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What is youth and adult education - today?

Rosa María Torres
Silvio Alvarez - Brazilian artist
In a recent event held in Quito with the participation of education specialists and members of social organizations in Ecuador, I was the only one mentioning youth and adult education.

The objective of the event was to (re)think the national education agenda, in the proximity of national elections leading to a new government.

Everyone made contributions. At the end of the day, the wall was full of coloured cards covering all possible topics and all levels of the education system. Youth and adult education, however, was not there. Relatively absent was also initial education, which is also and mainly adult education since it implies educating parents and caregivers in dealing with young children. As we know, those located at the extremes of the education system - young children, and adults - are generally sidelined in the big picture of education.

The truth is that youth and adult education remains the Cinderella of education policies and is not in the mind of most people and most organizations specialized in education. This, despite the fact that the phrase 'lifelong learning' has been adopted in educational rhetoric worldwide and that the broad education objective within the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG, 2015-2030) speaks of "Ensuring inclusive and quality education for all, and promote lifelong learning".

Lifelong Learning has been introduced and is being promoted as a new education paradigm for several decades now, especially by UNESCO. However, education mentalities and policies have not changed accordingly, and specifically in relation to the education of young people and adults. One may be surprised by:

a) The persistent association of education with childhood, education with education system, and education with schooling.

b) The persistent understanding of youth and adult education as compensatory and second-chance education, addressed to the illiterate, the semi-literate and, in general, those 'lagging behind' in terms of school experience and completion. 

c) The continued association of youth and adult education with non-formal education.

d) The absence of policies and strategies dealing with family education, community education, and citizen education, which imply trans-generational approaches.

e) The use of the term 'lifelong learning' without fully understanding its denotations and connotations, and without a real commitment with the paradigmatic change it entails for the education field.

Lifelong Learning means - literally - learning from the womb to the tomb. Adopting Lifelong Learning as a paradigm implies accepting and understanding that learning begins at home and in early childhood, that childhood is not the only age to learn, that education is much wider than schooling, that formal, non-formal and informal learning complement throughout life, that life is expanding and thus the length and importance of the adult age, that youth and adult education and learning are a fundamental and unavoidable element of any modern education policy today.


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¿Qué es educación de jóvenes y adultos, hoy?

Rosa María Torres
Silvio Alvarez - Artista plástico brasileiro. Collage. Brasil
En un evento reciente realizado en Quito con participación de especialistas en educación y personas provenientes de diversas organizaciones sociales del Ecuador, fui la única que mencionó la educación de jóvenes y adultos.

El objetivo del evento era (re)pensar, colectivamente, una agenda educativa nacional pertinente, en momentos en que el país se apresta a elegir un nuevo gobierno.

Con aportes de todos, a lo largo del día, la pared se fue llenando de tarjetas de colores referidas a todos los temas imaginables y a todas los niveles del sistema educativo. Pero no apareció la educación de jóvenes y adultos. Tampoco tuvo destaque la educación inicial (0 a 6 años), que es también y sobre todo educación de adultos, pues implica informar y educar a madres y padres de familia y a cuidadores en la crianza de los niños. Ya es sabido que quienes se ubican en los extremos del sistema educativo - niños pequeños y personas adultas - tienen generalmente escasa visibilidad e importancia en el panorama educativo.

No sucede solo en el Ecuador. El hecho es que, a nivel mundial, la educación de jóvenes y adultos sigue siendo la Cenicienta de las políticas educativas y sigue no estando en la cabeza de la mayoría de personas. Esto, pese a que la expresión 'aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida' ha pasado a integrarse de lleno a la retórica educativa contemporánea. Esto, incluso entre los organismos internacionales que promueven el 'aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida', y pese a que el objetivo referido a la educación en el marco de los flamantes Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (2015-2030) habla de "Garantizar una educación inclusiva, equitativa y de calidad y promover oportunidades de aprendizaje durante toda la vida para todos".

