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  • AWE releases Millennium Development Goals dialogue cards

    Posted on August 30th, 2011 admin No comments

    Multilayered Democracy Game dialogue cardAssociation for World Education (AWE) has released a new variety of the Multilayered Democracy Game. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cards are now on-line


    The MDG version of the Multilayered Democracy Game has been made available. Facilitators, trainers, andragogues, and teachers all over the world can now download it from AWE’s server. The new cards are known in avant-garde circles already. They have recently been tested by AWE Denmark at its international workshop that took place in the city of Vejle.

    The Multilayered Democracy Game is also known as the Edugame. It was developed by AWE and International Academy for Education and Democracy (IAED). The Multilayered Democracy Game is meant to correspond to the need for world education in the nascent 21st century.

    According to Edugame developer and AWE President Jakob Erle, multilayered democracy is a concept that recognizes and welcomes the emergence of global institutions that can handle the common challenges of mankind.

    However, Multilayered Democracy demands of global governance that it becomes democratically controllable by the world’s inhabitants, according to Edugame website explanations. Henceforth, there is a need for the world’s inhabitants to learn about, to handle and eventually to take a role in controlling the emerging multilayered democracy.

    This is where the Edugame enters the story. Edugame is meant to facilitate a dialogue among the players about how to proceed in facing the major common challenges.

  • Journal of World Education revives CONFINTEA

    Posted on March 5th, 2011 admin No comments

    In the new Journal of World Education the Association for World Education reports from CONFINTEA VI and FISC. The conferences took place in late 2009 in Belém do Pará, Brazil.


    What is the meaning of acronyms like CONFINTEA and FISC? The answers are likely to slip out of the memory of professionals even. Not to mention, what actually is the recurring “CONference INTernationale de Education des Adultes” all about? Or, what do they do at the Fórum Internacional da Sociedade Civil (FISC)?

    The new issue of Journal of World Education offers a glimpse into it. In a series of articles, AWE participants of FISC and CONFINTEA introduce their experiences with and knowledge about the conferences and their topics.

    Moreover, the Belém Framework for Action is reprinted in the Journal with the purpose “…to go to our governments and use their official agreement to promote and support lifelong learning from cradle to grave…”, as the AWE President Jakob Erle explains it.

    Theme contributors and titles of the new issue of the Journal are Jakob Erle (AWE), CONFINTEA from Hamburg to Belém, Noël Bonam (AWE), An Experience of the Global Agenda, Kirsten Bruun (AWE DK), Meeting a Strong Brazilian Woman, Rikke Schultz (AWE DK), People and Social Movements we met in Brazil, and Ana Maria Barros Pinto (AWE Brazil), CONFINTEA in Retrospect & Interview with Salomão Hage. Ana Maria Barros Pinto is also the editor in chief of the issue.

  • Belém proved Hamburg to be an exception

    Posted on February 2nd, 2011 admin No comments

    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.


    “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

  • AWE opens for online donations

    Posted on December 23rd, 2010 admin No comments

    Donate!Forty years work for World Education must continue. This is why the Association for World Education has decided to open for online donations.


    It has become much easier for the world’s well-wishers and donors to support the AWE and its work. A secure link has now been added to the AWE website. Those who choose to donate are also invited to earmark their donations for the specific activities they prefer.

    “Our core values are still the same as when we began working for globalization via World Education,” stresses AWE President Jakob Erle and adds:
    “And it is still crucial to grasp that our version of globalization comes with concepts like human rights and universal identity, just as it did forty years ago when we started using the term.”

    According to Erle, globalization with a human face will depend on donations – also in next forty years.

    Photo by Judson Dunn

  • Jakob Erle is new DEDI director in Cairo

    Posted on November 22nd, 2010 admin 2 comments

    AWE president Jakob Erle is going to be the next director of the Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI). The position is based in Cairo. Erle continues as AWE president.


    When Jakob Erle takes seat in Cairo on January 15th, it is in the DEDI director’s chair. Erle hopes for positive consequences for AWE and for world education visions in general.

    There is good reason to believe in a fruitful exchange of experiences and ideas between DEDI and AWE.
    “AWE’s world education visions will probably inspire the work of DEDI, just as AWE can expect to be exposed to ideas the other way round,” says Erle.

    Erle’s visions for DEDI

    “My leading stars are two and they count at DEDI too,” declares Erle:
    “I wish to contribute to the development of common global norms for people’s interaction in this world, and I wish to be part of developing intercultural understanding.”

