We are pleased to announce our membership in the International Council for Adult Education

joins with others to:

  • Shed light on major issues in lifelong learning education
  • Advocate for policies and actions to achieve education opportunities for all adults
  • Engage in dialogue, network, and voice perspectives on efforts to develop, maintain, and improve the development of adult learning within the United States and internationally.

During 2016, COLLO sponsored two key events, held in conjunction with the International Council for Adult Education, UNESCO, and UNESCO Commission members in the United States and Canada:

  • COLLO Symposium on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, October 3, 2016
  • North America Regional Consultation on Rethinking Education December 3, 2016

The Symposium

With more than 50 registered, COLLO had virtual and on-site participants from the US, Canada, and other countries representing universities, state and federal agencies, state and national professional organizations, the International Council for Adult Education, consultants, UNESCO and UNESCO Commissions, graduate students and individuals. The symposium was very well received. One participant noted: “You have done a service to the field in getting us to look at these important issues and I look forward to the next steps.”

Symposium Agenda | (PDF Version)
Symposium Resources | (PDF Version)

The Consultation

On December 3, 2016, more than 20 representatives of civil society from the United States and Canada engaged in a dialogue on UNESCO’s recent publication Rethinking Education (2016) on-site in Washington, DC, USA and virtually from throughout North America via WebEx. COLLO’s report describes the process and conveys participants’ responses to questions posed and observations, suggestions and insights related to moving forward in rethinking education. It was presented to the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) to be integrated into a report for UNESCO, synthesizing ideas from five regional dialogues, addressing the same questions and conducted throughout the globe.

Read the Consultation Report

Planning is underway for 2017. Please send your suggestions for high priority issues for COLLO to address to advance adult and lifelong learning to info@thecollo.org

The Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO) was started decades ago as a coalition of organizations working to advance adult and lifelong learning. We have brought together leaders of these organizations to advance knowledge, find common ground, and take collective action to benefit adult learners in areas like access, cost, and removal of barriers to participation in education at all levels.

With the growing importance of adult and continuing education to the United States, COLLO provides a forum for:

COLLO has achieved these goals through awareness building, advocacy, input on and support of legislation at the state and national levels and in collective action where consensus can be achieved.

Member Organizations