3. Parallel Workshops - 3 December 15:30–17:00

3.1 Recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning

Organizer: European Association for the Education of
Adults (EAEA) & National Institute for Lifelong
Education (Republic of Korea)

Description: Looks at the Academic Credit Bank and
Lifelong Learning Account Systems in the Republic of
Korea, as well as European national policies that
recognise non-formal and informal learning. Will
generate recommendations for developing validation
frameworks for non-formal learning.

Moderators: Dae-Bong Kwon and Sue Waddington

Presenters: Ein-Soon Baik (NILE) and Eeva-Inkera Sirelius (EAEA)


3.2 Learners’ voice

Organizer: National Institute of Adult Continuing
Education (England and Wales) & Scottish Adult
Learning Partnership

Description: Discusses the importance of encouraging and
enabling learners to voice their opinions on adult
education systems and structures by sharing best
practices and various solutions to the problem of how
best to secure and maintain a voice for learners.

Moderator: Lord Tony Young

Presenters: Sue Neilson (Canada), Jan Helga Svendsen/Ellen Stavlund (Norway), Anne Vinerier/Nadia Baragiola, Peter Lavender/Fiona Boucher/John Gates/Chris Fairgrieve/Winifred Hignell, Magdalena Motsi, and Alemayehu Hailu Gebre (Ethiopia)

3.3 South-South cooperation in the field of adult education and learning

Organizer: AlfaSol, San Tome and Principe’s Ministry of
Education, l’Etablissement Qataro-Mauritanien pour le
Développement Social & Qatar Foundation

Description: Highlights experiences of AlfaSol in San Tome
and Principe and in other developing countries.
Discusses ways of incorporating cross-cutting issues
into ALE projects and how ALE can promote
citizenship and human rights. Emphasises the need for
donor country support for South-South cooperation.

Moderators: Luara Landulpho Alves Lopes and Ednéia

Presenters: Mr Ali Zainal (Ambassador of Qatar to UNESCO), Maria Helena Pinheiro Bonfim (STP), Filipe Bandeira Paquete (STP)

3.4 Accountability mechanisms in adult literacy

Organizer: Asian South Pacific Association for Basic and
Adult Education (ASPBAE) & International Council for
Adult Education (ICAE)

Description: Discusses the issue of accountability in policies
and governance, drawing on experiences in Asia and
the South Pacific, and Africa. Highlights accountability
mechanisms in non-formal education and cost-benefit
analyses as means of ensuring accountability in literacy

Moderator: Ana Agostino

Presenters: Malini Ghose (Nirantar), Rene Raya (ASPBAE) and Boaz Waruku (ANCEFA)

3.5 Sharing countries’ experiences of addressing the adult literacy challenge

Organizer: UNESCO– UIL and UNLD

Description: Features examples from specific countries on
key national literacy challenges and on experiences
tackling these challenges; shares ideas on the best
strategies for addressing remaining challenges;
discusses and makes recommendations on how
international frameworks such as the UNLD Strategic
Framework and the LIFE vision and strategy paper can
be used effectively as guidelines to meet these
challenges at the national level

Moderators: Mmantsetsa Marope and Hassana Alidou

Presenters: El Habib Nadir (Morocco), Ehsanur Rahman
(Bangladesh), Meissa Diop (Senegal), Ulrike Hanemann/and Margarete Sachs-Israel (UNESCO)

3.6 Intergenerational literacy and learning: Promoting Early Childhood Development (ECD) in parenting skills education

Organizer: UNESCO Regional Bureau of Education in Africa
(BREDA) & Association for the Development of African
Education (ADEA)

Description: Highlights the promotion of intergenerational
learning through family literacy in a number of African
countries. Aims to generate strategies for ensuring
implementation (bridges between formal, informal
and non-formal education; the role of parenting
education, Early Childhood Development components
and the media in literacy programmes).

Moderators: Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta (UNESCO BREDA)

Presenters: KKoumba Boly (ADEA), Rokhaya Diawara (UNESCO/BREDA), Binetou Rassoul Aw Sall (Senegal) and Salum R. Mnjagila (Tanzania), Ousseyni Tamboura (Burkina Faso), Amadou Wade Digne (Senegal), Wim Hopper (Resource Person)

3.7 Assessing literacy and evaluating literacy programmes

Organizer: Open Society Foundation (OSF)

Description: Explains two core literacy models from the
South Pacific and Africa and their global relevance.

Moderator: Ian Macpherson

Presenters: Wolfgang Leurmer (dvv international), Louise Knight (South Africa Reflect Network), Mohammad Muntasim Tanvir (ActionAid Bangladesh), Emma Pearce (ActionAid UK), Kas MJ Cascant i Sempere (South Africa Reflect Network) 



3.8 The strategic use of ICTs and adult learning

Organizer: UNESCO Brasília Office & Secretary of Open and Distance Learning, Ministry of Education, Brazil

Description: Debates the issue from a worldwide perspective, highlighting specific challenges. Focuses on finding strategies to incorporate new technologies into ALE and transfer the proven success of ICTs in basic education to the field of adult learning.

