Sunday, 20 August, 2017

International Council for Adult Education (I.C.A.E.)

AONTAS is an associate member of the I.C.A.E, which represents the worldwide adult education movement of non-governmental organisations working at the grassroots, national and regional levels.The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) is the international body responsible for lobbying and promoting adult learning on a global scale. It is an important body of which AONTAS is a member. Working with ICAE ensures that we are part of the global adult and community education movement that is committed to adults having equity of access to quality learning opportunities.

Established in 1973, ICAE is a global partnership of adult learners and adult educators and their organizations, and others who promote the use of adult learning as a tool for informed participation of people and sustainable development. In the emergence of knowledge-society the ICAE promotes lifelong learning as a necessary component for people to contribute creatively to their communities and live in independent and democratic societies. Adult and lifelong learning are deeply linked to social, economic and political justice; equality of gender relations; the universal right to learn; living in harmony with the environment; respect for human rights and recognition of cultural diversity, peace and the active involvement of women and men in decisions affecting their lives.

For further information on the work of ICAE please visit their website

International Academy of Lifelong Learning Advocacy (IALLA)

IALLA Group photoParticipants at the IALLA Academy 2007The International Academy of Lifelong Learning Advocacy (IALLA) is a training course for lifelong learning advocacy leaders which is organized by the International Council of Adult Education (ICAE). In its third year, a call for applications was made in April 2007 and from a response of ninety, 30 participants were chosen. The three week course focused on generating a broader vision on adult education within the framework of human rights and active citizenship and developing linkages with the most important globalization issues that affect the world. This global perspective was discussed in relation to the national and local level contexts of the participants that hail from 26 countries.

Montevideo, Uruguay in the southern part of Latin America is home to ICAE and last year's IALLA course, which was held from September 24 - October 12. Niamh O'Reilly attended this course, a feature in Explore Issue 8 outlines her experience.


The Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI), hosted by the Government of Brazil in Belém from 1 to 4 December 2009, provided an important platform for policy dialogue and advocacy on adult learning and non-formal education at global level. The conference brought together UNESCO Member States, United Nations agencies, multi- and bi-lateral cooperation agencies, organisations from civil society, the private sector and learners from all world regions.

The objectives of CONFINTEA VI were:

  • to push forward the recognition of adult learning and education as an important element of and factor conducive to lifelong learning, of which literacy is the foundation;
  • to highlight the crucial role of adult learning and education for the realization of current international education and development agendas (EFA, MDGs, UNLD, LIFE, and DESD); and
  • to renew political momentum and commitment and to develop the tools for implementation in order to move from rhetoric to action.

Important outcomes of the conference include:

The Belem Framework for Action - which was the final adopted document of the conference.

GRALE - 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, 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 intended to be used as a reference document and an advocacy tool, and constituted an input to CONFINTEA VI.