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ERIC Number: EJ899915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0955-2308
It Depends on How You Look at It
Tuckett, Alan
Adults Learning, v21 n5 p18-19 Jan 2010
Was CONFINTEA VI, the sixth UNESCO international conference on adult education, which took place in Belem, Brazil, in December, a success or failure? Do such inter-governmental events make any difference to learning opportunities for adults, North or South? The answer to the first question depends on what one compares the event with. From the perspective of the fifth UNESCO conference in Hamburg in 1997, surely the high-water mark of international policymaking for adult education, the author found this winter's event deeply disappointing. Whilst Hamburg had shown for the first time the benefits of allowing non-government organisations (NGOs) to participate fully, alongside governments, Belem had NGOs aplenty but far fewer governments than last time (particularly from the industrial world), and less senior representation. A high point of CONFINTEA VI was the effective co-operation and advocacy work of civil society organisations from all over the world--which was the result of careful preparation, and a rich preparatory event in the days preceding the main event. CONFINTEA VI had notably less senior representation from governments and the United Nations than its predecessor, but, despite evidence North and South that adult education is more marginal now than in the 1990s, there were glimmers of hope, and certainly much to work on in the period ahead.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Brazil; Germany