ERIC Number: EJ758930
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Can We Make a Difference?
Adults Learning, v18 n7 p23-25 Mar 2007
In this article, the author reports from the World Social Forum, the annual gathering of campaigning groups and activists who believe that "another world is possible." The theme of the seventh forum, "People's struggles, people's alternatives," united 50,000 people from diverse cultures and backgrounds who gathered in Nairobi believing not only that another world is possible, but also that it is extremely desirable. The questions at the heart of all this activity concerned building a just and equitable world where there are no obscene extremes of wealth and poverty or abuses of human rights. Nevertheless, there is a fire raging though adult learning. Utilitarian skills training has taken hold as the dominant discourse, and learning for wider purposes has been pushed to the margins. There are many things that adult educators can do to make an alternative world of adult learning possible. They can develop learning practices across the range of adult learning programmes that encourage learners to question inequalities and environmental threats, and understand the changes they will have to make in their lifestyles, consumer patterns and work practices. The World Social Forum is a source of hope and inspiration. Adult educators can refuse to tremble at the edge of the fire and choose to take their place alongside others doing what they can to make another world possible.
Descriptors: Adult Educators, Adult Learning, Activism, Public Policy, Strategic Planning, Values, World Affairs, Futures (of Society), Disadvantaged, Living Standards, Advantaged, Educational Practices, Social Change, Change Agents, Citizen Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Kenya (Nairobi)