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The ElectronicCONFINTEA Follow-up Bulletin
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REGIONS***NEWS FROM THE REGIONS***NEWS FROM THE REGIONS***NEWS FROM THE RE
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AFRICA*********************************
Meetings on CONFINTEA Follow-up:
02-08 March, Cape Town, South Africa: Meeting on the Recommendations for a
UN Adult Learners' Week
20-24 April, Durban, South Africa: MINEDAF Conference
mid June, Ivory Coast: UIE Seminar on the Use of Local Languages in
Literacy (for the French-speaking African countries); contact person: M.-L.
Hazoumé, UIE (ml.hazoume@unesco.org).
Regional information contact: Mr Tai Afrik, BREDA, Dakar, Sénégal;
Fax:00221-238393; e-mail:UHDAK@UNESCO.ORG
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CONFINTEA FOLLOW-UP IN BOTSWANA
On 6th of May, a national conference took place in Botswana to review
the Agenda for the Future adopted in Hamburg in the Southern African
context, discuss the commitments and their implication for Botswana.
In cooperation with UIE, representatives from Mozambique, Namibia and South
Africa attended the conference and explored ways to develop sub-regional
cooperation for the promotion of adult learning.
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ASIA AND THE PACIFIC********************
CONFINTEA Follow-up activities will be planned and discussed during the
Regional Consultation Meeting of the Asia and Pacific Region (Bangkok & Hua
Hin, Thailand) on 8 - 12 June, organized by the Thailand National
Commission for UNESCO and UNESCO Bangkok.
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ARAB STATES*****************************
Planned Follow-up meeting:
mid-October, Beirut, Lebanon: NGO Forum for Follow-up to CONFINTEA in the
Arab States (to be confirmed); Regional information contact: Ms Nour Dajani
Shehabi, UNEDBAS, Beirut, Lebanon; Fax: 0096-11-824854;
e-mail:UHKUA@UNESCO.ORG
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EUROPE AND NORTH AMERICA****************
Planned meetings:
- Under the UK presidency of the European Union, a European Conference on
Lifelong Learning is taking place in Manchester (17-19 May 1998) where the
host country intends to disseminate the Hamburg enlarged vision of adult
learning.
- In cooperation with the European Association of Adult Education, a
meeting on the follow-up of Confintea in Europe is planned for the 2nd of
October in Helsinki, Finland. Contact: EAEA in Finland (fax: 00 35 80
646504)
- In Cologne, starting on 13th July, a meeting of the General Secretaries
of  the National Commissions for UNESCO of the European region will be
held; the Confintea follow- up and the development of lifelong learning
policies will be on their agenda.
- The European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) will
have its annual meeting in Louvain la Neuve (Belgium) on September 17 - 20
where the recommendations of CONFINTEA on research (Agenda §19) will be
discussed. Contact: Werner Mauch, UIE (w.mauch@unesco.org)

