The main international civil society gathering in Adult Lifelong Learning and Education

The ICAE World Assembly is the main civil society event that brings together youth and adult educators, along with learners from around the world every four years.  It is a celebration of the importance of adult education for the construction of just and equitable societies.

Main objectives

  • To provide a collective space to strongly affirm the right to education and lifelong learning for all and its key role in enabling citizens to build more democratic, inclusive, just and environmentally sustainable world.
  • To review priorities for lifelong learning and education, and to develop strategies for action at a global, regional and local level.

Main themes

ICAE, working with the Institut de coopération pour l'éducation des adultes (ICEA) its local partner and host, has decided on five principal themes for the conference.  All along the Assembly, these themes will be developed through panels,seminars, workshops, keynote speeches, presentation of papers and applied theatre.

  1. Right to education and lifelong learning for all, beyond 2015 – Identifying strategies to turn global targets to be agreed in the World Education Forum in Korea and UN Summit on Sustainable Development in New York in 2015 into practical local action, and the contribution of civil society organisations to that process. Identifying strategies to secure universal adult literacy, and the role of civil society in delivering and monitoring provision.
  2. Capacity building for advocacy – identifying skills needed, and mechanisms for sharing experiences; drawing on civil society organizations’ practices around the world, reflecting on CSO advocacy strategies and identifying priorities for local, regional and global advocacy; and how best to bring out local experience effectively to regional and global advocacy.
  3. Role of adult learning and education for sustainable development – thematic priorities to respond to multiple crisis at local, regional and global level in the context of a globalizing world marked by rapid changes in the economy, governance, labour market and climate; reflecting the need for a paradigm shift in setting alternative agenda.
  4. Adult learning and education, power relations and community engagement – Reviewing educational strategies that work to secure decent work and gender equality, challenging realigning power relations in order to end all forms of discrimination at the level of families, communities, workplaces and governance.
  5. Quality inclusive education for all - capacity building and preparation of teachers/ facilitators in adult education for transformation; the enhancement of quality provision; improvement of curricula; and participatory teaching and learning strategies and methods, for every human being to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes and values necessary to shape a sustainable future.

Front page of the ICAE WA printable leafletPlenary sessions will have translation facilities in English, French and Spanish.  Workshops will where possible be bi- or tri-lingual, and the language of sessions will be clearly identified in the final programme.
In connection with the World Assembly ICAE will hold its General Assembly on Sunday 14 June. ICEA, in partnership with Université de Montréal, will support this event.

You can download the brochure in pdf format below.


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