09 October 2017

IPE 78 - Adult Education Centres As a Key to Development – Challenges and Success Factors

Building and improving structures has gained importance around the world, especially when it comes to tackling global challenges such as overcoming poverty, confronting mass unemployment and implementing human rights for education.

Building and improving structures has gained importance around the world, especially when it comes to tackling global challenges such as overcoming poverty, confronting mass unemployment and implementing human rights for education.

Adult education centres, as carriers of such structures, are local learning places that are accessible for a broad sector of the population. They take into account the needs of different groups of people and at the same time can respond flexibly to the complex, constantly changing local, national, but also global framework conditions. Correspondingly multifaceted and diverse are the public images of the learning centres with regard to learning environments, methods, concepts and structures in the different regions.

This is also reflected in the different names for the centres: in Asia it is mainly “Community learning centres”, in the Caucasus region “Adult education centres”, in Japan Kominkan or in Germany the Volkshochschulen (VHS). Despite the many different approaches and orientations, they all have at least one goal in common: the conviction that lifelong learning for all people is an important contribution to the improvement of their living conditions.

Thereby, a new edition of the publication International Perspectives in Adult Education provides an insight into the theory and practice of DVV International and its partners, and also a look at the history and work of the Volkshochschulen in Germany regarding these topics.

The edition is entitled „Adult Education Centres As a Key to Development – Challenges and Success Factors“, and contains following articles:

  • Community learning centres as spaces for Lifelong Learning in the 21st Century
  • Community learning centres in Morocco – An unprecedented experience
  • Adult education centres in Georgia: History and present
  • Adult education in social transformation – development of the Volkshochschule (VHS) landscape after German unification
  • Transformation of adult education institutions in Eastern Europe – Experiences of Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova
  • Financing community learning centers – the Asian perspective
  • Reinforcing the Right to Education through inter-institutional collaboration – an example from Mexico
  • Working with governments – developing and implementing juridical frameworks for adult education
  • Anchoring adult education centres in society
  • Management models in organisations for adult education
  • Youth and adult education in Bolivia: Networking for transformation.

Online version of the publication in English is available here

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