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Marrakech Framework for Action: Connecting to Global Initiatives for Lifelong Learning and Adult Education

The Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations (COLLO)…

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.

COLLO acts to provide members with ways to influence international and national polices on lifelong learning and adult education.

Working with the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and UNESCO, COLLO provided opportunities for members and others to consider, conduct dialogues about and provide input on major international initiatives that will affect policies and practices in lifelong learning and adult education for decades to come, including:

  • Preparations for and attendance at UNESCO’s Seventh International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VII) Adult learning for sustainable development: A transformative agenda held June 15-17, 2022, in Marrakech, Morocco.
  • The 5th Global Report on Adult Learning (GRALE 5) (UNESCO, 2022).
  • The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, officially known as "Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development".
  • Rethinking Education: Towards a Global Common Good? (UNESCO, 2015). Commissioned by UNESCO, this report encourages public debate among education stakeholders, and different sectors, to rethink the purpose and structure of education in the face of present and future challenges and the targets set by Sustainable Development Goal 4 and Education 2030.

COLLO acts to increase the visibility of and address lifelong learning benefits, practices and challenges:

  • A champion of the Educate & Elevate Campaign led by COABE and the National Association of State Directors of Adult Education (NASDAE), COLLO is a Strand Partner of COABE conferences, sponsoring the Lifelong Learning Strand.
  • Since spring 2020, COLLO has conducted a four-part series aimed at piquing practitioners' interest in learning cities and information, insights, and resources to begin constructing them.

Contact President Christy Rhodes at to receive COLLO News (published periodically).
Please also, send your ideas on high priority issues for COLLO to address to advance adult and lifelong learning to:!