Too few adults have access to education and governments worldwide aren't spending enough to redress the problem, says UNESCO. With one exception: Germany is bucking the trend
Germany's adult education provision is among the best in the world, according to a UNESCO report published Thursday.
The UN's education and culture body singled out both the quality and financing of Germany's adult education system as particularly good.
The German government invests more than 4% of its education budget in adult education. This is compared to a fifth of all nations spending less than 0.5% of the education budget in this area.
"We have already achieved a lot in Germany, but in a period of constantly changing workplace requirements, lifelong learning will become increasingly important," said Maria Böhmer, President of Germany's UNESCO commission.
In the future, more money must be invested in education, she added.
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UNESCO warned that, worldwide, investment in adult education was declining and that too few adults have the opportunity to access education.