18.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

ALADIN Advisory Committee Meeting 25 May 2012

The ALADIN Advisory Committee Meeting convened at UIL on 25 May 2012. The meeting was organized as one of a series of events on 24 and 25 May to commemorate the 60th anniversary of UNESCO’s presence in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg-Germany.UNESCO Beirut participated in this meeting.

On 24 May a public lecture took place at Hamburg University addressing the issue of “Responding to Global Challenges through Lifelong Learning” in the presence of UNESCO DG, Mrs. Irena Bokova.

The global ALADIN Network of about 100 specialized Adult Education Documentation and Information Centres is a unique platform for sharing knowledge and experiences concerning all aspects of Adult Education documentation. The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) located in Hamburg is the hub of the ALADIN Network and has taken various actions to promote and foster collaboration in developing and improving Adult Education through a world-wide Network of Documentation and Information Centres. The ALADIN Network members that design, plan, support and apply Adult Education documentation programmes have an important role to play at regional/national levels.

ALADIN Advisory Committee Meeting gains importance in the fields of planning, research, and development. The Members were mobilized in the implementation of a well structured work plan for 2012-2013, with particular reference to enhancing effectiveness of the ALADIN Network in advisory services at the region/country levels through establishing coherent and cooperative multilateral approaches.

The year 2012 marks 15 years of ALADIN and therefore can be considered a historical maker to maximize its contribution to achieve relevant lifelong learning for all and to place strong emphasis on identifying new members especially in the Arab region and raising awareness through UNESCO field Offices. Given this context, UNESCO-Beirut Documentation and Information Centre will disseminate the International Literacy Day (8 September 2012) through ALADIN and good practices will be compiled for publication purposes.

The advisory committee members made presentations and a thorough exchange of ideas then came up with a possible work plan on how to put things into the right perspective.

The main results of the meeting are the following:

- to field-test and update the ALADIN Toolkit

- to further compile regional bibliographies

- to develop a simplified PALDIN course

- to further translate the ALADIN homepage

- to explore the establishment of a central database for Adult Learning materials.

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