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