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    CON-NEXUS Online 07 ------------ 
    CONFINTEA Nexus Online: The Electronic 
    CONFINTEA Follow-up Bulletin -------------- 
    7th Issue --------------------------------- 
    18 December 1998 ------------------------------ 
    Published by ------------------------------ 
    ------------ UNESCO Institute for Education 


Under this topic the Association for World Education (AWE)in cooperation wi 
th UIE will organize a seminar in Kampala (Uganda) on 25-28 January, 1999. 
contact: Ove Korsgaard, President, AWE, fax +45-46194839 

For planning and discussing follow-up strategies for Togo and Benin, a 
meeting with adult education representatives from both countries took place 
in Cotonou, Bénin on 14-17 December, 1998. Report will follow. 
contact: Marc-Laurent Hazoumé, UIE (

The detailed plan for follow-up activities on the national level is the 
outcome of a special national conference drawing together over 130 
participants from most stakeholders held 1-2 September in Windhoek. The 
plan identified activities within the CONFINTEA Agenda for the Future that 
are priorities for action in the Namibian context. The plan is now 
available from UIE (

In preparation of a regional NGO Forum to be held in spring 1999, a one-day 
consultation meeting took place in Cairo on December 03, 1998. The meeting 
was organized by the UNESCO Regional Office (Beirut) in collaboration with 
CID (Community and Institutional Development, an Egyptian NGO), the UNESCO 
Institute for Education and the Upper Egypt Association. About 40 
participants (from Egypt, Lebanon, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia and Yemen) 
attended the meeting. Main objective was a consultation on two themes: 
Policies on adult education in the Arab states, in particular the 
complementary roles of NGOs and state institutions in the framework of an 
Agenda for the Future, and the use of media to improve possibilities for 
Education for All and Throughout Life. 
Detailed report available from Jean-Paul Hautecoeur, UIE (


At the country level, the  Declaration and Agenda for the Future has been 
translated in Thai and Japanese while the Chinese translation of the final 
report of CONFINTEA V has been distributed to institutes, centers and other 
government agencies of the People´s Republic of China. At the Regional 
Meeting of UNESCO National Commissions held in Thailand last June, 
recommendations for CONFINTEA V Follow-up in the region were discussed. 
Meanwhile participants, in the Symposium on Basic Education and Lifelong 
Learning held in China last September, emphasized the need to disseminate a 
nd advocate CONFINTEA V outcomes at several levels. While key policy makers 
 at the national level and regional organizations (e.g. SEAMEO) have to be 
identified, dissemination activities beyond education ministries and depart 
ments have to be undertaken as well. 
In Bangladesh, the Dhaka Ahsania Mission has conducted several workshops as 
a follow-up of CONFINTEA V. A Capacity Building Workshop of Literacy 
Centers for Girls and Women organized together with Asia/ Pacific Cultural 
Center for UNESCO (ACCU), Japan (20 participants from 9 countries). 
Workshop on Good Practices in Literacy and Post Literacy Interventions (24 
participants from 15 countries) jointly sponsored with Asian South Pacific 
Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE). At the national level, training for 
senior management, trainors and education supervisors have been organized 
on development management, gender development and education supervision 
Under the auspices of Thailand´s Department of Non-formal Education of the 
Ministry of Education,  UNESCO PROAP and ACCU, a symposium on " Information 
and Communication Technology for Non-formal Education in Asia Today and 
Tomorrow" was convened. The meeting focused on the  important role of 
technology in non-formal education programs and  communication technology 
as a mechanism of educational expansion for disadvantaged population. 
Meanwhile,  in a meeting organized by the Literacy Coordinating Council of 
the Philippines, an enlarged definition of  functional literacy (covers a 
range of skills and competencies-cognitive, affective and behavioral - 
which enables individuals to live and work as human persons, develop their 
potential, make critical and informed decisions, function effectively in 
society within the context of their environment and that of the wider 
community in order to improve the quality of their life and that of 
society) was discussed and agreed upon. Attended by government 
representatives, university researchers and  educators, one of the concrete 
outputs of the meeting was the identification of  the different  areas for 
indicators arising from this  enlarged definition:  communication skills; 
problem solving and critical thinking;  sustainable use of 
resources/productivity;  development of self and a sense of community;  and 
expanding one´s world vision. 
The broadening and redefining of the scope of non-formal education is one 
of the priority areas of  PROAP/APPEAL. This involves a  1) consideration 
of  the diversity of providers; 2) incorporation of a  gender perspective; 
3)  increase in  public expenditures on non-formal education as reflected 
in the national education budget; 4) identification of channels for 
mobilizing additional resources; and 5) deployment of  qualified human 
In line with this  broader scope, PROAP   in the Second Meeting of the 
Intergovernmental Regional Committee on Education in Asia and Pacific, in 
November 1998, addressed  the  following recommendations to the  Member 
States: "As a direct follow-up to CONFINTEA V, it is also important that 
member states may consider developing new learning opportunities and 
structures for adult learning and lifelong education schemes through the 
opening of institutions (schools, training centers, universities) to adult 
learners; diversifying the contents and methods to include work-related and 
income generation programs; redeployment of retired personnel and promoting 
quality of life improvement programs and training activities". 
contact: Carolyn Medel-Anonuevo (


