Creation of ALADIN
ALADIN, the Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network, emerged in July 1997 from a CONFINTEA V workshop which focused explicitly on adult learning documentation and information.
From October 29–31, 1998 a 3-day expert seminar with 25 participants took place in Hamburg 'Adult Learning Documentation and Information Network'. ALADIN seminar participants shared their experiences and created an action plan that is founded on the free and global access to information and adult learning. The participants decided to call the Network ALADIN and developed jointly a set of ALADIN objectives:
During Autumn 1998 a fellowship programme brought together five research fellows from Africa, the Arab States and Eastern Europe to draft proposals for regional action plans.
First ALADIN Directory of Members
In 1998 a worldwide survey was conducted and the first annotated Directory of Members has been published. It presented the profiles of 89 adult learning documentation and information services worldwide.
In the following years the Directory of Members was constantly updated and published as ALADIN Directory 2002, 2003/2004, 2005-2006 and 2007/2008.
ALADIN Task Force e-mail seminar 1999
From November 15–20, 1999 eleven members of the ALADIN Task Force were convened through an e-mail seminar, co-ordinated jointly by UIE's Documentation Centre and the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education.
The e-mail seminar was done in two rounds. The first round served the purpose of updating Task Force members on ALADIN avtivities and clarifying administrative functions and the second round elicited information that can be used to guide future activities, including the activities for which support should be sought, topics for publications and types of publications.
In 1999 the ALADIN website has been launched with detailed information and online access to all ALADIN members.
Change of ALADIN Co-ordinator
The development of ALADIN has been stalled with the sickness and death of the first ALADIN Co-ordinator, Ursula Giere in the second half of 2000.
A new Co-ordinator, Lisa Krolak has started in May 2001. Organizational commitment from the UNESCO Institute for Education made sure that ALADIN survived.
ALADIN Workshop at the ICAE World Assembly
During August 9–12, 2001 an ALADIN workshop took place at the ICAE World Assembly in Jamaica: 'Adult Learning Documentation and Information: Building the Network', focusing on strengthening ALADIN.
ALADIN e-Mail Listserv
An ALADIN e-mail Listserv has been set up in January 2002 to enable ALADIN members and friends of ALADIN to communicate with each other on a regular basis. It can be used as a forum to share ideas, comments, concerns and requests.
ALADIN Task Force Meeting 2002
From April 11–13, 2002 seven members of the ALADIN Task Force met at the Coady International Institute to discuss general ALADIN issues and capacity building approaches.
ALADIN Adult Learning Links
In November 2002 nearly 200 annotated Adult Learning Links have been added to the ALADIN website.
Five ALADIN members received a full ALADIN scholarship to attend the 'Managing NGO Resource Centres' certificate course, which run from May 12–June 6, 2003 at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Canada.
ALADIN Annual Meeting 2003
The ALADIN Task Force held its annual meeting from September 5–7, 2003 in Bangkok, Thailand to prepare for the CONFINTEA V Mid-Term Review Conference that took place in Bangkok from September 8–11, 2003.
ALADIN ICT Meeting
From February 23–March 5, 2004, ALADIN Task Force members William Evans of the Norwegian Association for Adult Education (NAAE) and Glen Arendse from the University of the Western Cape/Division of Lifelong Learning (UWC/DLL), South Africa, met with the ALADIN Co-ordinator, Lisa Krolak (UIE) to discuss various ICT issues relating to ALADIN and to create a new ALADIN e-mail Listserv.
ALADIN Pilot Country Study for India
ALADIN member Prof. S.Y. Shah carried out an ALADIN Pilot Country Study for India during the first half of the year 2004. The study collected in-depth information on adult learning documentation centres from 207 organizations all over India. By May 2004, 47 centres had responded. The results were listed and evaluated in an extensive country study that was published and distributed as the ALADIN-India Directory of Members in August 2005.
