Up to ten public organisations in the Gomel region are conducting programmes in correctional facilities. Not all NGOs are willing to work with this target group. Having said that, and whilst it was practically impossible only ten years ago for NGOs in Belarus to initiate educational activities in correctional facilities, the situation is gradually changing today.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had severe implications for adult learning and education, in common with many other sectors. DVV International has put a considerable effort into supporting adult education providers and learners in its country and regional offices. In Uzbekistan, DVV International organised a distance marathon contest entitled “Adult Education vs. COVID-19”. The main goal of the marathon has been to increase the motivation of adult education providers, representatives of civil society and individual artists in anti-crisis efforts, and to support their ideas aimed at mitigating the negative impact of the pandemic.

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Providing access to inclusive education for persons with disabilities is a challenge for many countries. Ensuring equal education opportunities for everyone is however necessary for professional and personal development. This is also reflected in Sustainable Development Goal 4, which mentions inclusive education for all. In 2018, Tajikistan signed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Even so, providing inclusive education to young people and adults with disabilities still remains a tremendous challenge in Tajikistan, both for the State and for civil society organisations.

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The way we see the world is greatly influenced by culture, be it the values we carry, the perceptions we have or the behaviours we exhibit. Culture also affects how we understand and interact with each other. Therefore, cultural values and norms affect not only our day-to-day interactions with other people, but also extend to the classroom and affect both learning and teaching styles.

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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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