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      CONFINTEA Nexus Online: The Electronic
      CONFINTEA Follow-up Bulletin --------------
      3rd Issue ---------------------------------
      12 June 1998 -----------------------------
      Published by ------------------------------
      ------------ UNESCO Institute for Education

The International Council of Adult Education (ICAE) elaborated a draft 
framework for "Education Watch", a systematic mecanism to assess the 
results of international conferences and their impact on the field of adult 
education/adult learning, especially to synthesize commitments made to 
education over the last decade of meetings and to suggest the ways and 
means, the policies, the funds necessary to make these commitments happen.
Education Watch will
1. call on governments to honour their commitments to education, with 
emphasis on adult education.
2. press governments to shape their commitments into systematic plans of 
3. create a mechanism for long-term government accountability.
4. assess the impact of UN conferences on the state of education.
5. monitor and assess the work of non-government sectors in implementing 
educational goals
6. work in alliance with a broad base of NGOs.
ICAE's regional member organization, ASPBAE, has already started its own 
consultation within Asia for a regional framework and implementation.
For further info on Educational watch contact
Please have a look at the new CONFINTEA homepage under
Besides its function to disseminate the CONFINTEA documents and to inform 
about follow-up activities, the newly designed homepage will also serve as 
a tool to collect information on planned, ongoing and completed activities 
and events relating to the follow-up of CONFINTEA V. It therefore includes 
an interactive tool: the CONFINTEA V Follow-up Message Board. Through this 
message board news about follow-up activities can be posted by everybody 
from everywhere in the world and thus made immediately available to the 
public. We call upon all friends and collaborators to make intensive use of 
this communication and information tool. Note: the old address 
( is also providing access to the 
new homepage.


The Follow-up Workshop in Botswana, May 06, 1998 produced a national Plan 
of Action. It will be circulated to participants and then discussed with 
interested parties before finalisation. Then it will be subbmitted to 
UNESCO NATCOM for monitoring. The idea of an Adult Learner's Week was taken 
up enthusiastically and the responsibility given to the Botswana Adult 
Education association.

ESREA (European Society for Research on Education of Adults) 98 Conference, 
17-20 September 1998, Bruxelles
1)learning for work: employability, qualifications and the labour market;
2)learning in civil society: sociability and active citizenship;
3)learning in organizations: flexibility and competencies;
4)learning in the life course: access, learning careers and biography.
For more information on the internet:
ISCAE (International Society of Comparative Adult Education) Conference
Radovljica, September 10-12, 1998
From the conference announcement: "We would especially want to encourage 
those colleagues who are entering the field of comparative adult education 
to participate at the conference. ISCAE offers an easy face-to-face contact 
with experienced and reputable researchers in the field(...) Not many 
people do comparative work in adult education, so let us come together, and 
exchange our knowledge and experiences."
Registration deadline is July 15, 1998.
Registration form available from

Popular Education Network of Women (REPEM) in coordination with The Gender
and Education Office of ICAE(GEO) are organising a Meeting on the CONFINTEA 
Follow-up in Latin America and the Carribean (22-25 June, Santa Cruz de la 
Sierra, Bolivia).
1. To Follow up of  the  IV  Fourth World Conference on Women  Platform of
Action Reccomendation  and CONFINTEA V Reccomndations  with regard to
education through a specific focus on gender justice.
2.To Follow up , through the Educational Watch , an initiative aiming the
monitoring of both Beijing and V CONFINTEA implmentation.
3. The improvement of  the capacity to monitor gender related public
policies and educatinal programmes,
****Details available from:
BARBADOS, MAY 12-16, 1998
In the wake of workshops on capacity building, environment, literacy and 
basic education, gender, a work programme has been adopted by the assembly. 
It has been decided to implement the CONFINTEA Agenda for the Future, to 
intensify studies on the role of the media, education in prison, 'one hor a 
day' programmes and the 'adult learning week'. The strengthening of 
cooperation between governments, non-governmental organisations, 
universities, the civil society and private companies is also on the agenda 
as well as support to national committees.

THEMATIC FOLLOW-UP*******************************

As a follow-up to the CONFINTEA workshop on "The Politics and Policies of
the Education of Adults in a Globally Transforming Society" the 
International Institute for Policy, Practice and Research in the Education
of Adults (IPPREA) of Wayne State University, USA was commissioned by UIE 
to carry out a follow-up study to CONFINTEA V. The study represents a 
two-phase project focused on the impact of CONFINTEA V (Phase I), and the 
relationship between the globally transforming society and adult learning
policies and politics (Phase II.)
The impact study is focusing on four areas: the role of the participants at
CONFINTEA V and their view on local expected outcomes of CONFINTEA V; the
assignments and responsibilities of the participants within their
institutions (governmental and non-governmental); an evaluation part on the
thematic workshops; and on the follow-up activities. A questionnaire is 
being sent out to all CONFINTEA participants. An international team of the 
IPPREA will analyze the questionnaire and prepare a report that should help 
to get detailed information about the impact made by CONFINTEA as well as 
about the expectations regarding follow-up activities. The potentials for 
further cooperation in connection with the follow-up will also be explored.
CONFINTEA participants please note: the filled questionnaire should be sent 
directly to IPPREA (address see accompanying letter), not to UIE. 
A number of minority organizations whose representatives attended and 
lobbied at CONFINTEA V are continuing efforts to test out or to convince 
others of the importance of appropriate and inclusive education for all 
communities. Work which is ongoing icludes: 
In India, two projects are going forward. The Rural Litigation and 
Entitlement Kendra, working with the Van Gujjar community will organise a 
number of meetings with that community to report and discuss further the 
ideas exchanged at CONFINTEA V followed by meetings to sensitise key 
members of the majority community to the outcomes.  Meanwhile, the Boro 
Women's Justice Forum is organising a series of learning programmes which 
also involve curricular development and documentation of indigenous 
knowledge and culture in specific areas to pilot a methodology for a langer 
leaming programme.
In Kyrgystan, the Kyrgyz Peace Research Centre, is preparing and testing 
pilot curricular materials for two minority communities, with a view to 
widening this to other groups if the initial pilots are successful. The 
content of the materials will focus on minority rights to enable members of 
the communities to advocate for their rights more effectively.
In Nepal, the School of Ecology Agriculture and Community Works is hosting 
a South Asian meeting of minority conununities with some groups who were 
present at Confintea and others who were not attending to share the 
discussions in Hamburg and ensure that they are taken forward.
In Rwanda, the Association pour la Promotion de la Batwa, has organised a 
pilot adult literacy progranune for members of this marginalised and often 
forgotten conimunity who would otherwise not have access to learning 
opportunities. The eventual aim is, through literacy, to empower the 
members of community to become involved in decisions on development and 
rights to alleviate some of their ongoing difficulties.
In Senegal, the Association Nationale pur l'Alphabetisation et la Formation 
des Adultes, is organising a consultation meeting to inform other groups 
working with minority communities of the outcomes of Confintea V and their 
relevance to the situation in Senegal.
In Uruguay, Mundo Afro, is organising a series of workshops, and is running 
a campaign to raise awareness of the education needs of adult members of 
minority communities in Uruguay and neighbouring countries.  This is being 
supported by the documentation of best practice examples and development of 
additional curricular materials.

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