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CONFINTEA V
 
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    CONFINTEA Nexus Online: The Electronic 
    CONFINTEA Follow-up Bulletin -------------- 
    6th Issue --------------------------------- 
    20 October 1998 ------------------------------ 
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ARAB STATES****

****REGIONAL FOLLOW-UP MEETING
A CONFINTEA Follow-up Meeting for the Arab Region will take place in Cairo on December 05, 1998.
Contact: Jean-Paul Hautecoeur, UIE (e-mail: hauteco@cam.org)
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EUROPE****

ONE HOUR A DAY FOR LEARNING
On October 01, 1998 the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has organized a European Day for the follow-up of CONFINTEA V. Special theme was 'One hour a day for learning'.
info: Marc de Maeyer, UIE (e-mail: m.demaeyer@arcadis.be) 
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****WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
Together with several women's organizations from Eastern Europe and through funding of the German Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung; UIE is co-organizing a seminar on "Creating a New Vision: Feminist Leadership Development in Eastern Europe" in Sinaia (Romania) on October 25-29, 1998.
Contact: Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo, UIE (e-mail: c.medel-anonuevo@unesco.org)
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****ADULT LEARNING WEEK IN FINLAND AND NORWAY
The first Adult Learning Week in Finland and Norwaytook place in the first week of September, 1998.
contact Finland: Johanna.Korhonen@krs.fi
contact Norway: NUVOKS@VOFO.NO
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****ABRIDGED VERSION OF THE CONFINTEA DOCUMENTS
The Department of Education and Employment (DFEE), United Kingdom, together with NIACE (The National Organisation for Adult Learning) published a 4 pages summary of the Hamburg Declaration and the Agenda for the Future.
contact: GFEE (e-mail: info@dfee.gov.uk)
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****ONE HOUR A DAY FOR LEARNING IN SWITZERLAND
A study on the implementataion of the leitmotiv 'one hour a day for learning' was published on behalf of the Swiss National Commission of UNESCO. The paper (in German or French) is available from UNESCO Schweiz, Hirschgraben 13, CH-6002 Luzern, Switzerland. UIE is preparing an English version.
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LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN****

****BRAZIL: PROGRAMMES OF EDUCATION FOR YOUTH AND ADULTS IN AREAS OF PLACEMENT OF THE LAND REFORM
In co-operation with UNESCO Brasilia the National Institute of Colonisation and Land Reform (INCRA) is giving technical assistance to the Programme of Youth and Adult Education in areas of Placement of the Land Reform, prepared by the National Association of Agricultural Cooperation (ANCA, a NGO linked to the Movement of Landless Workers - MST). In order to execute 
the project, UNESCO will hire experts on programmes of youth and adult education in rural areas to both giving training to managers of the teachers' training process and producing material for this training. In connection with the follow-up of CONFINTEA V, this project has, as main purpose, rural education, especially data collection and analysis. The special project "Enhancement of Learning Opportunities for Marginalized Youth", part of UNESCO's "Reaching the Unreached" priority is included in the rural education programme as well. Furthermore, there is a special 
component of education of women and girls.
Contact and info: Jorge Wertheim, UNESCO Representative to Brazil (e-mail: UHBRZ@unesco.org)
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THEMATIC FOLLOW-UP****

****OPENING UNIVERSITIES TO ADULT LEARNERS 
The World Conference on Higher Education (Paris, October 05-09,1998) adopted the "World Declaration on Higher Education for the 21st Century" and the "Framework for Priority Action for Change and Development of Higher Education". The Declaration emphasizes, among other things, that "higher education systems should enhance their capacity to live with uncertainty, to change and bring about change, and to address social needs and to promote soldarity and equity;...(they) should place students at the centre of their concerns, within a lifelong perspective, so as to allow their full integration into the global knowledge society of the coming century". In Artcle 3 - 'Equity of access' is stated that "admission to higher education should be based on the merit, capacity, efforts, perseverance and devotion, showed by those seeking access to it, and can take place in a lifelong scheme, at any time, with due recognition of previously acquired skills". 
The "Framework for Priority Action" in article 1 states that "no discrimination can be accepted, no one can be excluded from higher education or its study fields, degree levels and types of institutions on grounds of race, gender, language, religion, or age (...)." The criterion 'age' was included in this article through the initiative of the Post-Confintea Working Group on University-based Adult Education and with the support of several national delegations. On the same initiative the substance of article 19 of the CONFINTEA 'Agenda for the Future' which 
deals with opening universities for adult learners was completely taken over into this document (article 9). 
Both documents are available from http://www.education.unesco.org/
In preparation of the WCHE the Post-CONFINTEA Working Group on University-based Adult Education met in Mumbai (India) in April 1998 and elaborated a document on Lifelong Learning and the Reform of Higher Education (subsequently referred to as the "Mumbai Statement"). The full report of this preparatory meeting was also distributed at the conference. 
This publication ("Lifelong Learning and Institutions of Higher Education in the 21st Century") is available from UIE (e-mail: uhpub@unesco.org).
2200 copies of the Mumbai Statement were distributed purposefully to delegates, NGO participants and guests via relevant thematic workshops, plenaries and sessions of the commissions. It was presented in the thematic workshop on 'The Contribution of Higher Education to the Educational System as a Whole'; further contributions of working group members were presented in two further thematic workshops on sustainable human development and on 
national and regional development.
The working group plans to continue its work on the transformation of universities into lifelong learning institutions. Is it planned to organize a workshop under this topic on the occasion of the ICAE World Assembly in Jamaica in May 1999. The objective is, to elaborate some guidelines on such transformation, based on experiences in developping countries as well as industrialized countries.
contact: Werner Mauch, UIE (e-mail: w.mauch@unesco.org)
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****ADULT LEARNING IN PRISONS: INTERNATIONAL PRISON WATCH
International Prison Watch is an international NGO which publishes an annual report on the situations in prisons worldwide. In future and in cooperation with UIE and with support from the European Union, the monitoring will aso review whether prisoners have opportunities to 
participate in adult education activities. The report will then include a section on education in prisons. 
contact: Marc de Maeyer, UIE (e-mail: m.demaeyer@arcadis.be)
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****ADULT EDUCATION RESEARCH
The 2nd European Research Conference of the European Society for Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) which took place in Brussels on September 17-20, 1998 under the theme 'Learning to Live in the Learning Society - Trends and Challenges in Adult Learning' was informed about the CONFINTEA follow-up and asked for further cooperation and support in the area of adult education research. The idea is to focus follow-up activities on networking in the perspective of establishing an international network that brings together existing regional and national research networks, e.g. through a special homepage.
contact: Werner Mauch, UIE (e-mail: w.mauch@unesco.org)
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OTHER CONFERENCES/MEETINGS/SEMINARS****

****EUROPEAN CONFERENCE: MEDIA LITERACY AS A TOPIC OF CIVIC AND POLITICAL EDUCATION IN EUROPE
Granada, Spain, November 28 - December 01, 1998 
Excerpt from the conference announcement: "In the past two decades European integration has made considerable steps forward. This process has resulted in a European Union with increasing competencies.(...) In this context media play an important role in the way citizens perceive the various aspects of the European integration process. This perception will be decisive for citizens' level of European political participation. The important influence of the media on citizens' involvement in European politics raises a number of questions that are of interest not only for 
journalists and media researchers but also for civic and political educators."
contact: Ms Anja Ostermann, apex - Editorial Office & Project Management (e-mail: 106441.2256@compuserve.com)
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