The “Africa Adult Education System Building Workshop” took place from 30 September to 5 October 2019 in Ethiopia, with participants from 4 regional offices and 8 national offices of DVV International in Africa. Representatives from institutional partners of DVV International in those countries were also present.
The objective of the workshop was to initiate and to train the DVV International officers from the participating countries in the techniques and tools of the approach that is currently being implemented in Ethiopia, which is showing positive results and has been commended by their partners.
The approach identifies four key elements of a comprehensive adult education system: the enabling environment, the institutional arrangements, the management processes and the technical processes. Each element includes five central building blocks, such as policies, qualifications frameworks, monitoring and evaluation systems or curricula development. These elements and building blocks fall across the spheres and sectors of governance (micro, meso and macro), and acknowledge state and non-state actors.
The approach has its own conceptual frameworks, sets of tools, manuals, and guidelines, and these can be adapted to different contexts. The ultimate goal of the approach is to establish strong and sustainable adult education systems.
Participants Asma Jebri and Houssem Bel Hadj (Tunisia) share their impressions and takeaways of the workshop.