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Germany, like a growing number of other countries, is confronted by the challenge of demographic change with ageing populations. Moreover, this demographic revolution is occurring at a time when revolutionary changes in digital technologies associated with artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnologies are starting to impact on society so that governments are facing the perplexing question of what kind of society will emerge – machine dominated or humanistic.

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, Samuel Asnake Wollie

The keys to a peaceful and prosperous Africa

Africa is undergoing a process of change, as the continent aspires to be completely peaceful and prosperous by 2063. This may seem an overly ambitious goal, given the multifold challenges from both within and outside. In addition, there is an intense debate underway as to whether these social, economic and cultural changes are liabilities or assets in terms of real national and continental unity and sustainable development. The provocative question is how to transform a liability into an asset for nation building.

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Auch wenn der Prozess zögerlich und manchmal mit Rückschlägen verläuft: Mali dezentralisiert sich. Die Zuständigkeit für Grundbildung ist bereits formal an die Kommunen übergegangen. Immer noch gehen aber viele Kinder – vor allem Mädchen – nicht zur Schule, brechen vorzeitig ab und/oder verlassen die Schule mit völlig unzureichenden Kenntnissen. Auf dem Land haben 80 Prozent der Frauen und 60 Prozent der Männer über 15 nicht einmal Lesen und Schreiben gelernt. Auch fehlt der Zugang zu einer beruflichen Bildung, die über die informelle Wissensvermittlung, zum Beispiel im Kreise der Familie, hinausgeht. Der Zugang zu non-formalen Bildungsmöglichkeiten ist der einzige Weg, wichtige, ja zum Teil sogar überlebensnotwendige Kenntnisse und Fertigkeiten zu vermitteln. Dies muss dezentral und in...

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Interview with Vanna Peou, who is today the country director of DVV International in Cambodia, working at the intersection of adult education and development cooperation. Being born in a poor family in Cambodia during the civil war period made learning really difficult.

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Erwachsenenbildung liefert unter Einbindung einer starken Zivilgesellschaft enorm wichtige Beiträge und Lösungsansätze in vielen Entwicklungsfragen, insbesondere für benachteiligte Menschen in entlegeneren Gegenden. Die grundsätzliche Herausforderung besteht darin, diesen Zusammenhang evidenzbasiert aufzuarbeiten und zielgerichtet zu kommunizieren – weit über die Erwachsenenbildungsszene hinaus.

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Which adult education practices have proven to be successful in order to include young adults at risk of social exclusion and support them in the exercise of active participatory citizenship? This was one of the research questions that moved us – a pool of European researchers – in the field, keen on accessing and investigating existing education programmes in 19 countries across Europe.

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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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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.

Participants Asma Jebri and Houssem Bel Hadj (Tunisia) share their impressions and takeaways of the workshop.

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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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"Who says learning shouldn’t continue into adulthood?", asks Journalist Lika Chigladze who participated in the opening event of the 11th Adult Education Center in Georgia on April 24, 2019.

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