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The first-ever Global Report on Adult Learning and Education is based on 154 National Reports submitted by UNESCO Member States on the state of adult learning and education as well as five regional synthesis reports and secondary literature. Its purpose is to provide an overview of trends in adult learning and education as well as to identify key challenges. It is an important reference document and an advocacy tool, and served as input to CONFINTEA VI.

Chapter 1 examines how adult education is considered in the international educational and development policy agenda, Chapter 2 presents developments in policy and governance, Chapter 3 describes the range of provision of adult education and offers a typology for understanding the variety of provision in the sector, Chapter 4 reviews patterns of participation and access to adult education,Chapter 5 deals with quality in adult education, and Chapter 6 appraises the current state of financing of adult education. A concluding section provides an overview of trends and challenges.



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