Global Action Week: Youth and Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning

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Global Action Week: Youth and Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning


The annual observance of Global Action Week (GAW) is led by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) whose membership includes a broad spectrum of non-government organizations and trade union organizations that are active on education-related issues, one of which is Education International.The theme of the Seventh Education for All (EFA) GAW celebration is “Youth and Adult Literacy and Lifelong Learning.’’ The weeklong observance precedes one of the major global education events sponsored by the United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (Confintea) that will be held in Brazil in May this year. UNESCO leads the global EFA movement that aims to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults, by 2015.The continued expansion of formal education has significantly contributed to the decline in the global number of illiterate youth and adults and has increased global youth literacy rate from 83.5 to 89 percent. The global adult literacy rate stands at 83.6 percent, of which 80 percent is concentrated in 20 countries.

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