Stories

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

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A shipment of 40 boxes with books on adult education started its journey from the University of British Columbia (UBC, Vancouver, Canada) to the DVV International East/Horn of Africa Regional Office in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). The books are from the Coolie Verner Memorial Reading Room (CVMRR – Coolie Verner was the first Professor in the Department of Adult Education at UBC), which is a specialised library, affiliated with the Department of Educational Studies at UBC.

The closure of the CVMRR comes at a point when other libraries and information services in Canada also had to close down due to the deep funding cuts in adult learning and literacy research over the past few years that basically dismantled the Canadian literacy support infrastructure.

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, Johanni Larjanko , Finland

Window to the world

I am looking out a window. I see my childhood. I see a lake.

It is summer in Finland, and I am sitting in the summer cottage my grandmother bought in the 1950ies. I am editing the next edition of Adult Education and Development. I read texts from all over the world. They tell stories about what it means to be a citizen on this planet. They are touching, personal, angry. They are calls for action, testimonials, everyday insights. They are engaged, constructive, analytical.

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, Kata Fodor , Laos

Laotian Smile

Hi, I am Kata from Hungary. I came to Laos to work for DVV International in May for a three-month internship. It might not seem like a long time since I arrived, but I already feel I have covered a lot of ground and had the chance to gain a deeper insight into the significance and practicalities of adult education from different perspectives. Since DVV International works on all levels – macro, meso and micro – it provides a really unique opportunity to engage in both top-down and bottom-up activities, and develop a holistic understanding of the challenges and opportunities characterising adult education.

I had the opportunity, for instance, to travel to a beautiful district of Laos, called Luang Prabang to assist one of DVV’s expert trainers to conduct a training for teachers in a…

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, Dr. Ingrid Schöll, Director, and Andreas Preu, Head of Department Politics, Science and International Affairs – both Volkshochschule Bonn

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Within the last two decades, Bonn has grown into Germany’s United Nations city and a centre where the global challenges of the future are addressed. Lifelong learning in this regard is crucial to empower people to unlock their potential to create a sustainable future. The city has now joined UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities in order to support learning opportunities for all.

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, Raúl Valdés-Cotera, UNESCO Institute for Liefelong Learning

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, Christoph Jost, Director, and Uwe Gartenschlaeger, Deputy Director - both DVV International , Germany

Reflecting on the Futures of ALE – Because the future cannot wait

Christoph Jost and Uwe Gartenschlaeger reflect on the action of the International Council for Adult Education to reposition ALE and to imagine the future of the sector.

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In the increasingly technologized and globalized world of the 21st century, societal participation will primarily be defined by the personal level of digital media literacy. How can and should the international adult education sector contribute to digital media literacy education? What does the adult education sector need to do in order to anticipate all the changes induced by the pace of technological development?

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, Donia Benmiloud, Regional Director North Africa, DVV International

Gender in adult learning and education – Toolkit for the MENA region

DVV International regional offices in the Middle East and North Africa embarked on the elaboration of a toolkit that addresses the topic of gender in adult learning and education. The toolkit provides practical, effective and innovative solutions and tools for adult education stakeholders so that the design and implementation of programmes in adult education are gender-sensitive and inclusive for all members of society.

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