CONFINTEA VI in Action: Regional Workshop on the Implementation of CONFINTEA VI in South East Europe

15 June 2011

At the invitation of the Slovenian Ministry for Education and Sports and organised by dvv international in cooperation with the Slovenian Adult Education Association, about 40 government representatives and experts from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, as well as guests from Armenia, Belarus, the Czech Republic and Norway, convened on 2 June 2011 in Ljubljana in order to coordinate the follow-up to the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI).

The regional workshop was an outcome of a series of national workshops held within CONFINTEA VI in action, a regional project supported by dvv international, aiming to intensify CONFINTEA follow-up in South East Europe.

Participants presented the results of the national workshops with regard to implementing and monitoring the CONFINTEA VI follow-up and examples of good practice in adult education already in place in the region. Arne Carlsen, Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, gave an extensive overview of the developments which have taken place since CONFINTEA VI was held in Belém, Brazil, in 2009.

The participants unanimously agreed that the Belém Framework for Action – the outcome document of CONFINTEA VI – is an important and relevant framework that provides a valid set of guidelines for further development of adult education and learning in South East Europe. They expressed their readiness to implement the recommendations spelled out in the Belém Framework for Action by drawing upon the Monitoring Matrix developed by UIL.