“Enhancing Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Youth and Adults in the Caribbean”
In Montego Bay, Jamaica, from June 30 to July 1, 2016, the CONFINTEA VI Sub-Regional Follow-up Meeting for the Caribbean "Enhancing Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Youth and Adults in the Caribbean" was organized by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in collaboration with UNESCO Caribbean Cluster Office in Kingston, the Regional Bureau of Education for Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC/UNESCO Santiago) and the Support of the Jamaican Ministry of Education and the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning.
Shermaine Barrett, ICAE Vice President for the Caribbean Region participated in the panel: "A review and analysis of youth and adult learning policies and practices” and she also chaired the closing session.
The main objective of the Sub-Regional Meeting for the Follow-up of CONFINTEA VI for the Caribbean Region was to bring together ministers and policy-makers, partners and experts from the Caribbean region to review current situation, develop an action plan for the Latin American and Caribbean region and a strategy to further enhance and strengthen adult learning and education from a lifelong learning perspective.
ICAE's objective in this meeting was to ensure that the voice of civil society was heard in the discussions and to contribute to the development of the Sub-Regional Action Plan.
As a concrete result, a Sub-Regional Action Plan was developed for following up the Belem Framework for Action (BFA) and the RALE on the basis of GRALE II and III in the coming years to align literacy and ALE priorities with the Education 2030 Framework for Action.
Taking lifelong learning for youth and adults in the Caribbean from rhetoric to action
Ministers of education, representatives of related ministries, education specialists and civil society representatives from seventeen countries in the Caribbean came together in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for a major sub-regional meeting on youth and adult learning and education. The purpose of the two-day ministerial meeting, which took place on 30 June and 1 July 2016, was to follow up on the implementation of the action areas agreed upon in 2009 at the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) in Belém, Brazil…
Adult Education Deemed Pivotal to Advancing Caribbean Development
State Minister for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has underscored the importance of adult education and lifelong learning to the growth and development of the Caribbean’s economies and people.
Mr. Green noted that while the region boasts documented supporting research, countries must act to ensure this conclusion materializes.
In this regard, the State Minister has endorsed a proposal for speedy implementation of revised United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recommendations for the advancement of adult learning and education.