11th German Adult Education Conference

7-9 November 2001

Congress Centrum Hamburg

Learning through International Cooperation

We are pleased that one of the themes addressed by the German Adult Education Conference is “learning through international cooperation”. We have therefore attempted to put together a varied programme for you, containing themes on both development education and international cooperation, and on plans for these. Numerous researchers and practitioners from Germany and abroad will contribute to the interest of the programme. Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the Foreign Office, the World Bank, the European Union and UNESCO are invited. For ease of understanding, some events will be held in English or with interpretation.

The Programme in Detail:

Development Education

Learning: Lifelong and Globally?

It is a commonly accepted belief that we have to learn our whole life long. But do we also have to learn globally for a fair social and economic life in the future?

Paths Towards a Sustainable Future: Global Challenges and Regional Implementation

This lecture will deal with the global framework for sustainable development, the basic requirements for such development, and possible action plans at the local and regional levels.

Globalization: What about the South?

Is the gap between poor and rich widening, or does everyone have the opportunity to benefit from globalization? A representative from the German Advisory Council on Global Environmental Change will give a balanced assessment.

Agenda 21 – Eight Steps towards Local Government for the Future

The aim of this handbook, which is sponsored by the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for the Environment, is to give practical assistance with finding solutions at local and regional government levels. Even those with experience of the Agenda process will find new and stimulating ideas in this presentation and in the book itself.

Adult Education Centres in the Context of Globalization

The globalization debate is often about people losing their own culture. But societies are not simply passively taken over by foreign influences. They interpret new ideas, lifestyles and people, and integrate them into their everyday lives. The international/intercultural programme of the Stuttgart Adult Education Centre will show how this process can be supported.

Learning Intercultural Ethics

This international project (VHS Greifswald; Komvux Lund, Sweden; Stevenson College Edinburgh, UK) has the following aims: the development of understanding and awareness of intercultural problems, the establishment of requirements for equal access by ethnic minorities to adult education, and the exchange of ideas and strategies for working with intercultural conflicts in teaching.

The Uncomfortable Stranger – Xenophobia in Germany. Empirical Results

On the basis of an empirical analysis of the rise, development, and spread of xenophobic attitudes in East and West, the speaker will appeal for a form of political education which helps to protect against xenophobic prejudice through knowledge and ideological critique.

Does Local and Global Action Matter? – The Current Attitude of Adult Education Centres Towards Agenda 21

Learning through International Cooperation

We are pleased that one of the themes addressed by the German Adult Education Conference is “learning through international cooperation”. We have therefore attempted to put together a varied programme for you, containing themes on both development education and international cooperation, and on plans for these. Numerous researchers and practitioners from Germany and abroad will contribute to the interest of the programme. Representatives of the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, the Foreign Office, the World Bank, the European Union and UNESCO are invited. For ease of understanding, some events will be held in English or with interpretation.

The Programme in Detail:

Development Education

Learning: Lifelong and Globally?

It is a commonly accepted belief that we have to learn our whole life long. But do we also have to learn globally for a fair social and economic life in the future?

Paths Towards a Sustainable Future: Global Challenges and Regional Implementation

This lecture will deal with the global framework for sustainable development, the basic requirements for such development, and possible action plans at the local and regional levels.

Globalization: What about the South?

Is the gap between poor and rich widening, or does everyone have the opportunity to benefit from globalization? A representative from the German Advisory Council on Global Environmental Change will give a balanced assessment.

Agenda 21 – Eight Steps towards Local Government for the Future

The aim of this handbook, which is sponsored by the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for the Environment, is to give practical assistance with finding solutions at local and regional government levels. Even those with experience of the Agenda process will find new and stimulating ideas in this presentation and in the book itself.

Adult Education Centres in the Context of Globalization

The globalization debate is often about people losing their own culture. But societies are not simply passively taken over by foreign influences. They interpret new ideas, lifestyles and people, and integrate them into their everyday lives. The international/intercultural programme of the Stuttgart Adult Education Centre will show how this process can be supported.

