Belém proved Hamburg to be an exception

CONFINTEA VIThe points are still the same, explains AWE president Jakob Erle, even if CONFINTEA VI in Belém meant back to normal compared to visionary Hamburg. Erle offers an overview in the new Journal of World Education.

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“I try to make aware that each of the CONFINTEA conferences expresses its time,” says Erle about his contribution to the new issue of Journal of World Education. Some were disappointed about the scope and outcome of Belém, while others were happy about the more operational ambitions compared to Hamburg, explains Erle.

“That is why my ambition with this overview is to point at what matters; read and use the Belem Framework for Action! It is meant for adult educators to put pressure on their governments, because they signed it themselves.”

One important contextual recording of Erle goes like this. The hope for a new human world order was still intact in Hamburg 1997, while Belém took place in the shadow of the financial crisis and the war on terror that proved to be a dead end.

The new Journal of World Education is expected to be released within a couple of weeks. The Belem Framework for Action is printed together with Erle’s article: CONFINTEA from Hamburg to Belém.

What CONFINTEA is
CONFINTEA is the recurring conference on adult education organized by UNESCO within the UN-system. Decisions at CONFINTEA conferences are taken by unanimity by government representatives. The Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI) was hosted by the Government of Brazil in Belém from 1 to 4 December 2009.

Photo by CONFINTEA VI / MEC

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