Global Alliance for Literacy (GAL) within the framework of lifelong learning

Being one of UNESCO’s core mandates ever since the organization’s inception, and one of the unfinished tasks of the MDGs agenda, literacy remains one of the biggest challenge of the global world. It is a prerequisite for the development of personal, social, economic and political empowerment, and Belem Framework for Action gave a set of recommendations related to adult literacy, putting these efforts to the fore.
For ICAE literacy is an indispensable foundation that enables young people and adults to engage in learning opportunities at all stages of the learning continuum and the right to literacy is considered as an inherent part of the right to education. Therefore we have welcomed (together with more than 100 UN and government representatives, donors, national and international non-governmental organizations, representatives of the private sector and experts from 34 countries) the creation of a multi-stakeholder partnership to advance literacy in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – the new Global Alliance for Literacy. This fifteen-year initiative will be based at UIL at Hamburg, and comprise UN specialized agencies and institutes, donors, private sector, civil society and others. Participation in the Alliance will be based on the commitments of those willing to contribute to a coherent action plan designed to foster literacy and sustainable development.
GAL should help Member States make accelerated progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development where literacy plays a direct or indirect role in many of the SDGs and will work toward improving literacy for sustainable development through concrete action and tangible outcomes. GAL will encourage policy coherence, and take action to promote, mobilze, stimulate…

The first meeting of the GAL Core Group was held on 23 May 2016 in Paris. The fact that ICAE was one of the few NGOs invited to take part at the meeting and to be in the Core group is recognition of ICAE’s advocacy work and commitment to literacy issues. At the meeting, 35 Member states, regional organizations, civil society, academia and the private sector recommended a number of activities focused on achieving GAL’s key objectives. These included fostering innovation through the use of ICTs, expanding literacy learning opportunities to all age groups, making literacy learning more relevant by adopting an intersectoral approach and establishing multi-stakeholder partnerships at national and regional levels.

The Core Group recommended that UIL should take preparatory steps required to formally launch the Alliance on 8-9 September 2016 as a part of the International Literacy Day events. The next meeting of the GAL Core Group is scheduled for 7 September.

Katarina Popović
ICAE Secretary General

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