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UNESCO Director-General Ms Irina Bokova at CONFINTEA VI - 1/2

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Uploaded on May 30, 2011

The newly-elected Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, emphasised the need to secure stronger political recognition for adult learning and education, which can have a significant impact when integrated into poverty reduction strategies and related social and economic policies.

She argued that it was necessary to agree on concrete recommendations and to translate commitment into comprehensive national policies with a systematic focus on serving the most disadvantaged groups, particularly women and rural populations.

She noted that ‹providing good-quality learning opportunities throughout life is one of the smartest strategies for reducing inequalities and promoting more harmonious and just societies›. To create the conditions in which young people and adults can learn requires greater sensitivity to learners' needs, language and culture, better-trained educators and an all-round culture of quality. Ms Bokova pointed out that this can only be achieved through better coordination between all partners and significantly higher levels of funding, stressing that ‹Investing in adult learning and education is to invest in hope and opportunity. It is part of the way out of the crisis.›

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