Networks in Latin America

DVV International cooperates in Latin America with the regional networks CEAAL and REPEM.

CEAAL

The Consejo de Educación de Adultos de América Latina, CEAAL (Latin American Adult Education Council) is the largest coalition of non-governmental adult education organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean. It consists of a total of 195 organisations from 21 Latin American countries. The Secretariat is currently seated in Panama.

As in other parts of the world, in Latin America youth and adult education are generally not the focus of political programmes of governments, but rather barely manage a mostly unnoticed (from politics) existence in the background. This is especially true for non-formal education.

CEAAL is of strategic importance as a lobbying organisation in Latin America because of its many years of expertise and experience in the field of youth and adult education and Educación Popular. By participating in major Latin American initiatives, such as the Campaign for Literacy of the Organisation of American States (OAS), CEAAL provides a decisive contribution to strengthen the impact of civil society on national education policies in favour of disadvantaged populations.

In order to entirely strengthen the networking, CEAAL established three lines of work in 2013:

  1. democracy, development and cooperation
  2. the right to education
  3. social movements

With these themes, CEAAL has formed a global alliance with other networks in order to exert political influence when the occasions are suitable. CEAAL is particularly active in the processes for the preparation of a new development agenda after 2015.

CEAAL publishes the acclaimed magazine La Piragua four times a year.

REPEM

The Latin American women’s network Red de Educación Popular entre Mujeres, REPEM (Network for Popular Education between Women) has been active in all Latin American countries and the Caribbean since 1981. Approximately 180 women’s organisations have joined forces in order to make the issue of education for women and girls a central focus and to formulate it as a political demand. The objectives of the network are to advance women in all spheres of society. REPEM has formulated four content priorities that are being discussed in relevant working groups:

  1. Education, gender and civic participation
  2. Education, gender and economics
  3. Education and democratisation of information; also access to Internet technology
  4. Institutional strengthening

DVV International mainly works with REPEM to focus on gender and economics. Therefore the Institute supports a programme that is geared towards the promotion of economic initiatives by women in the informal sector. As a result of a competition, successful enterprises led by women from various countries received awards, the winners included, among others, a bakery, a cooperative for buying and selling coconuts as well as operations for the production of coconut oil and the processing of fruit and vegetables. The degree of organisation, the economic success and the prospect of sustainability were of primary importance for the evaluation. The impact of the operations on the self-esteem and personal development of women was also considered.

With the support of DVV International, REPEM is also able to bring the interests of Latin American women into many international processes. The network also publishes two magazines and much documentation about practical project work.