    The Danish-Egyptian Dialogue Institute (DEDI) is an independent institution established in Cairo in 2004 with the strategic aim of enhancing political life in Europe and in the Arab World. The Institute has a Danish-Egyptian Executive Board and is fully funded by the Danish Development Agency (DANIDA). DEDI works for inclusion and democracy on all levels, promotes social change and gender equality and supports the development of strong media and education.

    IAED will need a new director

    Erle comes from a position as director of the International Academy for Education and Democracy (IAED). Erle will leave this position. The future plans of the IAED are not yet settled, but it will need a new director.

    The Erle family plans to move from Copenhagen to Cairo shortly after January 15th.

  • AWE and Bibliotheca Alexandrina sign Memorandum of Understanding

    Posted on November 21st, 2010 admin 1 comment

    The Association for World Education (AWE) and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina of Egypt signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 10th. The intention is to strengthen the professional relations between the two parties.


    The memorandum that was signed between AWE and Bibliotheca Alexandrina is strategically important to AWE’s work explains president Jakob Erle, who visited Bibliotheca Alexandrina in October together with Global Capacity Director Noël Bonam.

    “The Bibliotheca Alexandrina means an opening to new contacts, new networks and hopefully to new cooperation partners,” says Erle.

    On the other hand AWE has obliged itself to “promote cooperation in the fields of training and internships provided to the staff of Bibliotheca Alexandrina,” says the memorandum. And moreover, the AWE will “provide internships and training for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina staff in the fields of education and dialogue.” The Memorandum is valid for three years.

    Bibliotheca Alexandria is more than a library

    The Bibliotheca Alexandrina that is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina is an impressive institution that contains much more than a library. It contains as well an internet archive, six specialized libraries, four museums, planetarium, research centers, exhibitions and a lot more.

  • New AWE presidency represents continuity and renewal

    Posted on October 23rd, 2010 admin 1 comment

    jakob-erleAWE International Council has reelected Jakob Erle as AWE president. Next to Jakob Erle are as many as seven vice presidents. Four hold their first mandate, and three have already experience.


    AWE International Council got together Friday and elected a new presidency. The new and old names in the presidency together cover most of the world.

    As vice presidents were elected Edicio De la Torre (Philippines), Chris Spicer (Massachusetts), Lidia Shkorkina (Russia), Ana Maria Barros Pinto (Brasil), Sujit Kumar Paul (India), Theophilius Kwesi Tefe (Ghana), Lucie Cizkova (Association for Community Colleges, Europe).

    The Council takes place at the International People’s College in Elsinore, Denmark. Around 25 world educators take part in the AWE triannual summit that is ending Saturday.

  • BRIC is the theme of the new Journal of World Education

    Posted on September 9th, 2010 admin 3 comments

    journal-of-world-educationThe new issue of Journal of World Education is out. This Journal sets spotligt on how the BRIC countries handle educational challenges in a rapidly changing world.

    The contributions in the new issue of Journal of World Education – on Brazil, Russia, India and Africa – deal with the more specific conditions, policies and room for work on World Education.

    The articles reflect the perceived challenges in each area and ways of using education to deal with the challenges.

    The detailed descriptions give the much needed opportunity to understand the workings of each society and makes possible the move to a nuanced perception of other countries, which according to AWE is much needed to avoid the stereotypes that we often tend to use in relation to other cultures.

    Theme contributors and titles of this issue of the Journal are Jørn Boye Nielsen (AWE DK), A New Multipolar World Order is emerging, Rikke Schultz (AWE DK), Brazil – Challenges, Institutions and Social Movements, Lidia Shkorkina (AWE Russia), Russia – Changes and Challenges in Higher Education, and Dr. Sujit Kumar Paul (AWE India) Regional and National Development in India. Dr. Sujit Kumar Paul is as well the editor in cheif of the issue.

    An expected article about China has been postponed to one next issue of the Journal, while fortunately Dr. Theophilus Tefe offered his very interesting article African Perspective.

    The Journal has a foreword by AWE President Jakob Erle. It contains as well a reflection about AWE organisational matters by Noël Bonam, Global Director – Capacity Development, Building Global Networks – going back to our roots.

    Get the Journal of World Education

  • Organizational Development Recommendations

    Posted on January 15th, 2010 Rikke Schultz No comments
    AWE International
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    AWE International – development perspectives
    With the growing importance of global governance (think climate, environment, financial crisis, diseases, human rights, inequality, information technology, nuclear proliferation etc.) it becomes increasingly important to develop educational approaches that respond to the global challenges, both at the global level AND relate to the impact at the local level ….

