ICAE and CLADE at the Expert Meeting of “Enhancing MGoS Engagement in National Level Reviews”

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ICAE and CLADE at the Expert Meeting of “Enhancing MGoS Engagement in National Level Reviews”

 Photo: Katarina Popović, ICAE and Madeleine Zuniga, CLADE, speaking on behalf of Academia and Education Stakeholder Group at the UN DESA Expert meeting in Bogota

Representatives of ICAE and CLADE are taking part on the Expert Meeting of “Enhancing MGoS Engagement in National Level Reviews” in Bogota, Colombia, 25 -26 March 2017, organized by UN DESA (Division for Sustainable Development). The meeting is providing an opportunity for MGoS, along with invited experts and member states, to discuss how to ensure their effective participation and contribution the process of voluntary national reviews at the national level.

In particular, the EGM is providing an opportunity to discuss strategies and approaches for operationalizing the participation of national SDG implementation committees, partnering up with governments and providing expertise when requested. One of the lessons learned from the HLPF 2016 is that stakeholders could benefit from greater coordination with governments during the lead up to the HLPF. The increasing interest in the HLPF by volunteering countries highlights the importance of partnerships with local stakeholders to promote implementation, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.

Since ICAE took actively part in HLPF 2016, where the theme was “Ensuring that no one is left behind” and intents to contribute to HLPF 2017 to the topic “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”, it is important to coordinate activities with Major Groups and other Stakeholders and make plans for common actions in improving monitoring of the implementation of SDG agenda at national, regional and global level.

GRALE III Launch – Belgrade

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 GRALEStartToWorkshop6GRALE III Launch – Belgrade

Promotion of the Third Global Report on Education and Adult Learning (GRALE III) of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, for the countries of the Eastern and South-Eastern Europe was held on January 26th in Belgrade.

The event was organized by ICAE, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong learning (UIL), Department for Andragogy Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade and Adult Education Society from Belgrade, under the patronage of Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia and Commission of the Republic of Serbia for UNESCO and With participation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.

Third Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III) was created based on National Reports – monitoring surveys completed by 139 UNESCO Member States (among which also Serbia), as part of the preparations for the CONFINTEA VI Mid-term Conference 2017 in Korea.

GRALE III has a specific, inter-sectoral approach towards the lifelong learning by representing the influence of the adult education in three main sections: personal - health and wellbeing; economic - employment and labour market, and social - civil society and life in the community. That way GRALE 3 offers help and valuable information to the policy makers, researchers and practitioners, but also emphasises the important role that education and adult learning will have in the actualization of the 2030 Agenda for the sustainable development, especially SDG 4 - "Ensure inclusive and quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all".

The Conference was opened by ICAE Secretary General Dr Katarina Popović who reported about the efforts ICAE and UIL made last year in promoting GRALE, RALE (Recommendation for Adult Learning and Education), intersectoral approach to ALE and SDG 4. She pointed out the important role global civil society is playing in this process and about activities ICAE organized, and the ways it's linked with the local civil society efforts, such as activities of Adult Education Society – which recognized the value of CONFINTEA, GRALE, and RALE for their work and mission.

His E.C. Ambassador Coordinator to the Economic and Social Council of the UN and of the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030, Dragan Zupanjevac put the topic into the context of SDG agenda and pointed out the intersectoral approach – no goal could be achieved without adult education and lifelong learning. He also highlighted the important role and contribution of Serbia in the formulation and implementation of the SDG 2030, through the prism of the adult education and lifelong learning, while the important role and work of the National Commission for UNESCO were presented by its president Goran Milašinović.


Mr. Werner Mauch and Mr. Konstantinos Pagratis from the UIL presented the summary of the Global report regarding the countries in the region, reflecting their accomplishments but also the areas which need further, intensive efforts.

Dr Medic (Department of Andragogy, Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Belgrade) reported about the rich history CONFINTEA has in Serbia and about CONFINTEA VI follow-up in South East Europe. She reminded participants how GRALE 1 and 2 were successfully used not only for advocacy but also, together with BFA, as a mean to structure adult education efforts in the region and to gather all relevant partners – government, CSO, academia, practitioners. She stressed that CONFINTEA was not only the event or the process, but also a social movement that engaged and connected the whole adult education community in the region, with GRALE playing the role of an instrument, judge and juror.