Como especialista internacional en el campo de la educación de jóvenes y adultos, y en el paradigma del Aprendizaje a lo Largo de la Vida, sigue asombrándome:

a) la persistente reducción de educación a infancia, de educación a sistema educativo, de educación a escolarización.

b) la continuada comprensión de la educación de jóvenes y adultos como educación compensatoria, de segunda oportunidad, destinada solamente a personas analfabetas, con poca escolaridad y, en general, afectadas por algún tipo de 'rezago educativo'.

c) la continuada asociación de educación de jóvenes y adultos con educación no-formal.

d) la ausencia de políticas y estrategias de educación familiar, educación comunitaria, educación ciudadana, que por su propia naturaleza transcienden las edades y suponen, justamente, enfoques trans-generacionales.

e) el uso de la expresión 'aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida' sin entender y asumir cabalmente sus denotaciones y connotaciones, y sin un compromiso real con el cambio paradigmático que esto implicaría al mundo de la educación. 

Aprendizaje a lo largo de la vida significa, literalmente, aprendizaje desde el nacimiento (e incluso desde la gestación) hasta la muerte. Adoptar el Aprendizaje a lo Largo de la Vida como paradigma para la educación en el siglo XXI - como viene proponiendo la UNESCO - implica aceptar y entender que el aprendizaje se inicia en el hogar y en la primera infancia, que la infancia no es la única edad para aprender, que la educación es mucho más amplia que la escolarización, que hay aprendizajes formales, no-formales e informales y que todos ellos son necesarios y se complementan a lo largo de la vida de las personas, que la vida se alarga y con ella la edad adulta, que la educación de jóvenes y adultos es, hoy, elemento fundamental e ineludible de cualquier moderna política educativa.

Latin America: Six decades of education goals


Rosa María Torres

Over the past decades, Latin America and the Caribbean has been the scenario of multiple international initiatives and plans for education: regional, global, hemispheric, and IberoAmerican. The table below shows the successive plans and goals adopted since 1957 and until 2021. So far, none of them has accomplished the proposed goals within the proposed deadlines. (Only Cuba accomplished the four measurable Education for All goals in 2015).

The year 2015 was the deadline for both Education for All (1990-2015) and the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015). A new global agenda was adopted, the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-2030), with 17 objectives and 169 goals much more ambitious for education. (See my comments on SDG - Goal 4).

Six decades were not enough to reach modest primary and basic education goals. Will 15 additional years (2015-2010) manage to achieve more complex and ambitious education goals?


A lo largo de las últimas décadas, América Latina y el Caribe viene siendo escenario de múltiples iniciativas y planes internacionales para la educación, a nivel regional, mundial, hemisférico e iberoamericano. En la tabla (abajo) pueden verse los sucesivos planes y metas adoptados desde 1957 y hasta 2021. Ninguno cumplió hasta hoy las metas propuestas y en los plazos fijados. (Solo Cuba cumplió con las cuatro metas medibles de la Educación para Todos fijadas para 2015).

Concluido el plazo de la Educación para Todos (1990-2015) y de los Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio (2000-2015), en 2015 se adoptaron los Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible (ODS) con 17 objetivos y 169 metas mucho más ambiciosos para la educación hasta el 2030 (Ver mis comentarios sobre los ODS-Objetivo 4). 

En seis décadas no se logró cumplir metas elementales de educación primaria/básica. ¿En 15 años más (2015-2030) se logrará alcanzar metas más complejas y ambiciosas?



1957-1966
(regional)






1980-2000
(regional)


Primer Proyecto Principal sobre la Extensión y el Mejoramiento de la Educación Primaria en América Latina

First Major Project for the Extension and Improvement of Primary Education in Latin America

PPE
- Segundo Proyecto Principal de Educación en América Latina y el Caribe
1. educación general mínima de 8 a 10 años para todos los niños en edad escolar
2. erradicar el analfabetismo
3. introducir las reformas necesarias


MPE - Second Major Project of Education in Latin America and the Caribbean 

- 8 to10 years of schooling for school-age children
- eradicate illiteracy
- introduce the necessary reforms

UNESCO-OREALC
Oficina Regional de la UNESCO para América Latina y el Caribe
Regional UNESCO Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

1990-2000-2015
(global)

EPT
- Educación para Todos

6 metas adoptadas en Jomtien (1990) y en Dakar (2000).

