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Global Education and UNESCO

Explain how adult education is susceptible to current global economic and political changes. Seek to establish clear connections between specific economic and political changes, on one hand, and specific trends or issues in adult education, on the other hand. Also, identify particular gaps in your knowledge as you analyze the relationship between global changes occurring in the field of adult education and local changes you experience on the ground. Determine what you would need to know to fill these gaps. I am supposed to use the following as one of my references.

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Adult education is susceptible to current global changes because in many areas, adult education governance is still under-developed. There is a clear need for programs to be in place that will assist adults to learn more about literacy and the emerging knowledge that can be directly applied to their work and community. But when you examine the 2009 Global Report On Adult Learning and Education as submitted to UNESCO, as reported by various participating countries, the specific laws that will provide the principles and goals of adult education programs are frequently not there. The report also indicates that frameworks, that is, the clear definitions of the responsibilities that should be met and the funding sources to fulfill those responsibilities, are not available. This does not make it easy to find out who is accountable for carrying out the adult educational development plans in a country. (Executive Summary, 2009, p 4)

Concerning the effect that current economic changes have on adult education, statistics show a positive correlation. For instance, the first Europe-wide adult education survey, was conducted 2005-2006, and it covered 29 countries The results revealed an average adult education participation rate of 35.7%, with some wide variations. Sweden had a rate of 73.4%. Another positive correlation shows that when adults participate in education programs, the country's level of economic development increases, ...

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This is a summary of the report to UNESCO about the lifelong learning efforts of 29 countries, and the impact that current economic, political and other changes are having on adult education initiatives.