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  • Erasmus-for-all swallows lifelong learning

    Posted on December 22nd, 2011 admin No comments

    Campaign for better education programmes in the EUThe EU Commission’s Erasmus-for-all program regulation leaves out lifelong learning. EU NGOs express doubt about the successor of previous education programs.


    Lifelong learning seems to have fallen out of the EU Commission’s regulation proposal for its new Erasmus-for-all program. The information comes from ACC that is an AWE associate. ACC and 29 other European education stakeholders have expressed their skepsis in a common press release on December 15th.

    The consequence of leaving out the concept of lifelong learning is not clear. The lack of clarity has made the coalition of education stakeholders invite itself to co-create a more detailed regulation together with the EU Commission.

    Lifelong learning is a key concept in AWE’s constitution alongside world education.

    Read also: Europeans campaigning for lifelong learning

  • Association for World Education @ A World Worth Living In

    Posted on June 14th, 2011 admin No comments

    Turning Torso is the landmark of Malmö, SwedenAdult educators from 80 nations are gathering in Sweden at this very moment. The headline of their gathering is A World Worth Living In, and AWE is there to share.


    The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) World Assembly is the main event that brings together adult educators and learners from around the world every four years. This time, the assembly is accompanied by a range of different side events. The assembly and the side events have together the title A World Worth Living In.

    By now, most of the participants have checked in for the VIII World Assembly in Malmö, Sweden, and they are preparing for the informal welcome session at 9 pm (CET). Among the participants are several AWE members representing different organisations.

    AWE is there to share

    “We are here to get inspiration and to share views on how to bring World Education into the 21st century,” says Rikke Schultz. She is representing AWE in Malmö together with AWE vice president Chris Spicer. Another AWE vice president Edicio de la Torre is present as well, representing the Education for Life Foundation.

    “Concretely, I will do my best to share impressions from the conference. Tell members and others to go to our Facebook Fansite,” stresses Schultz from Malmö. “I hope we are connected from the assembly hall.”

    “Particularly, we hope to find inspiration for our reflection journey on challenges and learning methodologies,” says Schultz and reminds of the next AWE meeting at Mitraniketan in Kerala, India, in 2012.

    There is an option to watch A World Worth Living In by on-line live streaming, just as the organisers has opened a Flickr account for photos. The programme, list of organisers and co-organisers and more social media options are to find at the conference website. The conference ends on the 17th.

  • Europeans campaigning for lifelong learning for all

    Posted on June 3rd, 2011 admin 1 comment

    Campaign for better education programmes in the EUEuropean education stakeholders invite European Union (EU) leaders to make lifelong learning a reality for all EU’s citizens. A major campaign has been launched.


    Currently a common position paper of EU’s major education and training stakeholders is reaching EU’s leaders at national and common level. AWE’s European associate, Association for Community Colleges (ACC), is among the campaigners.

    The position paper comes while EU is preparing its multiannual financial framework for 2014-2020. This framework is expected to be published on June 29th.

    “We are particularly happy about the inclusive and holistic approach to lifelong learning, that the position paper recommends,” explains ACC board member Lucie Čížková, who is also vice-president of Association for World Education (AWE).

    EU and World Education

    ACC considers it a danger, if lifelong learning in the EU context becomes solely focused on competitiveness, employability and formal education. The formulations of our common position paper are much more in line with the World Education approach that is also in the Belém Framework for Action, explains Lucie Čížková.

    The Belém Framework for Action reaffirms the four learning pillars, namely learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together.

    The position paper of the EU education stakeholders resembles the learning pillars with a formulation like “…improving skills, knowledge and competences goes beyond the sole aim of improving employability and encompasses developing active citizenship and social cohesion.”

  • Educators shall rediscover World Education

    Posted on April 14th, 2011 admin 1 comment

    A large scale process within the AWE has been launched. AWE educators are going to reflect systematically on the relevance of World Education in the 21st century.


    In the next coming years AWE educators are going to focus on what unites them across borders of all kinds. AWE educators will try to map the common challenges they see for humanity, and the principles and learning methodologies they share.

    The longstanding reflection journey will pass the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) in Malmö, Sweden, 2011 and Mitraniketan in Kerala, India, in 2012 before it results in findings presented to the AWE International Council in 2013, and in an issue of the Journal of World Education.

    This is stated in an early April letter to the general membership of AWE. It was sent by AWE vice president Chris Spicer on behalf of a steering group.

    Important to work with like-minded educators

    “I hope the project will help paint a clearer picture of the AWE,” says Chris Spicer on Skype from Massachusetts, “and make our movement more visible.”

    “Our Edugame and some exchange programs are already visible on our website, but I am sure there is a lot more to tell and that our pedagogical practices can inspire others.”

    AWE’s visibility is also closely connected with the possibility of inspiration the other way round, explains Spicer:
    “The project will function as an open invitation for anyone to inquire, to collaborate, and to learn about AWE’s work. It is important to work with as many like-minded organizations and individuals as we can.”

    Spicer mentions the ICAE in Malmö as an obvious place for inspiration to go both ways, especially because of the focus on Nordic folk education. Beyond this common theme, he expects of ICAE that it will become a mall of living traditions that can inspire World Educators everywhere.

    Time-tested ideas may deliver the links

    Spicer has an assumption that he doesn’t hesitate to share. He hopes the common ground will be found in a more encompassing learning practice stemming from old ideas:
    “I believe we will rediscover common links in old ideas that have been pushed to the margins, but that I think the 21st century needs badly.”

    Spicer refers to the so-called universal thinkers, such as India’s Tagore and Gandhi, Denmark’s N.F.S. Grundtvig, Brazil’s Paulo Freire, and many more.

    ”But whatever our inspiration from the past, we must make the ideas come alive in a new way,” says Spicer on behalf of the steering group.

  • New UNESCO publication shows learning examples for sustainable development

    Posted on November 14th, 2010 admin No comments

    “Tomorrow Today” gives examples of learning for sustainable development from all over the world. The publication was issued at the occasion of the UN ten years anniversary of learning for sustainable development. The publication is downloadable.

  • International Council Meeting 2010

    Posted on June 30th, 2010 admin No comments

    The next AWE International Council Meeting will be held in Denmark from October 21 through October 23, 2010. Members who are planning to attend may request invitation letters by August 15, 2010. For further details, contact