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"Adult Learning and Education (ALE) – Because the future cannot wait" - a contribution from the International Council for Adult Education

Adult Learning and Education (ALE) –  Because the future cannot wait

The Futures of Education initiative is catalyzing a global debate on how knowledge and learning need to be reimagined in a world of increasing complexity, uncertainty, and precarity. Inputs from individuals, networks, and organizations will inform the work of the International Commission and shape the global debate. 

The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) has recently taken part in the global discussion on the futures of education by publishing a report entitled "Adult Learning and Education (ALE) - Because the future cannot wait". This global network has the specific mandate to advocate for youth and adult learning and education (ALE) as a universal human right. It was created in 1973 and has 7 regional bodies (Africa, Arab Region, Asia, Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and North America) representing more than 800 NGOs – regional, national and sectoral networks – in more than 75 countries.

Adult Learning and Education (ALE) supports and enables
people to understand change, to cope with change,
to respond to change and to transform ourselves and our world.

In its introduction, ICAE declares: "We strongly argue for a future of education built upon inclusive and equitable quality learning opportunities and outcomes, across the lifespan. The lifespan includes adult learning in all its many and creative manifestations, in work and life, formal, non-formal and informal. This paper therefore examines how ALE is essential if our world is to be a better place.

We invite you to learn more about ICAE's work on their website as well as to consult their contribution to the Futures of Education initiative "Adult Learning and Education (ALE) - Because the future cannot wait".


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