GRALE 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.
CONFINTEA VI Mid-Term Review 2017
Living and Learning for a Viable Future: Vision 2030
25-27 October 2017, Suwon/Osan, Republic of Korea
NEWSLETTER FOR ADULT EDUCATORS IN AFRICA: (Please pass on through your networks)
Shirley Walters, Deputy President for Africa, International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)
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.
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
This is an important day for adult education. The sub-regional GRALE III launch for East and Southeast Europe starts today in Belgrade, and new Advocacy Guide of ICAE in three languages is just being released!
Este es un día importante para la educación de adultos. El subregional GRALE III comienza hoy en Belgrado y la nueva Guia de Incidencia es lanzada en tres idiomas!
C'est une journée importante pour l'éducation des adultes: le lancement sous-régional de GRALE III pour la Europe de l'Est et du Sud-Est débute aujourd'hui à Belgrade et le nouveau Guide de plaidoyer de l'ICAE en trois langues vient d'être publié!