Regional CONFINTEA VI Follow-up Meeting for Europe, North America and Israel

16 May 2012

The UNESCO Region of “Pan-Europe” stretches from Eastern to Western Europe and includes Canada and the Unites States of America, as well as Israel and all Member States of the European Union.  Apart from assessing the overall progress in implementing the Belém Framework for Action on the whole, the foreseen Pan-European CONFINTEA VI follow-up meeting will seek to concentrate on two issues: participation (e.g. mobilizing adult learners, facilitating access to learning opportunities and expanding validation mechanisms) and quality (e.g. professional development of trainers/facilitators, relevant and effective teaching and learning methods and content, and enhanced cooperation with stakeholders).

With this thematic focus, the meeting will be conducive to strengthening European monitoring instruments in the field of adult education, and to reinforcing cooperation in the region.

The European Commission, being a key player in the region with a strong commitment to adult and lifelong learning, will be a key partner for this meeting. UIL is currently exploring with the Commission, specifically with the Unit for Adult Learning at the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC), how to organize a joint European Regional CONFINTEA VI Follow-up meeting. As the main regional stakeholder form civil society, the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) will be invited to cooperate as an associate partner.

A draft concept for the conference is under discussion and will be further developed. Meanwhile, several EU member states showed interest to host the conference which is planned for 2013.   

The European CONFINTEA Follow-up is situated in the context of the Europe 2020 strategy which acknowledges skills development and lifelong learning as key elements in response to the current economic crisis and to the broader economic and social strategy of the European Union. Accordingly, it is in line with the ET (Education and Training) 2020 framework which calls for all education and training to be conceived in a lifelong framework, covering learning in all contexts – formal, non-formal or informal – and at all levels, from early childhood to higher, vocational and adult education. Importantly, the Follow-up is corresponding to the renewed European agenda for adult learning which highlights that adult learning is a vital component of the lifelong learning continuum, making an important contribution to social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development.

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