UNESCO welcomes Morocco's renewed commitment to education

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Audrey Azoulay, welcomed Wednesday in Marrakech, Morocco’s renewed commitment to education.

“By hosting this important Conference, the Kingdom of Morocco is once again demonstrating its commitment to education and to UNESCO”, affirmed Audrey Azoulay who participated via videoconference, in the opening of the work of the 7th International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII), placed under the theme “learning and adult education for sustainable development: A Transformative Agenda”.

This conference of global scope registered “in a long tradition which has seen the achievement of great collective progress”proposes to “bring together the international community to advance the right to adult education”, recalled Audrey Azoulay, noting that adult education is a “essential lever to move forward together towards the sustainable development goals and towards the green transition”.

While specifying, with supporting figures, that more than 770 million adults and 126 million young people in the world cannot read or write a simple sentence, and that 2/3 of these people are women, Audrey Azoulay estimated that “the whole social fabric is threatened, as well as our ability to progress together”.

In this regard, the Director-General of UNESCO called for the continuation and strengthening of efforts to ensure the generalization of adult education, highlighting the importance of citizenship education in the context of adult learning and education.

Co-organized by the Government of the Kingdom of Morocco and UNESCO, under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI, this global conference brings together stakeholders from around the world to shape the future of learning and education. adult education over the next decade.

It is an opportunity to examine effective adult learning and education policies from a lifelong learning perspective under conditions that contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, adopted in 2015.

It should be noted that the opening ceremony of this conference was marked by a Royal Message addressed by King Mohammed VI to the participants and read out by the Head of Government, Aziz Akhannouch.

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