Learning Intercultural Ethics

This international project (VHS Greifswald; Komvux Lund, Sweden; Stevenson College Edinburgh, UK) has the following aims: the development of understanding and awareness of intercultural problems, the establishment of requirements for equal access by ethnic minorities to adult education, and the exchange of ideas and strategies for working with intercultural conflicts in teaching.

The Uncomfortable Stranger – Xenophobia in Germany. Empirical Results

On the basis of an empirical analysis of the rise, development, and spread of xenophobic attitudes in East and West, the speaker will appeal for a form of political education which helps to protect against xenophobic prejudice through knowledge and ideological critique.

Does Local and Global Action Matter? – The Current Attitude of Adult Education Centres Towards Agenda 21

Since the Rio Conference, many adult education centres have been contributing good ideas and energy to the Agenda process. It is time to take stock – partly in view of the forthcoming international conference, “Rio plus 10”, to be held in 2002 in Johannesburg.

A Workshop on How to Combat Prejudice

This training course is perceived as a contribution by political adult ­education towards a democratic culture which will stand up against xenophobia, racism and discrimination in everyday situations. The ­presentation will suggest how to act and react in the face of common prejudices, and will report on positive public reaction to the course and its reception in adult education centres throughout Germany.

Television 21: TV Films for Development Education and their Makers

In June 2001, the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Environmental Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection awarded the so-called “One World Film Prize” to three films. These films, and discussion with their makers, will offer new stimuli to anyone working with media and development education topics.

“How Far is Africa?”

A presentation by the Ahlen Volkshochschule on a richly varied combination of political and cultural education, based on a project by German and African educational institutions.

International Cooperation

Learning and Working in an International Context

Every year, since 1999, the Reutlingen Volkshochschule has been organising an “International Conference on Current Trends in Adult Education” together with six European partner organizations. Although these differ significantly in structure and methods, it has been possible to work together closely and to launch numerous bilateral and multilateral projects.

Video Conferences and Online Courses: New Forms of Learning in International Cooperation

For the last six years, cooperation between the Brandenburg Adult Education Association and partners including Pierce College (U.S.) has focused on a number of subjects ranging from introductions to different adult education systems, learning with new media (such as video conferences and online courses), and the organization of actual international partnership projects.

From International Contact to Equal Partnership

The example of cooperation between the Lower Saxony Adult Education Association (Landesverband der Volkshochschulen Niedersachsen e.V.) and the Akadémia Vzdelávania of the Slovak Republic will provide lessons and experiences in international cooperation.

International and European Final Drafts

Education for All and Lifelong Learning

The number of adults participating in institutionalized and self-organized learning is continously growing in industrialized countries. However, there are still 100 million children not attending school and 900 million illiterates around the world. We need to achieve more, in terms of both quantity and quality. How can we do so?

International Cooperation and New Partnerships

What are the new aims and forms of international cooperation in this age of globalization? Who are our potential new partners – and do we need global players in education? The panelists invited will be drawn from a cross-section of bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs working in both education and development.

Literacy and Livelihoods. What Can We Learn from Research?

The World Bank has invited the IIZ/DVV to assess the lessons learned from efforts to combine training for livelihoods with instruction in literacy – and vice versa. Case studies will concentrate on Guinea and Senegal, Kenya and Uganda, while general documentation will cover worldwide experience over 25 years.

European Voices on the “Memorandum for Lifelong Learning”

Following the European Council meeting in Lisbon in March 2000, the European Commission has produced a “Memorandum on Lifelong Learning”. It has invited comments from all major educational players. The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has coordinated consultations with non-governmental adult learning organisations all over Europe. You are invited to learn about and discuss the results of this process.

Adult Education and EU Enlargement in Central and Eastern Europe

EU enlargement in Central and Eastern Europe will happen sooner or later – the only question being which countries will choose – or be allowed – membership. What role can adult education play in this process?

Stability through Adult Education? Projects, Partners and Perspectives in South East Europe

Project partners of the IIZ/DVV will report on their daily experiences of adult education in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FR Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia. The interviews will primarily be held in German, with some in English.

