Overview: Consultation with Civil Society on the document Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good?

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By Claudia Pioli, Argentina and Kamil Gerónimo, Puerto Rico

 

On April 25, the ICAE and UNESCO-Paris held the Regional Consultation with Civil Society on the document Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good?, published by UNESCO. The event held in Brasilia also allowed to question the strategies, programs and practices that can enable the realization of Development Goal 4 on lifelong education and learning. Initially, Rosa María Torres, from Ecuador, and Timothy Ireland, from Brazil, made critical comments in relation to the approaches, strengths and weaknesses of UNESCO document. Then, representatives of civil society of Latin America and the Caribbean subdivided into three working groups to discuss current challenges to youth and adult education.

 

The first group discussed how to re-conceptualize the right to education of youth and adults from the perspective of lifelong learning for all. This Working Group noted that while the approach to the commodification of education in the document is important, it becomes a priority to framing (lifelong) education as a human right. It is imperative to reconceptualize literacy and basic education, and retake the position of youth and adult education. The knowledge society should be replaced by the learning society which, in turn, should be responsible for training those who learn and those who teach. It was also seen as necessary to unify the agenda of the Right to Education. Setbacks are noted in public policies regarding education and the intention to extend standardized tests even to youth and adult education becomes a concern because there is no doubt that these economic moves commodify education. Greater political will, adequate funding and participation of the society and the learners in the formulation of educational policies is necessary, integrating the needs and avoiding marginalizing sectors by gender, age, etc.

The second group discussed the role and practices of civil society to ensure equity and quality of learning opportunities for youth and adults. It was said that Civil Society does not concern only NGOs but also social movements, churches, civil nonprofit associations, unions, political parties and others. Somehow, they are all participating in some actions of youth and adult education, especially in literacy and other topics of community interest. Secondly, it was indicated that some points of tension between the State and Civil Society arise when the State determines goals for youth and adult education that scarcely adjust to the reality of people and to meeting their expectations, and how they are limited to literacy and basic education, neglecting other equally important aspects for the development of people as visibility and sharing of positive experiences. Thus, the ambition of Latin America is to achieve an inclusive and quality education for young people and adults, whose method is incorporated into the priority educational agenda of the countries. This requires a clear and accurate definition regarding education and learning within the framework of youth and adult education and Lifelong Learning in a humanistic and transformative vision. In it, the teaching staff should have a solid and continuous initial training; pedagogical proposals and curricula should be integrated and contextualized and, finally, methodologies should enable cultural, educational and communicational mediation and adequate funding. In some national ministries of education of certain countries, youth and adult education does not have the proper prestige, assessment or recognition. When recognizing its priority it will be necessary to promote work between Civil Society organizations and universities. Similarly, States must update their statistics. Youth and adult education in the region has shown sensitivity for early childhood education and elderly people-oriented continuing education.

The third group discussed about the bridges between formal and non-formal learning. This group discussed that not only the State educates, but there are multiple learning spaces outside the formal sphere and linked to it. Formal, non-formal and informal education imply a coordination between school and other learning spaces from CSOs, NGOs, etc. For example, Popular Education in Brazil has a very strong presence. The recognition of certain knowledge that come from non-formal areas is seen as a necessity as they certainly train and empower the person. Perhaps the biggest challenge is how to do this. In view of this a question is asked: is it necessary to certify all? The bridge between formal and non-formal education was always popular education.
After the event, the ICAE joined the ambitious agenda of CONFINTEA + 6 that included the International Seminar on Lifelong Education, the Brazilian Technical Meeting of mid-term review of the Belém Action Framework and the Meeting of international agencies of technical cooperation to the planning and preparation of the Midterm Global CONFINTEA Mid Term Review, which were held between 25 and 27 April. A total of six audiovisual interviews on the expectations of Latin American networks and UNESCO itself facing the CONFINTEA Mid Term Review will be posted on Voices Rising soon.  

