CONFINTEA VI follow-up event in Switzerland

On 5 July 2010, the Swiss Federation for Adult Learning (SVEB) held a meeting in Bern, Switzerland, to discuss the follow-up to CONFINTEA VI. The event – “CONFINTEA VI – The Results; The World Conference on Adult Education and its Implications for Switzerland” – was organised in cooperation with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Swiss Network for Education and International Cooperation (RECI), and brought together 50 participants from the fields of policy and practice. The keynote speakers were Adama Ouane, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, and Lynne Chisholm, one of the editors of the first Global Report on Adult Education (GRALE).

André Schläfli, Director of SVEB, gave a strong statement saying that CONFINTEA VI would only have an impact if individual countries take the Belém Framework for Action seriously and follow up on it. By the mid-term conference in 2015, he added, Switzerland should have developed recommendations based on the Framework. These should be of specific relevance for the country, covering issues such as the development of innovative concepts for the promotion of basic skills for adults, measures to eliminate barriers to participation, increases in public expenditure and improvements to legislative measures.

Participants also discussed the implications of CONFINTEA VI with regard to development cooperation. Fabienne Lagier from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) emphasized the importance of promoting adult learning in development work. SVEB called for a CONFINTEA VI follow-up report for Switzerland that would reflect those Framework recommendations of particular relevance to adult education in Switzerland as well as to the country’s development cooperation activities with regard to adult education.

For more information, please consult: www.alice.ch/de/sveb/tagungen/archiv/confintea-dissemination/

Contact: Bernard Grämiger (bernhard.graemiger(at)alice.ch)