Beyond “Fortress Europe” – Adult Education in Armenia, ­Georgia, Russia and the Ukraine

What are the opportunities for development in countries beyond the boundaries of European enlargement? What can adult education and international cooperation contribute to the transformation process? Project partners of the IIZ/DVV will report in interviews on their practice of adult education.

Since the Rio Conference, many adult education centres have been contributing good ideas and energy to the Agenda process. It is time to take stock – partly in view of the forthcoming international conference, “Rio plus 10”, to be held in 2002 in Johannesburg.

A Workshop on How to Combat Prejudice

This training course is perceived as a contribution by political adult ­education towards a democratic culture which will stand up against xenophobia, racism and discrimination in everyday situations. The ­presentation will suggest how to act and react in the face of common prejudices, and will report on positive public reaction to the course and its reception in adult education centres throughout Germany.

Television 21: TV Films for Development Education and their Makers

In June 2001, the North Rhine-Westphalian Minister for Environmental Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection awarded the so-called “One World Film Prize” to three films. These films, and discussion with their makers, will offer new stimuli to anyone working with media and development education topics.

“How Far is Africa?”

A presentation by the Ahlen Volkshochschule on a richly varied combination of political and cultural education, based on a project by German and African educational institutions.

International Cooperation

Learning and Working in an International Context

Every year, since 1999, the Reutlingen Volkshochschule has been organising an “International Conference on Current Trends in Adult Education” together with six European partner organizations. Although these differ significantly in structure and methods, it has been possible to work together closely and to launch numerous bilateral and multilateral projects.

Video Conferences and Online Courses: New Forms of Learning in International Cooperation

For the last six years, cooperation between the Brandenburg Adult Education Association and partners including Pierce College (U.S.) has focused on a number of subjects ranging from introductions to different adult education systems, learning with new media (such as video conferences and online courses), and the organization of actual international partnership projects.

From International Contact to Equal Partnership

The example of cooperation between the Lower Saxony Adult Education Association (Landesverband der Volkshochschulen Niedersachsen e.V.) and the Akadémia Vzdelávania of the Slovak Republic will provide lessons and experiences in international cooperation.

International and European Final Drafts

Education for All and Lifelong Learning

The number of adults participating in institutionalized and self-organized learning is continously growing in industrialized countries. However, there are still 100 million children not attending school and 900 million illiterates around the world. We need to achieve more, in terms of both quantity and quality. How can we do so?

International Cooperation and New Partnerships

What are the new aims and forms of international cooperation in this age of globalization? Who are our potential new partners – and do we need global players in education? The panelists invited will be drawn from a cross-section of bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs working in both education and development.

Literacy and Livelihoods. What Can We Learn from Research?

The World Bank has invited the IIZ/DVV to assess the lessons learned from efforts to combine training for livelihoods with instruction in literacy – and vice versa. Case studies will concentrate on Guinea and Senegal, Kenya and Uganda, while general documentation will cover worldwide experience over 25 years.

European Voices on the “Memorandum for Lifelong Learning”

Following the European Council meeting in Lisbon in March 2000, the European Commission has produced a “Memorandum on Lifelong Learning”. It has invited comments from all major educational players. The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) has coordinated consultations with non-governmental adult learning organisations all over Europe. You are invited to learn about and discuss the results of this process.

Adult Education and EU Enlargement in Central and Eastern Europe

EU enlargement in Central and Eastern Europe will happen sooner or later – the only question being which countries will choose – or be allowed – membership. What role can adult education play in this process?

Stability through Adult Education? Projects, Partners and Perspectives in South East Europe

Project partners of the IIZ/DVV will report on their daily experiences of adult education in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, FR Yugoslavia, Macedonia, Romania and Slovenia. The interviews will primarily be held in German, with some in English.

Beyond “Fortress Europe” – Adult Education in Armenia, ­Georgia, Russia and the Ukraine

What are the opportunities for development in countries beyond the boundaries of European enlargement? What can adult education and international cooperation contribute to the transformation process? Project partners of the IIZ/DVV will report in interviews on their practice of adult education.