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For the first time, an open alliance of ALE partners created and accepted a common global definition and a vision of adult learning and education. This includes three key domains of learning and skills: literacy and basic skills, continuing education and vocational skills, including liberal, popular and community education and citizenship skills, for youth and adults including the elderly.

The ALE campaign strives to unite ALE advocates, organisations, and practitioners including health, workplaces, communities, universities, and media, to support the campaign and together strive for a healthier planet and a better world.

We call on you to join us in this 5 year global campaign!


The ultimate goal of ALE is to ensure that adults, throughout their lives, can participate fully in societies, including the world of work. ALE includes three key domains of learning and skills: literacy and basic skills, continuing education and vocational skills, and liberal, popular and community education and citizenship skills.

ALE enables people to develop the necessary capabilities to exercise and realize their rights and take control of their destinies. It promotes personal and professional development, thereby supporting more active engagement by adults with their societies, communities and environments. It fosters environmental and inclusive economic well-being and decent work. It is therefore a crucial tool in alleviating poverty, improving health and well-being and contributing to sustainable learning societies.” This definition is based on the UNESCO Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (RALE).


ALE is a powerful driver for justice, well-being and change. ALE offers flexible quality learning and education opportunities. It is accessible to all youth and adults, throughout the life course. ALE is responsive to the needs of individuals and groups in different life contexts and learning environments. ALE enables people to strive for a better life, decent work and a healthy planet. ALE is a human right.


“We are a global alliance of the main international actors in the field of Adult Learning and Education. We believe in the fundamental importance of ALE for achieving a healthy planet and a better world. By working together in the promotion of ALE as a global brand, we advocate for greater involvement and investment in ALE by governments, donors, private sector, international organizations and social movements.”

Bangkok Declaration 2019

Founding Partners of this campaign

AAACE – American Association for Adult and Continuing Education

Al Makassed Philanthropic Islamic Association of Beirut

ASPBAE – Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education

CASAE – Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education

CEAAL – Council for Popular Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

CLADE – Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education

COLLO – Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations

DVV International – Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (DVV)

EAEA – European Association for the Education of Adults

ICAE – International Council for Adult Education

ICEA – Institut de coopération pour l’éducation des adultes

JACAE – Jamaican Council for Adult Education

Pamoja West Africa – West African Network of Reflect practitioners

PIMA – Pascal International Members Association

REPEM – Red de Educación Popular entre Mujeres