More to be done to boost adult learning: Unesco

7 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Mentioning that Bangladesh has made significant progress in adult learning and education even though challenges were vast, an official of the Unesco Institute of Lifelong Learning (UIL) has said further policy development, adequate financing and quality development are necessary to continue along this successful path, reports UNB.

“Only a systematic approach to adult learning and education will lead to successful learning outcomes for all adults. Bangladesh has come a long way and can celebrate major achievements,” said Werner Mauch, Team Leader of Monitoring and Assessment of UIL. He was making comments on a report which spotlighted the literacy rate amongst Bangladesh’s rural and urban populations by gender.

Around 58 percent urban and 40 percent rural males above 60 years of age in Bangladesh are literate while the rate is only 24 percent and 12 percent for females over 60 years of age respectively, according to the Unesco report.

However, the disparity has been addressed in newer generations, with a literacy rate of 80 percent and 74 percent amongst urban and rural boys aged 10-14 while 83 percent urban and 81 percent rural girls from the age group are literate, said the 4th Unesco Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE-4) published on Thursday.

Werner Mauch said Bangladesh currently invests 2–3.9 percent of its education budget into adult learning and education. “To reach all of those who have not benefited from school education, budget increases are necessary.” Great strides have been made in terms of literacy but more is still to be done, he said, adding that valuable efforts made so far with regard to literacy need to be intensified.