Latin American ALADIN Meeting
ALADIN members Gonzalo Gutiérrez (REDUC/CIDE NGO Network, Chile), Gloria Alberti (UNESCO/OREALC, Chile) and Victoria Latapí (INEA, Mexico) met with three information professionals (from CREFAL, Mexico among other organisations) from 28–30 July 2004 at INEA in Mexico City to discuss common information management issues, particularly guidelines and necessary steps for preparing an ongoing Joint Bibliography on Adult Learning for Latin America. In April 2005 OREALC/UNESCO Santiago published a revised and annotated Bibliography on Adult Learning in Latin America and the Caribbean, as part of La Educación de Jóvenes y Adultos en América Latina y el Caribe: Hacia un Estado del Arte (The Education of Young People and Adults in Latin America and the Caribbean: Toward a State of the Art).
ALADIN Lecture at IALW 2004
An ALADIN lecture was held on 9 September 2004 at the 2004 International Adult Learners' Week in Cape Town, South Africa on the topic of “Overcoming barriers: Reaching out to Excluded Learners”. Forty international and local participants attended the workshop, which was facilitated by William Evans from the Norwegian Association for Adult Education. The general introduction was given by Lisa Krolak, the ALADIN co-ordinator. This was followed by a presentation by Elaine MacLean from the Coady International Institute in Canada on the role of adult learning documentation and information centres in advocacy and social change. A further presentation was given by Glen Arendse from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa on developing dedicated and integrated adult learning information and documentation facilities in the Western Cape province.
ALADIN Toolkit Workshop
An ALADIN Toolkit Workshop took place from 13–14 September 2004 at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa to discuss in depth the development of an ALADIN Toolkit for setting up basic documentation centres on adult learning. Five international ALADIN members and three local information professionals compared various toolkits on educational subjects, looked at various training manuals on information management and discussed the implications for IT management of standardizing and linking ALADIN information centres.
National Workshop on ALADIN-India
A national workshop on ALADIN-India took place at the India International Centre in New Delhi from March 29–30, 2005. 45 representatives of ALADIN-India met in the workshop to discuss various presentations on the national and international context of ALADIN, look at how to strengthen and professionalise ALADIN centres in India, consider examples of networks in India, and discuss the possibilities for organizing, managing and sharing information in the future. ALADIN-India was launched with Prof. S.Y. Shah as its National Co-ordinator.
ALADIN Toolkit Website
From September 19–October 5, 2005, ALADIN member Eva Kupidura, Organization and Policy Consultant at the Toronto Adult Student Association (TASA), worked with ALADIN Co-ordinator Lisa Krolak (UIE) on the content for a website for the ALADIN Toolkit for setting up basic documentation centres on adult learning. The ALADIN Tookit website was launched in October 2005.
ALADIN Meeting 2005
Seven ALADIN members from all regions of the world met before and after the International Adult Learners Week (IALW), which took place in Oslo from October 24–26, 2005. They discussed regional ALADIN activities and made plans for future developments.
In March 29–30, 2006 an international workshop was held in New Delhi to discuss and design a “Framework of a Curriculum for an E-learning Course for the Capacity Building of Adult Educators”. ALADIN members William Evans (Norway) and Sue Adams (Canada) gave key presentations. The workshop named the proposed course as Participatory Adult Learning, Documentation and Information Networking (PALDIN). In the following months, 16 experts and renowned scholars from academic institutions and NGOs were commissioned to prepare 31 units of course materials for the PALDIN learning package.
ALADIN Task Force Meeting 2007
The ALADIN Task Force met from January 9–11, 2007 at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany. They discussed past, present and future ALADIN activities. The main outcomes of the meeting were a re-visited Strategic Plan for ALADIN and a Work Plan for 2007-2009.
National PALDIN Workshop
On March 22, 2007, a national workshop on PALDIN was held at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. It was attended by 35 participants comprising the course writers, course co-ordinators, subject experts and representatives of selected institutions interested in pilot testing PALDIN. The objectives were to review the two volumes of the draft PALDIN learning package, discuss and finalize the evaluation form and formulate strategies for pilot testing the material. Between July and November 2007, PALDIN was pilot-tested by students of the Adult Education Department at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi and by a group of 30 learners drawn from different adult learning organizations in India.