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What is a Community Learning Centre (CLC)? 

Community learning centre is a local educational institution, usually set up and managed by local people to provide various learning opportunities with the support of the government, NGOs, and private sectors. Literacy, post-literacy, income generation, life skill programmes and basic education are provided at CLC. The learning programmes in CLC vary according to local needs and contexts in the country.


The aim of a CLC

The aim of a CLC is to empower individuals and promote community development through life-long education for all people in the community, including adults, youth and children of all ages. The main beneficiaries of a CLC are people with fewer opportunities for education, for example, pre-school children, out-of-school children, women, youth, and the elderly.

Where are CLCs?

As of now, as many as 24 countries have established CLCs or similar Non-formal education centre. The number of continues has been increasing. The number of CLCs and similar NFE centers, including literacy centres in Asia and Pacific is estimated to be 170,000.

For more information about CLCs in countries are here.



Community Learning Centres: Asia-Pacific Regional Conference Report 2013 - National Qualifications Frameworks for Lifelong Learning and Skills Development

Published in 2013 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization 7, place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France and UNESCO Bangkok Office © UNESCO 2013



Published by UNESCO Bangkok, 2012
ISBN 978-92-9223-423-2 (Print Version)
ISBN 978-92-9223-424-9 (Electronic version)


Sustainability of community learning centres: Community ownership and support - Asia-Pacific Regional Action Research Studies
 Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2011, 70 pages. ISBN 978-92-9223-382-2 (Electronic version)

Developing Management Information Systems for Community Learning Centres: A Guidebook
 Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2009, 70 p.
 ISBN 978-92-9223-257-3 (Print version)
 ISBN 978-92-9223-258-0 (Electronic version)

Community Learning Centres: Country Reports from Asia
 Bangkok: UNESCO Bangkok, 2008, 112 p.
 ISBN 978-92-9223-182-8 (Print version)
 ISBN 978-92-9223-183-5 (Electronic version)