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When perusing the literature, discourse and practice of adult education, specifically adult literacy, it is interesting to note that the majority of authors refer to “adult literacy provision”. However, when we look at the literature and practices of the health, agriculture and other sectors, it seems that the terminology changes and the words “service delivery” are introduced. One may ask whether this matters. It seems it does, because it changes the way we think about our target group, what and how we offer what we think they need.

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, Adela Scutaru-Gutu , Moldova

Ludmila's dream

Almost every girl in the world has tried to create garments for her dolls – either in a simple way, twisting a piece of fabric over the doll’s waist or in a more sophisticated manner, trying to learn the craft while watching a skilled needlewoman. When Ludmila, a girl from Chisinau, Moldova was sewing dresses for her dolls, adults didn’t take her seriously. Yet a neighbour-woman kept repeating: “Surely one day you’ll be a fashion-designer.”

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Gaining new perspectives and abilities, dealing with a painful past, strengthening self-esteem and self-realization, enjoying a sense of community with new friends, having fun, feeling young again, escaping from everyday life and learning new ways to communicate, these are just some of the reasons that brought adults, especially elderly people, to the Adult Education Centers in Georgia and motivated them to start learning again.

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Farrell Hunter, Country Director of DVV International in South Africa, talks about a workshop which reflected on the role and challenges of community non-formal and popular education in the broader education context in South Africa.

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Despite many efforts which are underway to ensure quality education and to open access to literacy education, the illiteracy rate in Afghanistan is still high. According to optimistic estimations the illiteracy rate in Afghanistan is 62 % and is considered among the highest in the world. DVV International and partners like ANAFAE fight to improve the situation, but they require more attention and support.

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Read Amanuel Hadera's account of the implementation of new adult education methods in a rural Ethiopian setting.

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Ibrahim Matovu is an adult educator/facilitator of the Kibisi ‘Obwavu Mpologoma’ Integrated Community Learning for Wealth Creation (ICOLEW) Group. He talks about his work and his motivation.

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African leaders recognise the strong link between education and development, but in spite of the political statement made at CONFINTEA VI (2009), very limited changes have been observed in Sub-Saharan African countries.

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"Who says learning shouldn’t continue into adulthood?", asks Journalist Lika Chigladze who participated in the opening event of the 11th Adult Education Center in Georgia on April 24, 2019.

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En Afrique de l’Ouest en général et au Mali en particulier, le manque de données fiables est un élément qui caractérise plusieurs départements ministériels et constitue un véritable frein pour le plaidoyer notamment dans notre secteur de l’éducation des adultes, et cela malgré une cellule de planification et de statistiques au niveau de chaque département.

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, Peter Kearns and Denise Reghenzani-Kearns , Australia

Towards good active ageing for all in a context of deep demographic change and dislocation

Germany, like a growing number of other countries, is confronted by the challenge of demographic change with ageing populations. Moreover, this demographic revolution is occurring at a time when revolutionary changes in digital technologies associated with artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnologies are starting to impact on society so that governments are facing the perplexing question of what kind of society will emerge – machine dominated or humanistic.

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