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ERIC Number: EJ1004526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-1052-2891
Whither Utopia?
Nesbit, Tom
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n138 p91-100 Sum 2013
The "Hamburg Declaration on Adult Learning and Agenda for the Future" (UNESCO, 1997) is perhaps the most utopian statement about adult learning and education (ALE) in recent times. Grounded in the ideas of radical educators Paulo Freire and Ivan Illich, it built upon two earlier influential and inspiring reports that promoted general adherence to the values of helping to build a sustainable world, promote peace, celebrate diversity, and defend human rights. Analysis of the previous chapters demonstrates that the utopian ideals and goals of the "Hamburg Declaration" are still far from being achieved. The earlier chapters suggest several common issues that the author wants to address further. The first concerns the political dimensions of adult education--an aspect that lies at the heart of the "Hamburg Declaration" and fundamentally shapes the contexts in which adult education takes place. From a review of the developments since CONFINTEA V, it is easy to conclude that there is little confidence that the goals of the "Hamburg Declaration" will be realized any time soon. Yet one task of progressive educators is to unveil opportunities for hope, no matter the obstacles (Freire, 2004). In that vein, the author lists some of the more positive changes that have taken place since 1997 and conclude with some suggestions about how to reaffirm and reenergize the hope and promise of the "Hamburg Declaration."
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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