Moderator: Guilherme Canela (UNESCO)

Presenters: Fernando Almeida (PUCSP), Alvana Maria Bof, (MEC, Brazil) and Regina Festa (UNESCO)

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4. Parallel Workshops - 3 December 17:30–19:00

4.1 The decision-maker's dilemma: How important is adult literacy within comprehensive education policies?

Organizer: Norway

Description: Explores literacy and adult learning as a means
of achieving EFA and MDG goals. Discusses how to
integrate ALE into sector-wide policies, the role of
INGOs/NGOs. Will generate strategies to put ALE on
education agendas and secure stable financing.

Moderator: Ole Briseid (Norwegian Delegation to UNESCO)

Presenters: Daggubati Purandeswari (India), Andre Luiz de
Figueiredo Lazaro (Brazil), Sarah Wright (USAID) and
Koumba Boly-Barry (Burkina Faso)

4.2 Inclusion of indigenous people in adult learning and education

Organizer: National Institute for Adult Education (INEA) in
Mexico & Ministry of Education of Brazil

Description: Analyses national and regional case studies to
generate recommendations on public policy,
governmental involvement in establishinglegal
frameworks, ways to mobilise stakeholders and means
of securing budgets to fund adequate literacy
provision for indigenous groups.

Moderator: Sylvia Schmelkes

Presenters: Luz María Castro (INEA, México), Gersen Luciano (SECAD, Brazil), Silvia Chumira (Bolivia), Úrsula Klesing (DVV México) and Sandy Morrison  (New Zealand)

4.3 First-language-based adult education and learning

Organizers: SIL International & Asia-Pacific Programme of
Education for All (APPEAL) – UNESCO Bangkok
Office/Ministry of Education of Bolivia

Description: Highlights the challenges to ALE posed by
linguistic diversity. Discusses how these can be
addressed through instruction in learners’ first
language. Shares related case studies and good
practices and highlights the importance of cultural and
indigenous knowledge when using local languages.

Moderator: Hameed A. Hakeem (UNESCO)

Presenters: Ian Cheffy (SIL International), Clinton Robinson (consultant), Chey Chap (Cambodia), Hassana Alidou (UIL), Marília Ferreira-Silva (Federal University of Pará, Brazil) and Dato’ Ahamad bin Sipon (SEAMEO)

4.4 Promoting adult learning and education – Adult Learners’ Week and Learning Regions

Organizer: European Association for the Education of
Adults (EAEA)

Description: Focuses on how to involve institutions,
individuals, politicians and the economic sector in ALE
in building effective networks. Analyses examples of
international best practice with the aim of generating
new ideas for countries planning to establish Adult
Learners’ Weeks.

Moderator: Ruth Jermann

Presenter: Katarina Popovic (Adult Education Society, dvv international, Serbia) and Alan Tuckett (NIACE, UK)

4.5 Good practices for effective literacy programme delivery – Focus on E9

Organizers: UNESCO EFA Unit, UNESCO Brasilia Office &
Ministry of Education of Brazil

Description: Explores good practices in the area of learning
assessment. Shares related information with E-9 and
other countries from the South in the context of
triangular cooperation. Aims to provide policy
guidance to countries and develop recommendations
for incorporation into E-9 network activities.

Moderator:Ms Mmantsetsa Marope (UNESCO)

Presenters: Raafat Radwan (Egypt), Xiaoman Zhu (China)

4.6 Literacy assessment and monitoring

Organizer: Organization of Ibero American States (OEI)

Description: Analyses the various ways of developing
assessment strategies to overcome illiteracy as well as
the implications of direct interventions.

Moderator: Rogelio Pla (OEI)

Presenters: Paz Barreiro (MEC), Rodolfo Elías (OEI), César
Guadalupe (UIS) and Dan Wagner (University of

4.7 National qualifications frameworks and adult learning

Organizer: European Training Foundation (ETF)

Description: Asks how far qualifications framework can
promote policy objectives related to adult learning
within the perspective of lifelong learning. Analyses
ongoing reforms across the regions and their impact
on ALE, with particular reference to Tunisia, Turkey
and South Africa.

Moderator: Borhène Chakroun

Presenters: Patrick Werquin (OECD) and James Keevy (SAQA)

4.8 The possibilities for monitoring CONFINTEA VI: Different perspectives

Organizer: African Platform for Adult Education

Description: Showcases effective monitoring mechanisms
developed and implemented by governments and
CSOs in a number of African countries, including
Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal, identifies principles
for effective monitoring and generates
recommendations on how to monitor the
implementation of the Belém Framework. Also
discusses challenges for data collection and monitoring
of adult learning and education.

Moderator: Diarra Mahamadou Cheick

Presenters: Sara Longwe (FEMNET), Martijn Marijnis (ICCO),
Diaby Moussa (Mali) and Friedrich Huebler (UNESCO Institute for Statistics)