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UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education

“The 2015 Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (ALE) supersedes the 1976 Recommendation and is therefore the most up-to-date and comprehensive tool for ALE decision-makers, researchers, practitioners from governmental and civil society organizations, and other stakeholders around the globe. Taking into account the rapidly changing world in which we live, the Recommendation sets out guiding principles for promoting and developing ALE in UNESCO’s Member States.


The 2015 Recommendation takes a comprehensive and systematic approach to ALE, defining three key domains of learning and skills: literacy and basic skills; continuing education and vocational skills; as well as liberal, popular and community education and citizenship skills. It also describes five transversal areas of action: policy; governance; financing; participation, inclusion and equity; and quality.” (p.3)