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Farrell Hunter, Country Director of DVV International in South Africa, talks about a workshop which reflected on the role and challenges of community non-formal and popular education in the broader education context in South Africa.

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Despite many efforts which are underway to ensure quality education and to open access to literacy education, the illiteracy rate in Afghanistan is still high. According to optimistic estimations the illiteracy rate in Afghanistan is 62 % and is considered among the highest in the world. DVV International and partners like ANAFAE fight to improve the situation, but they require more attention and support.

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Oui, mon nom est Youba Cisse, bien lu, c’est mon nom. Un homme responsable des questions de genre!

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

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Die Formel klingt fast zu simpel, doch sie funktioniert - zumindest in Mali: Grundbildung + landwirtschaftliche Weiterbildung = mehrfache Ernte. Ein Blick auf malische Felder.

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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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"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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En Afrique de l’Ouest en général et au Mali en particulier, le manque de données fiables est un élément qui caractérise plusieurs départements ministériels et constitue un véritable frein pour le plaidoyer notamment dans notre secteur de l’éducation des adultes, et cela malgré une cellule de planification et de statistiques au niveau de chaque département.

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December 2018 by Peter Kearns and Denise Reghenzani-Kearns, Australia

Towards good active ageing for all in a context of deep demographic change and dislocation

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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November 2018 by Samuel Asnake Wollie, Ethiopia

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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