May 2018

International conference on adult education in Moldova and Romania

Participants of the conference (to the right: Adela Scutaru-Gutu, Country Director of DVV International in Moldova)

The fifth conference in the series entitled “International Conferences on Adult Education” was held in Iasi, Romania, and at the same time in Chisinau, Moldova, from 25 to 28 April 2018 under the motto “Education for values – continuity and context”. The series of conferences is organised by the University of Iasi, and the partners this time included the State University of Moldova and DVV International.

The fifth conference in the series entitled “International Conferences on Adult Education” was held in Iasi, Romania, and at the same time in Chisinau, Moldova, from 25 to 28 April 2018 under the motto “Education for values – continuity and context”. The series of conferences is organised by the University of Iasi, and the partners this time included the State University of Moldova and DVV International.

More than 100 representatives from Academia, the political arena and civil society from roughly 13 European countries – from the EU and the Eastern neighbours – discussed questions related to both tried-and-tested as well as innovative strategies and policies for value-based adult education, and its practical implementation, in a variety of contexts.

Promoting value formation

The international debate on values in education has become stronger since priority was allotted in decision-making, legislation and educational funding to promoting knowledge, abilities and skills, as against forming attitudes and values. The attendees agreed that this shortcoming needed to be countered. A keynote speech at the opening event entitled “Skills and values in international commitments” revealed how differently the two components are also entrenched in important global adult education processes and concepts such as the CONFINTEA process or the global Sustainability Goals.

DVV International organised three workshops in Chisinau on the following topics as part of the conference:

  • Adult Education Centres: their role and function for development and innovation
  • The Sustainability Goals of the Agenda 2030 for strengthening values and skills
  • Learning cities and creative economies

Staff from DVV International and its partners from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Ukraine presented practical experiences from their countries during the workshops.

Honorary Doctorate presented to the former head of DVV International

The State University of Moldova presented an Honorary Doctorate to the former head of DVV International’s Institute, Prof. Heribert Hinzen, before the conference on 24 April 2018. In the laudatio, the Dean of the Faculty of Educational Science pointed to the special service rendered by Prof. Hinzen over a period of decades for international adult education and lifelong learning.

In a subsequent open lecture on “100 years of Adult Education Centres – 50 years of DVV International”, attended by students and teachers at the State University of Moldova, Prof. Hinzen presented a timeline of the history, present and future as well as global goals and activities in adult education and development.

Further information
Complete programme of the conference (as a PDF)
Heribert Hinzen’s speech in the Senate (as a PDF)


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