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COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTRES: ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL CONFERENCE REPORT

18.05.2012

The Community Learning Centre (CLC) Project was launched in 1998 within the framework of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL).

The Community Learning Centre (CLC) Project was launched in 1998 within the framework of the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL). The purpose of a CLC is to promote human development by providing opportunities for lifelong learning to all people in the local community. CLCs support empowerment, social transformation and improvement of the quality of life of the people. The main functions of CLCs are to provide: (a) education and training, (b) community information and resource services, (c) community development activities, and (d) coordination and networking.

There are various types of community learning centres and terms used to describe them in Asia and Pacific countries. Some CLCs are supported by governments, some by NGOs and donors, while others are fully owned and managed by communities. There are also adult/youth literacy centres which were designed after CLC concepts and approaches and which function like CLCs. Today, CLC programmes are operating in more than 24 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region as well as 10 countries in the Arabic speaking world. The number of CLCs and similar NFE/literacy centres is estimated to be more than 170,000 in Asia and the Pacific (UNESCO Bangkok, 2008 1 ).

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