The Marrakesh Framework for Action (MFA) has been adopted unanimously by more than 140 UNESCO member states during the closing of CONFINTEA VII today! We secured important wins as we have strongly advocated for the CSO positions in the Drafting Committee, particularly in strengthening commitments to:
- Increasing public funding and resource mobilisation for ALE and preventing regression in existing budget allocations, as well as progressively meeting the international benchmarks of an allocation of at least 4-6% of GDP and/or at least 15-20% of total public expenditure to education.
- Working towards filling the funding gap to meet the SDG 4 adult literacy targets and to integrate skills training through the fulfilment of existing commitments related to official development assistance (ODA), including the commitments by many developed countries to achieve the target of 0.7 per cent of the gross national product (GNP) for ODA to developing countries.
Secretary-Generals Katarina Popovic and Helen Dabu from ASPBAE strongly put forward the key CSO recommendations to the CONFINTEAVII Drafting Committee Meeting on the MFA.
The Action Plan will be the central policy document for adult learning and education (ALE) worldwide over the next 12 years, and calls for, among other things, equal access to education for all for significantly increased participation in adult education, the promotion of climate learning and GCE, and increased funding levels for adult education (15-20% of total public expenditure on education for adult education).
Thank you to all CSO colleagues that have supported us in all the advocacy affords! Please continue these efforts by dissaminating the MFA in your regions, networks, at events, etc. We need to hold member states accountable for the commitments made today in Marrakech!