Building a Culture of Lifelong Learning in the Middle East

Conference participants © dvv international

The Middle East is in the process of embracing adult education as an important component of lifelong learning. With the stated aim of improving adult education in the region, a conference on ‘Closing Gaps, Opening Opportunities: Adult Education and Lifelong Learning in the Middle East’ was organised in Amman, Jordan by the Regional Office Middle East of the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (dvv international) from 27 to 29 November 2012.

The purpose of the conference was threefold

  • To leverage adult education to enhance employment and social development
  • To recognise adult learning achievements, and
  • To support adult education providers

Over 80 participants, including senior government officials from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, the Palestinian Territories, and Egypt, as well as experts from key national, regional and international institutions and networks attended the conference. Princess Basma`Bint Talal, founding patron of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development, inaugurated the conference.

In her address, Ms Madhu Singh, Senior Programme Specialist at UIL, advocated that ’Developing Quality Frameworks for Recognising Adult Learning Achievements’ should be an essential component of support environments in adult learning. She also presented a short background on UNESCO’s Recognition, Validation and Accreditation of Non-formal and Informal Learning (RVA) guidelines.

UIL and the dvv Regional Office Middle East committed to continue their close collaboration in future, with UIL planning further meetings in the Arab region for implementing the UNESCO RVA Guidelines.

More information: Article in the Jordan Times