The Swiss adult Learning Week will take place from 03 - 09 June, 1999. 
info & contact: Fédération suisse pour l'éducation des adultes (FSEA), 
e-mail:; Schweizerische Vereinigung für Erwachsenenbildung 
(SVEB), e-mail:; info also from 

The meeting was organized by the Nordic Folk Academy and took place in Riga 
from October 15-18, 1998. Participants from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, 
Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark represented NGOSs involved in adult 
education. The major objective was to establish or strengthen contacts and 
cooperation among them, the main theme was "How can adult education sustain 
democratic processes?". 
Info and contact: Marc de Maeyer, UIE (


Montevideo, 17-20 de November, 1998. Official delegations came from 
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Also included were 
participants from Mexico's Intituto de Nacional de Educacion de Adultos 
(INEA), Centro Regional de Education Fundamental para America Latina, 
CREFAL, Consejo de Education de Adultos de America Latina, CEAAL, 
UNESCO-OREALC Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and 
UNESCO-ORCYT Montevideo, Regional Office for Science and Technology for 
Latin America and the Caribbean, UNESCO, Buenos Aires Office. The host 
country also had representatives from its Ministry of Education. 
UNESCO, CEAAL, CREFAL, and INEA elaborated the base document for the 
meeting. Titled  "Hacia una educacion sin exclusiones"  (Towards a 
education without exclusions), this forty- page document served as the base 
for the deliberations in Montevideo. 
The meeting was divided into seven discussion tables. Literacy, coordinated 
by Judith Kalman was the opening discussion table, followed by education 
and work coordinated by Enrique Pieck; education, citizenship, human rights 
and participation coordinated  by Sergio Haddad; education for indigenous 
and peasant populations, coordinated by Luis Benavides; education for young 
people coordinated by Alberto Brussa; education and gender coordinated by 
Maria Irigoin; and education, local development, and sustainable 
development coordinated by Rosa Maria Boggio. 
A report is available from Jose Rivero at the OREALC office in Santiago. 

The Democratic Communication for Adult Education (DECADE) Project is an 
initiative of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) to 
democratise information and communication technologies within the context 
of global adult education. It seeks to integrate new information and 
communication technologies with traditional means of communication in order 
to improve democratic communication for participants, especially women, in 
adult education. The ultimate intention of this project is that each ICAE 
region (of which the Caribbean is one) will have its own means of 
exchanging information through regional networks that are integrated in the 
J. Roby Kidd Resource Centre in Toronto, Canada. Working through the 
Caribbean Regional Council for Adult Education (CARCAE), ICAE selected the 
Caribbean region for the design and establishment of a pilot Regional 
Communication Centre. The experience gained from the Caribbean pilot will 
inform the development of other RCCs in each ICAE region. 
info and contact: Christine Marrett, Coordinator (


A 3-day Expert Seminar with the objective to create the Adult Learning 
Documentation and Information Network (ALADIN), was convened by the UNESCO 
Institute for Education in Hamburg, Germany, 29-31 October, 1998, attended 
by 25 participants representing adult learning documentation and 
information centres from all world regions and many international 
organizations. ALADIN seminar participants developed and adopted an Action 
Plan that is founded on the principles of free and global access to 
information and creating a culture of peace. 
Some of the immediate actions for the Network include the following: 
* to establish ALADIN's website 
* to publish an electronic version of the Directory of Networks members 
* to publicize the network via UNESCO, World Bank, ICAE and other channels 
* to explore possibilities to establish e-mail access for those Network 
partners so far without electronic links 
* to identify Network focal points to facilitate national, regional and cross-regional linkages crystallizing around a language, a sector or a subject specialization 
* to develop the groundwork for the creation of new centres 
A full version of the Action Plan is available from UIE's Documentation 
Centre upon request (

