UNESCO.svgMinister of Education, Youth & Information Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, Caribbean Education Ministers and senior education experts gather in Montego Bay Jamaica June 30 to July 1, 2016 for the UNESCO CONFINTEA VI in the Caribbean follow-up meeting under the theme “Enhancing Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Youth and Adults”

Ms. Katherine Grigsby, Director, UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean will also address the gathering underscoring the need for multi-sectoral and international cooperation to secure national and regional educational goals.

As a critical activity in multilateral cooperation, all the participants will use the two day event to refine policies, strategies and targets to address the issues of youth education and empowerment across the region. Participants will also use the opportunity to review country experiences in policy and execution which are set to include presentations from the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning regarding its Career Advancement Programme (CAP) and High School Diploma Equivalency (HSDE) programmes.

Some of the key objectives for the meeting include assessment of progress in literacy and educational outcomes using the Belém Framework for Action; review and analysis of successful examples of youth and adult learning policies; examination of priority areas for technical assistance or the development of capacities in the Caribbean and alignment of literacy and adult education priorities with the Belem Framework for Action.

Participating countries include Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands,Cayman Islands, Curacao, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, and Montserrat.

The meeting is hosted by the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information (Jamaica), the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Santiago, and the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)

The JFLL is an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth & Information and is charged with the execution of adult and youth learning and lifelong learning interventions from basic literacy to the secondary level. The JFLL operates over 30 education centres across Jamaica living up to its motto "Lifelong learning for Lifelong Opportunities."