Metas Jomtien:

1.Expansión de la asistencia y actividades de cuidado y desarrollo de la primera infancia, incluidas  intervenciones de la familia y la comunidad, especialmente para los niños pobres, desasistidos e impedidos.
2.
Acceso universal a la educación primaria (o a cualquier nivel más alto considerado "básico") y terminación de la misma, para el año 2000.

3.
Mejoramiento de los resultados del aprendizaje de modo que un porcentaje convenido de una muestra de edad determinada (ej. 80% de los mayores de 14 años) alcance o sobrepase un nivel dado de logros de aprendizaje considerados necesarios.
4.
Reducción de la tasa de analfabetismo adulto a la mitad del nivel de 1990 para el 2000. El grupo de edad adecuado debe determinarse en cada país y hacerse suficiente hincapié en la alfabetización femenina a fin de modificar la desigualdad frecuente entre índices de alfabetización de hombres y mujeres.

5.
Ampliación de los servicios de educación básica y capacitación a otras competencias esenciales necesarias para los jóvenes y los adultos, evaluando la eficacia de los programas en función de la modificación de la conducta y del impacto en la salud, el empleo y la productividad.
6.
Aumento de la adquisición por parte de los individuos y las familias de los conocimientos, capacidades y valores necesarios para vivir mejor y conseguir un desarrollo racional y sostenido por medio de todos los canales de la educación -incluidos los medios de información modernos, otras formas de comunicación tradicionales y
modernas, y la acción social- evaluándose la eficacia de estas intervenciones en función de la modificación de la conducta.

EFA
- Education for All

6 goals adopted in Jomtien (1990) and in Dakar (2000). 

Jomtien goals:

1.
Expansion of early childhood care and development activities, including family and community interventions, especially for poor, disadvantaged and disabled children.

2.
Universal access to, and completion of, primary education (or whatever higher level of education is considered “basic”) by 2000.

3.
Improvement in learning achievement such that an agreed percentage of an appropriate age cohort (e.g. 80% of 14 year-olds) attains or surpasses a defined level of necessary learning achievement.
4.
Reduction in the adult illiteracy rate (the appropriate age cohort to be determined in each country) to, say, one-half its 1990 level by the year 2000, with sufficient emphasis on female literacy to significantly reduce the current disparity between the male and female illiteracy rates.

5.
Expansion of provision of basic education and training in other essential skills required by youth and adults, with programme effectiveness assessed in terms of behavioural changes and impacts on health, employment and productivity.

6.
Increased acquisition by individuals and families of the knowledge, skills and values required for better living and sound and sustainable development, made available through all educational channels including the mass media, other forms of modern and traditional communication, and social action, with effectiveness assessed in terms of  behavioural change.

UNESCO
UNICEF
PNUD
Banco Mundial
UNFPA

1994-2010
(hemisférico, hemispheric)





2015 

Plan de Acción Hemisférico
Metas Educativas de las Américas
Cumbres Hemisféricas o Cumbres de las Américas
Hemispheric Action Plan - Education Goals of the Americas Summits of the Americas


Proyecto de resolución “Construcción de una Agenda Educativa Interamericana: Educación con Equidad para la Prosperidad”  
- Educación de calidad, inclusiva y con equidad.
- Fortalecimiento de la profesión docente.
- Atención integral a la primera infancia.
(acordado en 20/01/2015 y 21/01/2015)



OEA -
Organización de Estados Americanos


OAS
- Organization of American States


2010-2021
(iberoamericano, IberoAmerican)

Metas 2021
Cumbres Iberoamericanas

Meta 1 Reforzar y ampliar la participación de la sociedad en la acción educadora.
Meta 2
Incrementar las oportunidades y la atención educativa a la diversidad de necesidades del alumnado.
Meta 3
Aumentar la oferta de educación inicial y potenciar su carácter educativo.
Meta 4
Universalizar la educación primaria y la secundaria básica y mejorar su calidad.
Meta 5
Ofrecer un currículo significativo que asegure la adquisición de las competencias básicas para el desarrollo personal y el ejercicio de la ciudadanía democrática.
Meta 6
Incrementar la participación de los jóvenes en la educación secundaria superior, la técnico profesional y la universitaria.
Meta 7
Favorecer la conexión entre la educación y el empleo a través de la educación técnico profesional.
Meta 8
Ofrecer a todas las personas oportunidades de educación a lo largo de toda la vida.
Meta 9
Fortalecer la profesión docente.
Meta 10
Ampliar el espacio iberoamericano del conocimiento y fortalecer la investigación científica.
Meta 11
Invertir más e invertir mejor.
 

