Discussing the Belém Framework for Action in Nicaragua 

The Adult Education Council of Latin America (CEAAL) convened a workshop in Nicaragua on 2-3 September 2010 entitled "The contribution of popular education in the construction of emancipatory paradigms". The aim was to provide a collective reflection – from a popular education perspective – of political, social, economic and cultural experience.

During the workshop Francisco José Lacayo and John B. Arrien presented their analysis, from the Latin American context, of the Belém Framework for Action, which was the key outcome of the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI).

They highlighted the fact that 144 participating UNESCO member states had contributed to and adopted this important document, which takes to a new level the work of the five previous international conferences.

They remarked on some of the mayor successes of the document as well as its principal limitations. One of their main conclusions was that the Belém Framework for Action will only become relevant and effective in Latin America if each country moves forward in applying the Framework’s general concepts to their own national situations.