESCO learning cities
This year, in recognition of their outstanding efforts to promote lifelong learning for all at the local level, an incredible 77 cities from 44 countries joined the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), including 16 cities in Africa, thereby further strengthening the network’s reach in the region. A total of 294 cities from around the world are now part of the network, where they share inspiration, know-how and best practice. 
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Our stories

How lifelong learning made Pat believe in himself
At almost 60 years of age, Pat Fitzsimons graduated  from college. The learning opportunities provided to Pat by the UNESCO Learning City of Dublin, Ireland, have changed his life. The right to education, regardless of age, became a reality for him.

Discover Pat's learning path

'We can only break the poverty cycle through education'
For Rodney Naidoo, a teacher in the UNESCO Learning City of Durban, South Africa, helping the most vulnerable students is more than a career, it’s a birthright.

Learn more about Rodney's work
New publications
Now available in French

Leveraging innovative technology in literacy and education programmes for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons


 
Now available in Spanish

From radio to artificial intelligence: review of innovative technology in literacy and education for refugees, migrants and internally displaced persons


 
International Review of Education
Editor's monthly choice

Examining barriers to participation in further and continuing education in Germany: Why a regional perspective is (still) important
Thomas Howard Morris, Bastian Steinmüller, Matthias Rohs
  
School attainment, family background and non-curricular activities: Reproduction of or compensation for social inequality?
Rafael Merino, Albert Sánchez-Gelabert, Arnau Palou
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