Coalition of Lifelong Learning Organizations’ (COLLO)

With the critical and growing importance of adult and continuing education to the United States, COLLO provides a forum for member organizations to exchange information on current and best practices and to review new adult and continuing education programs and innovative examples of the use of technology.

COLLO engages members in dialogue on pertinent national and international policies and plays an active role in promoting the best practices of adult, continuing education and lifelong learning. Formally established in 1973, COLLO consists of national associations and groups that share a common interest in enhancing the field of lifelong learning, i.e. adult and continuing education, throughout the nation. These organizations represent public schools, institutions of higher education, industry, labor groups, and most importantly, the learners themselves.

COLLO acts to increase the visibility of and address lifelong learning benefits, practices and challenges. A champion of the Educate & Elevate Campaign led by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE) and National Council of State Directors of Adult Education (NCSDAE), COLLO has joined COABE as a Strand Partner of its 2018 Annual Conference. Internationally, it encourages networking among adult educators interested in international lifelong learning education and is an International Council of Adult Education (ICAE) member.

COLLO’s annual symposia provide members opportunities to dialogue about national and international issues such as collaboration, prior learning assessment and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. In December 2016, in conjunction with ICAE, COLLO engaged more than 20 civil society representatives from the United States and Canada in the North America Regional Consultation on Rethinking Education: Towards a Global Common Good? (UNESCO, 2015). The consultation provided participants an opportunity to dialogue on their own and their organizations’ perspectives on the report’s contents and implementation, with ICAE summarizing results of regional consultations and conveying them to UNESCO.

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