TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - Ministers of education joined this week with
Canadians to celebrate International Adult Learners' Week (IALW 2011).
First established in 2000 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), IALW serves to raise awareness of
the importance of adult learning and its integral role in the lifelong
IALW has been celebrated in Canada since 2002 under the auspices of the
Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Events and activities are organized by
a wealth of stakeholders, from government and non-governmental
organizations (NGOs) to civil society and individuals. For 2011, the
commission has placed particular attention on access, participation,
and inclusion in adult learning programs to meet the needs of all
"Canada's social and economic future lies in the continued educational
growth of its citizens," said Andrew Parkin, Director General of CMEC.
"Whether it is learning a new language, improving our literacy, or
acquiring the skills needed for a new career, adult learning offers us
the chance to grow as individuals and in doing so create positive
change in our homes, communities, and country."
Learn Canada 2020, CMEC's 2008 joint declaration and guiding document, recognizes adult
education as one of the four pillars of lifelong learning and
underscores the value of an a accessible, diversified, and integrated
system of adult learning and skills development.
In preparation for the Sixth Annual Conference on Adult Education
(CONFINTEA VI) which was held in Belém, Brazil, in December 2009, CMEC
produced an overview of provincial and territorial adult education
approaches, The Development and State of the Art of Adult Learning and Education
(ALE), which underscores the active role of Canadian education systems in
providing lifelong learning opportunities.
Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of
education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and
international levels and contributes to the fulfillment of the
constitutional responsibility for education conferred on the provinces
and territories. For more information, visit us at www.cmec.ca.
SOURCE Council of Ministers of Education, Canada
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