OEI
- Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos

OIS- Organization of Iberoamerican States

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"Rethinking education" and adult education


Rosa María Torres


UNESCO, together with the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE), is organizing a series of regional consultations coordinated by civil society on the challenges of adult education in the framework of lifelong learning, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Goal 4 specifically: "Ensure
inclusive and equitable quality learning and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all."


The first regional consultation took place in Brasilia on April 25, 2016, at CONFINTEA +6 (International Conference on Adult Education). The book "Rethinking education: Towards a global common good?", published by UNESCO in 2015, was taken as a reference for the consultation. Timothy Ireland and I were invited to comment the book from the adult education perspective and in relation to the three questions posed by ICAE for the consultation:

1. Re-contextualize the right to education of young people and adults within a lifelong learning framework. 

2. Role and practices of civil society to ensure equitable and quality lifelong learning opportunities for young people and adults. 

3. Bridging formal and non-formal education. 

My comments
"This is a contribution to re-visioning education in a changing world and builds on one of UNESCO’s main tasks as a global observatory of social transformation. Its purpose is to stimulate public policy debate focused specifically on education in a changing world. It is a call for dialogue inspired by a humanistic vision of education and development based on principles of respect for life and human dignity, equal rights and social justice, respect for cultural diversity, and international solidarity and shared responsibility, all of which are fundamental aspects of our common humanity" (p. 14. Introduction).
I was a member of the Senior Experts' Group invited by UNESCO's Director General in 2013 with the mission of "Rethinking education in a changing world". The book was a result of this process. I know the process from inside, although I did not participate in the revision of the final document.

The book proposes to re-visit education and adopts two central categories: a humanistic vision of education and education as a common good,
beyond the notion of public good (centered around the State). Both concepts may be of help to rethink adult education, a field that needs profound changes vis a vis past experience and new social realities such as  increased life expectancy of the population worldwide and the Lifelong Learning paradigm. 

1. Low visibility of adult education 


When reading the book with adult education in mind one realizes the little attention given to it throughout the book. Adult education is not present in the Challenges and Tensions of Chapter 1 (Sustainable development: a central concern) and is not mentioned in Chapter 2 (Reaffirming a humanistic approach). The negative repercussions of children's school education problems on adult life and adult education are not complemented with a reflection on the positive repercussions of adult education on children's education and well-being.
"... almost 30 million children are deprived of their right to a basic education, creating generations of uneducated future adults who are too often ignored in development policies. These issues are fundamental challenges for human understanding of others and for social cohesion across the globe." (p. 16)
In fact: policies often ignore that (a) a dysfunctional social system and a dysfunctional school system are responsible for the exclusion of millions of children or for a poor quality education unable to satisfy basic learning needs of millions of children, youth and adults, and (b) only a "two pronged approach" - with children and with adults, in and out of school - can contribute to reduce structural inequalities and poor learning results.

The low profile of adult education is part of the conventional education model. A model that continues to be centered around childhood, despite the lifelong learning rhetoric. A model that ignores the
relationships between child and adult education, and the inter-generational linkages between childhood, adolescence, youth and adulthood in society and especially in the family and the community. In many indigenous cultures education is a family and community practice that is threatened by a school culture that alienates kids from their environment and cultures.
 

The poor attention given to adult education in the Delors Report (1996) was criticized. In fact, this has been the case in all international plans and initiatives.

-
In Education for All (1990-2015), "meeting basic learning needs of children, youth and adults" ended up centered around children and primary education, and the goals that advanced the least were those related to adult education, especially literacy.
- In the Millennium Development Goals (2000-2015), the education goal was ensuring children four years of primary education.

- Again, adult education has a marginal place in Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals
(2015-2030).

In the year 2000, an exVicepresident of ICAE asked if EFA (Education for All) meant
Except for Adults.