The important role that adult education in the accomplishment of the goals defined by the key strategic documents of Serbia and the efforts that Serbia has made in this field were presented by Snežana Markovic (Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Assistant Minister for Secondary Education and Adult Education).

The need for cooperation between all social partners, and the role of the University and the civil sector was addressed by Aleksandra Pejatović, Chairman of the Department of Andragogy of the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Belgrade.

The Conference was a great opportunity for the 80 participants from 17 countries to exchange opinions, experiences and ideas regarding the important issues such are regional cooperation in the area of adult education, and it`s improvement with the help of the CONFINTEA VI process.

This was also a good start of the broad mobilisation and preparation process for the coming CONFINTEA VI Mid-term review in Korea in October 2017.


Save the date: CONFINTEA VI Mid-Term Review 2017

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CONFINTEA VI Mid-Term Review 2017

Living and Learning for a Viable Future: Vision 2030
25-27 October 2017, Suwon/Osan, Republic of Korea

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Partners,
Please join us in Suwon and Osan, South Korea, for the Mid-Term Review of the Sixth International Conference on Adult Learning and Education (CONFINTEA-VI).
The Mid-Term Review represents a unique opportunity for us to support adult learners worldwide and maximize the benefits of adult education for sustainable development. We will bring together senior-level decision makers from policy and practice, including representatives of government, civil society, academia, and the private sector.

More information HERE

A newsflash from ICAE

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NEWSLETTER FOR ADULT EDUCATORS IN AFRICA: (Please pass on through your networks)

Shirley Walters, Deputy President for Africa, International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)

Dear Colleagues

Warm greetings and best wishes for 2017! I wish to give you brief news updates from ICAE and related activities which I am aware of, and invite you to share some of your information which can in turn be shared with others.

A newsflash from ICAE: There have been three ICAE staff resignations and this is encouraging the Executive Committee (EXCO) to reassess where the ICAE office is located. As you will know, currently it is in Montevideo, Uruguay, although staff are working from several different countries and in this way ICAE is really a ‘networked organisation’. Before any decisions are taken, there will be communication with members from the secretariat. Various options are currently being explored.

2016 was a very busy year for ICAE related activities: I will not be comprehensive and repeat what is on the ICAE website….but will point to activities that I was involved in directly. These include the World Social Forum held in Montreal, Canada in August; the Association for Women in Development (AWID) conference in Bahia, Brazil in September and the Gender Education Office (GEO) meeting held during the same time; the French speaking IALLA Course was coordinated by Aminata Diallo Boly based in Burkina Faso, where the launch of the Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 3) took place, also Unesco’s Rethinking Education Report. In addition, several members of the ICAE Exco participated in Unesco Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) Third Think Tank Meeting on Lifelong Learning on 27 and 28 September. A productive Exco Meeting was held in Amman, Jordan in early October to coincide with Arab Network Meetings. All of the reports mentioned, should you be interested, can be found online. I was also pleased to meet up with colleagues at University of Botswana in Gaberone in November.

Reflecting back over these meetings, I am struck by the amazing work being done by adult educators and activists, often against great odds. We are at a time globally where the fault lines of differences in political approaches are becoming more and more stark, with those determined to fight for a more equal, socially and ecologically justice planet on one side, with others more concerned to build ‘fortress economies’ for the few, on the other. It’s a time when, more than ever, we need to work collectively and together, to attain our ideals. A book which highlights some of the great work being done will soon be published entitled: Forging solidarity: Popular Education at Work, SENSE Publishers, Amsterdam, with co-editors Astrid von Kotze and myself.

How to work more effectively together as African Adult Educators? In Africa, there are a number of material conditions which make working together difficult. One of these is the language differences with at least the 3 colonial languages of English, French and Portuguese dominating. In order to try to improve communications, the three elected African adult educators on the ICAE Executive, French speaking Aminata This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from Burkina Faso, Portuguese speaking Valerio This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from Mozambique and English speaking Shirley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from South Africa, will attempt to combine our efforts to improve communications amongst us all. We also want to encourage us to use the Facebook page of Popular Education and the website www.populareducation.co.za in order to share resources and communicate with one another.

I am purposefully keeping this short, so that we can translate and pass around to begin to get communications flowing more easily amongst us – forward to a stronger African Adult Education forum in 2017! Please share what you are doing.

Warm greetings, Shirley