It is evident that the gap between the rich and the poor is constantly increasing – both within countries and between them. Surely it is our job as adult educators to slow down or even stop this development, most importantly by reaching out to the people most marginalized.
In order to demonstrate the relevance of adult education as a means to fight poverty, the regional offices in the Middle East and Southeast Asia collected good-practice examples from their regions that can serve as blueprints which can then be extended and disseminated. After two workshops in Amman (Jordan) and Siem Reap (Cambodia) that shed further light on adult education practices in the respective regions, these good-practice examples were embedded in a context that illustrated the poverty situation in Jordan and Cambodia and that critically looked at the development framework in which adult education projects take place.
As a result, a mutual publication highlighting these examples was launched. It will support the DVV International offices in the two regions, but potentially worldwide, in espousing the strong role adult education can play with regard to poverty alleviation.