“Adult Education Centres as a Key to Development - Responsibilities, Structures and Benefits”

11 - 12 October 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

Programme (Draft)

Tuesday, October 10th   2017

Arrival of the participants

16.00 - 18.00      

Excursion (optional, 2 groups)
  • Group No 1: Visit of Koda Adult Education Centre                  
  • Group No 22: Excursion to Old Tbilisi   

 Wednesday, October 11th  2017 


Opening Ceremony

Welcome by:

  • Christoph Jost, DVV International, Germany 
  • Monika Lenhard, Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Georgia 
  • Aleksandre Jejelava, Vice Premier of Georgia, Minister of Education and Science 
  • Prof. Dr. Rita Süssmuth, former president of the German parliament, Germany (Video message)

Key messages on adult education centres

  • Christoph Jost, DVV International, Germany 
  • Prof.(H) Dr. Heribert Hinzen


Coffee Break                                        


Thematic block 1: Public responsibility in adult education

Moderation: Matthias Klingenberg, DVV International, Georgia

Key speaker

  • Silas Zuma, National Forum for Community Colleges, South Africa
  • David Handley, Millenium Challenge Accout Georgia, Great Britain
  • Prayut Lakkum, Office of Non-formal and Informal Education, Thailand
  • Bernd Müller, VHS Neukölln /District Government Neukölln, Germany
  • Oliver Deasy, VET expert, Ireland


  • Quiyomiddin Miraliyon, Member of Parliament, Tajikistan
  • Karlo Jamburia, Head o Lagodekhi Municipality,  Local Self-government, Georgia
  • Biljana Mojsovska – Lifelong Learning Center, Macedonia
  • Pavle Tvaliashvili,  Education and Management Team, Georgia
  • Vutha, Lay, UNESCO, Cambodia
  • Volker Ludwig, Grips Theatre Berlin, Germany



15.30 - 17.30

Excursion   (2 groups)

  • Group No. 1: Visit of Koda Adult Education Centre                    
  • Group No. 2: Excursion to Old Tbilisi        

 Thursday, October 12th  2017




Thematic Block 2: Adult Education Centers as key structures

Moderation: Esther Hirsch, DVV International, Germany

Key Input

Characteristics and particular challenges of Adult Educaton Centres

Prof. Dr. Regina Egetenmeyer, University of Würzurg, Germany 


  • Azar Zahi, Arab Network for Popular Education, Lebanon
  • Mouhamadou Diagne, DVV International, Mali
  • Gladys Roxana Fernàndez Bravo, Ministry of Education, Peru
  • Prof. Dr. Lejla Turcilo, University of Sarajevo, Bosnien Herzegowina 
  • Lee Huy Lam, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning, Vietnam 


Coffee Break


Parallel Working Groups

a) Tackling social challenges - The role of adult education centres

Moderation:  Sonja Belete, DVV International, Ethiopia

  • Jawad Al Gousous, DVV International, Jordan
  • Dr. Gerhard Bisovsky, Austrian Association for Adult Education Centres, Austria
  • Oleg Smirnov DVV International, Ukraine

b) Leave no one behind - How to assure access for all?

Moderation: Uwe Gartenschlaeger, DVV International,Laos  

  • Itayosara Rojas, Red de Educación Popular entre Mujeres, Peru
  • Regina Eichen, DVV, Germany
  • Mamadou Oury Popodara Diallo,Union Guinéenne des Volontaires du Développement (UGVD), Guinea 

c) Between power and limits - National networks of adult education centers

Moderation: Galina Veramejchik, DVV International, Belarus 

  • Abdul Bashir Kahliqi, General Manager Afghan National Association for Adult Education  (ANAFAE), Afghanistan
  • Prof. Dr. Mohammed Belghazi,  Country Director DVV International, Morocco
  • Kent Johansson, Nordic Folk High School Council, Sweden
  • Lika Kutelia, Project Cordinator Georgian Adult Education Network (GAEN), Georgia

d) Global standards and global needs - Adult education centres worldwide

Moderation Katrin Denys, DVV International, Germany

  • Yuri Petrushenko, Association for Adult Education, Ukraine
  • Eshetu Abate, DVV International, Ethiopia
  • Ingrid Schöll, VHS Bonn, Germany (tbc)



Feedback to plenary



Thematic block 3:  Impact and wider benefits of adult education centres 

Moderation: Maja Avramovska and Thekla Kelbert, DVV International, Germany

Panel discussion and presentation of research studies and surveys

  • Research on Wider Benefits of Community Learning Centres, Heribert Hinzen, Germany
  • Local communities and CLCs as drivers of sustainable development, Rika Yorozu, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong learning, Germany
  • Questions from audience and discussion



Coffee Break


Promoting adult education in future - key messages

Moderation: Christoph Jost, DVV International, Germany 

  • Katarina Popovic, International Council of Adult Education, Serbia
  • Per Hansen, European Association for the Education of Adults, Denmark
  • Nani Zulminarni, Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education


End of the Conference


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