Sub-regional initiatives:
- The  National Commission of UNESCO of the Russian Federation is
proposing a seminar-conference of four days in November 1998 in Russia
for disseminating the results of CONFINTEA and prepare a plan of follow-up
actions in the Federation.
Contact. The Russian national Commission, Mr. Kanaev (fax: 290 08 53
202 1083)
- The French-speaking Association of Professors and Researchers in
Education ( AECSE: Association des Enseignants et Chercheurs en Sciences de
l'Education) met in Strasburg (January 23rd to 25th), with the topic "Adult
Education: Between Utopia and Pragmatism?"; an information session on
CONFINTEA was held and followed by a public discussion.
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HOW ADULTS LEARN', A CONFERENCE IN WASHINGTON (06-08 April, 1998)
The Secretary of Education in Washington conveyed a national
conference on adult learning attended by 200 invited participants from the
different fields of adult education and literacy. A White House summit on
Lifelong Learning chaired by Mr. A.Gore was announced. The UNESCO Institute
For Education was invited to present the results of Confintea. A report on
the American participation to CONFINTEA will be published in June.
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POST CONFINTEA MEETING IN HUNGARY
An international Conference on Adult education was held in Pécs, Hungary on
the 2-3-4 April 1998 to discuss the future of adult education in the
perspective of the new vision of adult education adopted in Hamburg.
Representatives from China, Germany, United Kingdom and UNESCO joined  100
Hungarian participants coming from the different sectors of the growing
domain of adult learning ( general, technical and vocational, university
extension, etc.). The event  was opened by the chairperson of the
Parliamentarian Committees on Culture and Education  and by the
Vice-Secretary of the Ministry of Culture and Education.
The Conference was hosted by the new Institute of Adult Education of the
Janus Pannomius University of Pécs.  A special book, including the main
Confintea documents, was published in Hungarian with the support of the
Institute for International Cooperation of the DVV.
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LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN********
Planned meetings:
12-16 May, Barbados: Follow-up Meeting for the Caribbean Region
23-25 September, México: Sub-Regional Follow-up Forum for México and
Central America
18-20 November, Uruguay: Sub-Regional Follow-up Forum for the Southern
Cone(proposed/to be confirmed)
Jan. 99(proposed/to be confirmed), Colombia: Follow-up Forum for
Sub-Regional Andean Countries
Regional information contact for Latin America: Mr José Rivero, OREALC,
Chile; Fax: 0056-22-091875; e-mail:UHSTG@UNESCO.ORG
Regional information contact for the Caribbean: Ms Claudia Harvey, UNESCO
Office Kingston, Jamaica; Fax: 001-809-929-8468; e-mail:UHKNG@UNESCO.ORG
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THEMATIC FOLLOW-UP*********************************************************

****FEMINIST LEADERSHIP SEMINAR (MARCH 1998, PHILIPPINES)
The Feminist Leadership Seminar was a follow-up activity of CONFINTEA´s
theme 1 (Agenda, § 12b: "..by encouraging and developing leadership
capabilities among the adult population and especially among women,
enabling them to participate in institutions of the state, the market and
civil society.") and the Global Feminist Leadership Seminar held in South
Africa last September. The seminar revolved around three main areas: 1)
Globalization (three inputs were given, one focusing on the economic
aspect, the other on the political and the last, on culture); 2) practices
of women´s leadership (focusing on the politics of diversity, the politics
of experience, the politics of hierarcy and the politics of process); and
3) proposed follow-up activities.
The seminar was able to facilitate not only an exchange of experiences but
most important, provide a space for a collective reflection of the issues
involved in developing alternative forms and practices of leadership.
One indicator of the impact of the seminar is the follow-up activities
planned. During the seminar, around five concrete activities (two
dissemination seminars and three theoretical discussions, e.g. feminist
ethics) were planned and one of these took place one week after the
seminar and another during the third week of April.
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****LIFELONG LEARNING AND UNIVERSITIES: FOLLOW-UP OF CONFINTEA AND
PREPARATION OF THE WORLD CONFERENCE ON HIGHER EDUCATION
In cooperation with the Department of Adult and Continuing Education and
Extension of the University of Mumbai (India) and the International Council
of University-based Adult Education the UIE organized an international
expert meeting on "Lifelong Learning for All: The Role of Higher Education
and Universities" in Mumbai on April 21-23, 1998. Participants from  all
world regions (Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan,
Nicaragua, South Africa, Sudan, UK and USA) were invited to exchange on
their experiences in the context of lifelong learning and universities and
to elaborate recommendations how to transform universities into lifelong
learning institutions. Special purpose of the meeting was to make a link
between the two mentioned world conferences.
On the basis of country experiences presented by the participants a
statement on lifelong learning and the reform of higher education was
elaborated and adopted. The document is focusing on the growing importance
of the concept of lifelong learning against the background of increasing
tendencies of globalization on different levels. Besides the traditional
function of knowledge production and dissemination through research and
teaching, community engagement and creation of new forms of partnerships
with external actors and bodies are recognized as a central tasks for
universities within lifelong learning.
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****EDUCATION IN PRISON
The international NGO, l'"Observatoire International des prisons"
(International Prison Observatory), a CONFINTEA partner, has agreed, as a
follow-up activity to the Conference,  to monitor systematically the
situation of prison education. The objectives are to:
- produce a factual assessment of the situation of adult education in
prisons (legislation, activities, training of educators, methodology,
context, etc)
- inform the public by the observation organizations's annual report,
- organize seminars: studying the results, defining a strategy,
encouraging officials, decision-makers and civil society to promote adult
education in prison,
- set up a network of mediators in the field of prison education.
A first meeting on the situation in Africa was held in Dakar (12-19
February 1998)
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****ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES
Following  consultations with UNESCO relevant units at HQ and with NGOs, it
was proposed to form a working group that will meet on the 3rd of December
1998 (International Day of People with Disabilities) to develop further the
recommendations adopted in Hamburg, to produce an international  poster on
the right to learn of people with disabilities and to prepare a plan of
action.
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****INDIGENOUS ADULT EDUCATION
In June 1998 the International First Nations/ Indigenous Adult Education
Conference will be held in New Zealand hosted by the University of Waikato.
This conference seeks to build on the recommendations of CONFINTEA and the
meeting organized by the UNESCO Institute for Education in Oaxaca, Mexico
on New Perspectives on Adult Education for Indigenous Peoples. The
objectives of the conference are to foster the role of adult education in
strengthening indigenous knowledge, in ensuring the survival and increased
strnegth of indigenous peoples and first nations, and to develop global
strategies for effective networking and action for Indigenous adult
educators.
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PUBLICATIONS*************************