The seminar in Havana, Cuba, on 30 November - 04 December was organized in 
cooperation with the UNESCO representative office in Havana, Cuba and 
brought together 26 participants from Thailand, Pakistan, China, Lebanon, 
South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Mexico, Bolivia, Uruguay, Philippines and 
Cuba itself from various research centres and ministries. 
In the final analysis three broad issues for the population field were 
defined: the ageing population, masculinity and new identities, and sexual 
and reproductive health and rights. AIDS education was a prominent feature 
of the discussion. 
In addition to the group presentations and discussions various field trips 
were organized: to the Universidad Pedagogica Nacional, to the Literacy 
Museum, to the Centro Nacional de Educacion Sexual, the Centro de Estudios 
Demograficos, and to a community project in a poorer area of La Habana. 
contact: Linda King, UIE (

A small consultation meeting for the preparation for the International Year 
of Old Persons (1999) was organized by UIE in Hamburg, Germany on 07 
December, 1998. participants from Germany, Macau, Netherlands and UK as 
well as representatives from the International Council of adult Education 
(ICAE) and the World Health Organization (WHO) discussed strategies for 
adult learning activities in the context of the coming International Year 
of Old Persons. 
contact: Toshio Ohsako (

Professor Eric Bockstael, Wayne State University, project coordinator and 
researcher for the CONFINTEA follow-up survey, informs us that he still is 
receiving completed questionnaires, the latest one on December 10 from 
Columbia. All completed questionnaires will now be computer scanned. The 
final report of the first phase should be completed by January 31, 1999. 
The second phase of this project will begin by March 1, 1999.Those who have 
provided  a return name and address will receive the second questionnaire. 
The final report will have been mailed by the UIE by that time. Persons 
from 47 countries have completed 217 questionnaires, thus offering a good 
sample of those present at CONINTEA V. 


CON-NEXUS No 1 (May - September 1998), the 32-pages Follow-up Bulletin of 
CONFINTEA V is available from UIE ( CON-NEXUS No 2 will 
be available in January. 

****Regional Follow-Up Consultation Meeting of CONFINTEA V, June  1998, 
Thailand, Final Report. 
****Symposium on Basic Education and Lifelong Learning, September, 1998, 
People's Republic of China, Final Report. 
****Second Meeting of the Intergovernmental Regional Committee on Education 
in Asia and Pacific, November 1998, Thailand, Draft Final Report 
all three publications available from Ms. Lucille Gregorio, 
Coordinator a.i., APPEAL, UNESCO PROAP, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, Thailand 
10110, Thailand, Tel. No. (662)391-0577, Fax: (662)391-0866, email: 
****Symposium on Information and Communication Technology for Non-formal 
Education in Asia and Today and Tomorrow,  1997 , Thailand, Final Report 
available from Ms. Vachiraporn Amaritanan, Department of Non-formal Educati 
on, Ministry of Education, Bangkok 10300,Thailand. 

****Developing a Network of Adult Learning Documentation and Information 
Services. Directory of Members. Répertoire des membres. Directorio de los 
miembros. Mitgliederverzeichnis. By Ursula Giere. Hamburg: UNESCO Institute 
for Education, 1998. 203 p. 
This analytical and annotated Directory, outcome of a worldwide survey 
carried out by UIE's Documentation Centre and co-financed by the German 
Federal Ministry of  Education, Science, Research and Technology, will 
serve as the basis for planning, implementing and financing international 
co-operation and cross-border networking between adult education 
documentation and information services worldwide. Profiling 90 centres from 
around the world the Directory serves as a reference tool for information 
seekers and information providers. It documents and interprets the present 
situation of adult learning documentation and information services 
including geographical disparities, uneven access to new technologies, user 
groups served, and special activities. It identifies compatibilities in 
data management, indicates difficulties and challenges in the work, 
cooperation, and networking. It highlights future developments focusing on 
strategies and perspectives and informs about the roles and functions 
within the Network envisaged by different Network Members. 
Available from UIE ( 


University of Bremen, Germany, 25 to 27 February 1999. 
The conference aims at: 
- linking up present development in education and lifelong learning on a 
  theoretical and practical level 
- discussing the lifelong learning concept and its relevance for schools 
- offering a chance for a European exchange of experiences with new learnin 
g models inside and outside schools 
In addition to plenary lectures the following themes will be discussed in 
sectional work: 
1.) Teacher's training and lifelong learning 
2.) Perspectives of schools as new communities 
3.) Schools, technology and lifelong learning 
4.) Key qualifications for the future 
5.) Educational methods: new challenges 
6.) Intercultural learning and the construction of gender 
7.) Self-directed lifelong learning 
For more details and registration please see:  
contact: Dr. Eva Kammler (

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