Adult Learning Australia

Adult Learning Australia (ALA) is the national peak body representing organisations and individuals in the adult learning field.

 ALA is a not-for-profit entity with both organisational and individual members in all States and Territories who reflect the diversity of adult and community learning. Website includes reports, publications, links etc.

Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE)

ASPBAE’S fundamental purpose is to defend and advance the rights of adults throughout the Asia-Pacific Region to learn throughout their lives in order to gain control of their destiny.

ASPBAE’s major programme areas are:

  • Adult Literacy for Social Justice and Empowerment
  • Education for Women’s Empowerment
  • Education for Peace and Conflict Prevention
  • Citizenship Education
  • HIV/AIDS Education
  • Indigenous Education
  • Education for Displaced Peoples

ASPBAE offers membership to:

  • Organizations, associations and institutions engaged in adult education within the region
  • Individuals from within and outside the region
  • International Agencies.

ASPBAE has a number of publications on its website and an Electronic Bulletin updates ASPBAE members and friends on events organized by ASPBAE or those that ASPBAE has participated in.

International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)

ICAE is a global partnership of adult learners and adult educators and their organizations. It includes those who promote the use of adult learning as a tool for informed participation of people and sustainable development. In a knowledge-based society the ICAE promotes lifelong learning as a necessary component for people to contribute creatively to their communities and live in independent and democratic societies. Adult and lifelong learning are deeply linked to social, economic and political justice; equality of gender relations; the universal right to learn; living in harmony with the environment; respect for human rights and recognition of cultural diversity, peace and the active involvement of women and men in decisions affecting their lives.

 Convergence is the quarterly journal of ICAE. Subscription information is on the website.

The Seventh World Assembly was held in Nairobi, Kenya in January 2007. 
Information about seminars, publications and reports on events are on the web site.

Learning and Work Institute UK

Learning and Work Institute is a new independent policy and research organisation dedicated to lifelong learning, full employment and inclusion. It brings together over 90 years of combined history and heritage from the ‘National Institute of Adult Continuing Education’ (NIACE) and the ‘Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion’.

UNESCO International Portal

UNESCO – the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization promotes international co-operation among its 191 Member States and six Associate Members in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. UNESCO works to improve education worldwide through technical advice, standard setting, innovative projects, capacity-building and networking. Education for All (EFA) by 2015 guides UNESCO’s action in the field of education.

UNESCO’s educational priorities are:

  • Basic education for all, with special attention being given to literacy, HIV/AIDS prevention education and teacher training in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Secondary education, including technical and vocational education and training as well as science and technology education
  • Promoting quality education, with special reference to values education and teacher training
  • Higher education.

There are two UN decades at present:

  • UN Literacy Decade, 2003 – 2012
  • UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development , 2005 – 2014
  • The Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning was adopted at the fifth International Conference on Adult Education (Hamburg, Germany, 18 July 1997).


The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is the focal point for UNESCO in New Zealand. Within New Zealand, the National Commission is committed to developing effective relations with its stakeholders and the promotion of a fair society and knowledge economy.