ADULT EDUCATION FOR INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
In the context of the follow-up to theme 1 of CONFINTEA on adult education
and indigenous peoples, the UNESCO Institute of Education in collaboration
with the University of Waikato (New Zealand) has just published "Reflecting
Visions. New Perspectives on Adult Education for Indigenous Peoples", Ed.
Linda King. Available from UNESCO bookstores, UIE and the University of
Waikato.
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CONSOLIDATED REPORT ON CONFINTEA
On the basis of the report prepared by UIE for the 29th session of the
UNESCO General Assembly the Asian-South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education
produced a consolidated report on CONFINTEA. Contact:
maria@aspbae.ilbom.ernet.in
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TRANSLATIONS OF CONFINTEA DOCUMENTS (DECLARATION & AGENDA)

Estonian: contact National Commission, e-mail unesco@unesco.estnet.ee
German: supported by the Ministry for Education, Research and Technology;
in print, available from UIE
Danish: Danish Ministry of Education, Fax +45-3392-5547
Finnish: Finnish Adult Education Association, Helsinki, fax 3580646504
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Other meetings/seminars***************

EUROPEAN YOUTH IN THE YEAR 2000
The Youth Branch of the Hungarian Folk High School Society in co-operation
with the International ESVA Foundation (IESVA; ESVA = European Symposium on
Voluntary Associations), the ESVA Denmark, the ESVA Hungary and the Local
Government of Révfülöp ((Hungary) organises an international symposium on
the European Youth in the Year 2000 in Révfülöp/Budapest, 1-5 September,
1998. For more info contact Mrs. Márta Mihályfi, IESVA Secretariat
P.O. B. 100. 1255 Budapest, Hungary, Tel/fax: +361 201 4928 E-mail:
mnthfhss@mail.matav.hu
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ADULTS LEARNING MATHEMATICS
ALM (Adults Learning Mathematics) is an international research forum
bringing together practitioners and researchers in adult
mathematics/numeracy teaching and learning in order to promote the
learning of mathematics by adults. The fifth annual conference is being
held 1-2-3 July 1998 near Utrecht in the Netherlands. More detailed
information about this conference is available on
http://www.euronet.nl/~groenest/alm5/
General information about ALM is available in the alm newsletter on the
Goldsmiths website: http://www.gold.ac.uk/alm/welcome.html
 

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