 

Versión en español: http://www.icae2.org/index.php/es/novedades/523-resena-consulta-a-la-sociedad-civil-en-torno-al-documento
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CONFINTEA+6: International seminar in Brazil evaluates ALE developments in Latin America and the Caribbean: http://www.uil.unesco.org/adult-learning-and-education/confintea6-international-seminar-brazil-evaluates-ale-developments

Follow up of CONFINTEA

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For more than 60 years CONFINTEA (the International Conference on Adult Education) has been recognized as the most influential space in the international arena of adult education.

These conferences held every 12 years under the auspices of UNESCO, are the main forum for debate and definition of the broad guidelines and global policies of adult education for the period between one conference and the next.

The last conference, CONFINTEA VI, was held in the city Belem, Brazil, in December 2009. With the participation of over 1,000 Member States and hundreds of representatives of civil society. The Belem Framework for Action (BFA) was adopted there. Based on the Hamburg Declaration and Agenda for the Future of 1997, the BFA records the commitments of Member States and presents a strategic guide for the global development of literacy and adult education from the perspective of lifelong learning.

Next year, 2017, the international midterm review of CONFINTEA VI will be held under the auspices of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). ICAE with its members and the global community of education will promote a strong presence of civil society to provide critical analyses, evaluations, and our own perspectives of progress and setbacks.

We must also take this opportunity to position youth and adult learning and education in relation to the Sustainable Development Agenda and the SDGs, and find ways to articulate the fulfilment of the Belem Framework for Action and the Education 2030 Framework for Action adopted in November 2015 under UNESCO Conference.

As part of this process, ICAE invites you to follow the new section on CONFINTEA VI +6 on our website, where we will be sharing news, articles and key information on the preparatory process of CONFINTEA at national, regional international.

SEPTEMBER, 2016

AUGUST, 2016

JULY, 2016

JUNE, 2016

MAY, 2016

  • Brasilia Report by Carmen Campero, ICAE's Vice‐president for Latin America
  • Informe de Brasilia realizado por Carmen Campero, Vicepresidenta de ICAE para América Latina

 APRIL, 2016

          - Seminário Internacional de Educação ao Longo da Vida e Balanço Intermediário da VI CONFINTEA no Brasil. Coletânea de textos.
            CONFINTEA Brasil + 6. Tema central e oficinas temáticas

          - CARTA DE BRASILIA

          - Brasilia Letter

          - Interview with Katarina Popovic, ICAE Secretary General, during the meeting of the CONFINTEA BRAZIL + 6 Working Group in Porto Alegre, january 2016 within the framework of the self-organized activities of the World Social Forum

 
OCTOBER, 2015

          - The Regional Meeting of Experts to follow up Confintea VI  By Seham Negm, ICAE Regional Vicepresident for the Arab Region

CONFINTEA Brasil + 6

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The Right to education of youth and adults from a lifelong learning perspective Rethinking education: Towards a global common good?  

Regional Civil Society Consultation of Latin America and the Caribbean 

By Kamil Geronimo

 

ICAE's Secretary General Katarina Popovic opens the discussion Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good?

ICAE's Vice President for Latin America Carmen Campero welcomes participants to Rethink Education...

 

Carlos Vargas from UNESCO Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good? Education Agenda 2030

 

"Popular Education is not only a marginal reference but a way to conceive education itself" -Timothy Ireland

 

CONFINTEA Brazil + 6

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Interview with Katarina Popovic, ICAE Secretary General, during the meeting of the CONFINTEA BRAZIL + 6 Working Group in Porto Alegre, january 2016 within the framework of the self-organized activities of the World Social Forum

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The Right to education of youth and adults from a lifelong learning perspective

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The Right to education of youth and adults from a lifelong learning perspective

Rethinking education: Towards a global common good?

Regional Civil Society Consultation of Latin America and the Caribbean

 

 

The consultation will take place on April 25 from 9:00 – 13:30, at Hotel National, SHS Quadra 01 Bloco A, Brasilia

Carlos Vargas Tamez-UNESCO will present the publication Rethinking Education: Towards a global common good? Challenges for youth and adult education in the face of the Sustainable Development Goals – Education 2030 and Rosa María Torres and Timothy Ireland will be the commentators.

To access the document Rethinking education go to the follow link

 For more information please contact: oficina (at) icae.org.uy

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