2
. The right to education of youth and adults

The book calls the attention on the fact that

"Despite the specific legal obligations related to the various provisions of the right to education, much of the discussion on the right to education has, until recently, focused on schooling, and perhaps even more narrowly on primary schooling. (...) The vast majority of countries worldwide have national legislation that defines periods of schooling as compulsory. Seen from this angle, the principle of the right to basic education is uncontested, as is the role of the state in protecting this principle and ensuring equal opportunity. However, while these principles are relatively uncontested at the level of basic education, there is no general agreement about their applicability at post-basic levels of education" (p. 76)
However, there is a previous problem: the non-recognition of youth and adult education as a right. Traditionally, the right to education has been associated with childhood. The persistence of the child-centered and school-centered educational ideology is the most important obstacle for the development of adult education. Breaking this mentality, through systematic information, communication and citizen education efforts, is crucial to advance and to adopt Lifelong Learning as a new paradigm

Also, we need to overcome two reductionisms: adult education reduced to literacy, and literacy understood as initial, basic literacy. Problems with everyday reading, writing and arithmetics are reported worldwide, and scandalize when they become news. In the last few years, OECD's Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) displays such problems not only in 'developing countries' but also in 'developed countries'. Clear evidence of the profound educational crisis that is rooted in childhood and in school. 

Viewing literacy in the framework of lifelong learning means viewing it as a continuum, in and out of school, and throughout life 

3. Age as a discriminatory factor in education
"Traditional factors of marginalization in education such as gender and urban or rural residence continue to combine with income, language, minority status and disability to create ‘mutually reinforcing disadvantages’, particularly in low-income or conflict-affected countries." (p. 42).
National and international studies and reports mention multiple factors of educational discrimination, but they generally forget to mention age. The association education-childhood is so ingrained that "educability" is not an issue beyond the categories of childhood, adolescence and youth.

In this book, the aspiration of inclusive education does not mention age as a discriminatory factor. There is a reference to third age; however, it is adulthood in general that is at stake in the dispute for the right to education and learning. Let us not forget that adulthood is the longest period in life, and that it is becoming much longer thanks to increasing life expectancy worldwide.


4. Formal and no-formal education

Formal and non-formal education are complementary. However, non-formal education remains in the shadow of formal education, starting with the fact that it is defined by the negative (non-formal).

Adult education has traditionally found in non-formal education a place to deal with its complexities and specificities. Non-formal education
is typically flexible, less structured, better equipped to innovate and to respond to learners' needs and possibilities.
These are strengths, rather than weaknesses, in the education field. It has always been said that the challenge is to de-formalize formal education rather than to formalize non-formal education. 

 
We need to learn to view education and learning as a continuum, where formal, non-formal and informal learning are intertwined throughout life. While learning to cope with formal adult education, we need to improve the quality and the status of non-formal adult education.

The book advocates for open and flexible lifelong learning systems, as proposed by the Delors report in the 1990s. It also promotes recognition and validation of knowledge and competencies acquired through multiples means.
Unfortunately, it does not contribute to understand those multiple ways in terms of the formal, non-formal and informal continuum, and the need for recognition and validation of the latter.


5
. Absence of informal learning


"It is important to note that much of what we learn in life is neither deliberate nor intentional. This informal learning is inherent to all experiences of socialization. The discussion that follows, however, is restricted to learning that is intentional and organized." (p. 17)
The book acknowledges the importance of informal learning - learning that takes place in everyday life. However, it announces that it will take into consideration only organized and intentional learning, that is, formal and non-formal learning. Leaving informal learning aside - learning that starts at birth and accompanies us until death - means leaving out a central component of Lifelong Learning.

On the other hand, there is confusion with the terms informal learning and informal education. The latter does not exist (note that ISCED 2011 refers to formal education, non-formal education and informal learning).

"Education is understood here to mean learning that is deliberate, intentional,
purposeful and organized. Formal and non-formal educational opportunities suppose a certain degree of institutionalization. A great deal of learning, however, is much less institutionalized, if at all, even when it is intentional and deliberate. Such informal education, less organized and structured than either formal or non-formal education, may include learning activities that occur in the work place (for instance, internships), in the local community and in daily life, on a self-directed, family-directed, or socially-directed basis." (p. 17. What is meant by knowledge, learning and education?)
6. The role of State and Civil Society 

Understanding education as a common good may help address old problems linked to the State/civil society distinction. Historically, State and civil society, often working together, have played a key role in adult education. Although we cannot generalize, some of the most innovative and transformative experiences have been on the side of civil society.

