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Leading SDG 4 - Education 2030 unesco adult education

DefinitionEducation specifically targeting individuals who are regarded as adults by the society to which they belong to improve their technical or professional qualifications, further develop their abilities, enrich their knowledge with the purpose to complete a level of formal education, or to acquire knowledge, skills and competencies in a new field or to refresh or update.

Adult learning and education (ALE) can help tackle pressing economic, social and environmental challenges. Yet, too many adults still lack adequate learning opportunities. Promoting stronger ALE policies and practices in UNESCO Member States is a core mission of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong.

UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Since the start of the Syria crisis in 2011, millions of Syrian children and young people have sought refuge in neighbouring Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Education transforms lives and is at the heart of UNESCO’s mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development. UNESCO believes that education is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality.