New issue of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning published

6 January 2017

This general issue of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning presents a wide range of topics. It looks at specific interventions: village literacy centres in Kenya; prisons in Australia; hip-hop culture as a mode of learning. It also looks at the bigger picture: the ways that African formal education systems can respond to changes in the labour market; the wider benefits of adult literacy; the transfer of creative approaches to learning from non-formal to formal education; and the potential of higher education to aid the path of one developing country (Ethiopia) towards implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The first article shows how Maasai women took initiative to improve their families’ and community’s well-being; the second article investigates the effects of providing adult prisoners with art education; and the third article considers hip-hop and non-formal education among Native American youth in San Francisco and black Portuguese youth in Lisbon. The fourth article, written in French, presents a method enabling countries in sub-Saharan Africa – but also elsewhere – to assess the minimum requirement of the labour market at specific times. The fifth article argues that by integrating literacy into the SDGs, literacy researchers can demonstrate through which channels literacy is able to contribute to social welfare and transformation. The sixth article presents a case study of Fighting Words, a creative writing centre founded by well-known Irish writer Roddy Doyle in Dublin in 2009. The authors are particularly interested in the centre’s creative space which has proven conducive to learning, especially for youth from disadvantaged backgrounds. The final article in this issue discusses three of Ethiopia’s main challenges – urbanisation, climate change and food security – and considers the potential for universities to address them. All of these articles make a case for how learning can transform people’s lives.

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