Governments are increasingly offering formal education to youth and adults with no or little school experience, although with a deficit and compensatory approach. Terms such as "over-age", "educational lag" or "incomplete schooling" have been added to the youth and adult education field. Critical analyses are needed to expose the misunderstandings and prejudices behind such terms.

Two concerns in relation to "civil society":

a) opening the concept and space of civil society to the for-profit private sector, through corporate foundations that are assimilated as NGOs, and increasing participation of the for-profit private sector in the provision of education and training for young people and adults; and

b) reducing the concept and space of civil society to NGOs. Lists of civil society organizations forget to mention social movements - workers, peasants, women, indigenous peoples, the unemployed, the land-less, etc. A major omission in general and in Latin America in particular, a region with strong and active social movements in most countries.

A renewed and stronger adult education implies (re)incorporating social movements as key subjects participating in relevant bodies and networks, engaged in the definition and implementation of policies, plans and programmes.


7. LifeLong Learning (LLL)

The book highlights Lifelong Learning as the paradigm and organizing principle of education in the 21st century. However, it does not contribute to deepen its understanding.
The book is centered around education much more than around learning as indicated by its title - Rethinkig education - and its subtitle - Towards a global common good?.

The concept of LLL continues to be unclear and little used as an instrument for education and learning policies not only in Latin America but also in other parts of the world. It is often associated with adults and with adult education, even when the term lifelong should make it clear.

The community linked to early childhood development and education, and that linked to child and adolescent education, have not shown interest in LLL - something revealing and that should lead to reflection. Early childhood education and adult education have always been sidelined in national and international policies and goals. Today, early childhood has gained ground and visibility among others thanks to the articulated pressure and alliance of international organizations such as UNICEF and the World Bank, and to a strong raising awareness campaign. Nothing similar has happened in the field of adult education. Inasmuch as LLL continues to be associated with adults and adult education, it will not be understood as such and it will not be incorporated as a new paradigm for education.

Lifelong Learning Policies and Strategies available at UIL-UNESCO's website (documents sent by countries throughout the world) show that: (a) LLL is used in the most varied ways, and (b) the concept is often not properly understood. In Europe, LLL is understood as lifelong learning, covering all ages. In Latin America, Asia and Africa, LLL is generally associated with adults and with the world of work.


8. Alternative knowledge and education systems
"Alternatives to the dominant model of knowledge must be explored. Alternative knowledge systems need to be recognized and properly accounted for, rather than relegated to an inferior status. Societies everywhere can learn a great deal from each other by being more open to the discovery and understanding of other worldviews. There is much to learn, for instance, from rural societies across the world, particularly indigenous ones, about the relationship of human society to the natural environment" (p. 30).
The book emphasizes the importance of alternative knowledge and education systems, and the need to take them into account and preserve them. In our first meeting in Paris, we had an interesting exchange on the topic. I talked about Sumak Kawsay and Sumaq Qamaña (Buen Vivir, in Ecuador and in Bolivia, respectively), inspired in the cosmovision of Andean indigenous cultures. They are not only alternative visions of knowledge and of education, but alternatives to the development paradigm. The book includes a box on this issue. 

The objective is important and valid, but we are far from it. The expert group was integrated by specialists from different regions of the world, but all of us share the Western culture, and the book reflects it. Most bibliographic references and quotes are in English and French. Maybe the greatest contribution of the book is acknowledging the existence and importance of such alternative knowledge systems, and the need to incorporate new and relevant voices to a multicultural dialogue.

* Included in: ICAE, Voices Rising 497


To learn more
» Daviet, Barbara, Revisar el principio de la educación como bien público, Documentos de Trabajo No 17, Investigación y prospectiva en educación, UNESCO, julio 2016
» UNESCO, Rethinking education in a changing world. Meeting of the Senior Experts' Group, Paris, 12-14 February, 2013. Report prepared by the UNESCO Secretariat.

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