    With this words Worldpresident Jakob Erle presents the results of the AWE member survey from July 2009. The report: Organizational Development Recommendations presents important findings about member expectations, needs, support and engagement. But it also give a brief introduction to the history of AWE and a image of AWE as an organisation.  

    The report will be basic for discussions on the next International Council Meeting, that will take place i Denmark the 23. and 24. October 2010

    Download the report here: AWE International

  • Happy New Year from AWE Denmark

    Posted on December 30th, 2009 Rikke Schultz No comments

    December 2009


    As year 2009 is running out, and I have this strong feeling that 2010 will be the first year, where many people in the West will realize, that a new world order is here and that we in the West cannot consider ourselves as the leading centre of the world any more.

    Emerging economies

    Why do I believe that? First of all this became very obvious during the COP15 climate conference that just ended here in Copenhagen. Though I have only been following it through TV, the discussions and the interpretation of the conference makes it visible, that emerging economies such as China, Brasil, India, South Africa and Mexico have a very strong voice and that they have learned the lesson from the West: To speak up and take care of their own interests. New green or clean technologies is not only a matter of decline of CO2 emission, it is also a matter of being able to breathe in cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Rio, Mexico City, and Beijing.  Development of new and cleaner technologies will come – with or without help from the West. And if we in the West don’t jump on the train, we will be the ones left behind.

    South – South Corporation is here as a part of the globalization process, and thanks god for that, because this is the only way to lift millions of people out of poverty. People in the emerging economies need to fight for an equal share of a balanced economic development. In this sense the West (EU) can still be a role model. Enlightenment and social movements must go hand in hand to achieve this very important goal.

    I saw this very clearly in Brazil. I saw the South – South Corporation, the need for social reforms and the importance of social movements.                                                                                                     

    How to become black inside

    Leila Magalhães and Kirsten Bruun - Belem Soft Hotel

    Leila Magalhães and Kirsten Bruun - Belem Soft Hotel

    “it is about becoming black” said Laila, when she tried to explain the ideas behind black movement.  You need to have a black soul and to be proud of what you are. You need to dress like a black woman, to dress your hair in a black manner and to prepare the African food.  This is the only way to reclaim your soul.


    Identity is a strong and necessary driver in the personal process of development, and education within social movements is very much about identity.


    Enjoy a moment of community

    brazilien-2009-2-191“I am here, because I need to know more about the society and how issues are connected, but the school is also a refuge, where you can enjoy a moment of community, a place where someone are wise and everybody can participate”.

    Jaô is working voluntarily with alphabetization in the rainforest in Brazil. Serge and Maria are part of a research team at Para state university. The research team is supporting the work of alphabetization by educating teachers and providing teaching methods and material in the spirit of Paulo Freire.  They work together with different social movements: in the rainforest, among fishermen, peasants, black communities, among the river people, and in the poor areas in the cities.

    Decolonialisation of peoples mind and legal rights

    Self-confidence and enthusiasm are important drivers in development. But realism is also important. Adult education and personal – and economical development are important partners.  Production is an important issue.  In the Amazon region in Brazil, where we were – eco-agriculture was a big issue among the social movement. A good idea but difficult to deal with, especially as a substitute for the agrobusiness industry, when 6,7 billion people in this world need food every day.

    But there is a desperate need of knowledge about, how the rainforest can be an income generating resource for people in the Amazon region in a sustainable way with focus on the triple bottom-line:  ecological, economical and social development.


    But sustainable is not a plus-word for MST (Movement Sem Terre). In their opinion sustainability smells of capitalism, it is built of the idea, that it is possible to restore the capitalistic idea. MST is a revolutionary movement. “La Luta continua” (the struggle continues) is still a one-liner here, but “a united people” is not what we heard as part of the agenda any more.  Each social movement seems to have its own agenda, their own lobbyists in the senate and Their own donors. MST’s agenda is a very important one. They fight for legal rights for land to the people. Lack of land reforms and lack of legal rights to land and property is maybe the biggest challenge in Brazil. Not only in remote areas as the rainforest and the countryside. Also in the cities, property rights are a big issue, and an important tool to bring people out of poorness and a criminal way of life.

    The decolonialisation of peoples mind is a matter of gaining self-confidence.  Legal rights and knowledge about ones legal rights is maybe the most important tool. N.F.S Grundtvig  - the Danish philosopher and educator – stressed that more than 150 years ago in Denmark.  And he also stressed that people don’t need to be able to read and write to know their rights. Spoken words are for everybody – and public enlightenment and dialog is a precondition for a human society.

    Democracy and South – South Corporation

    In AWE we have worked with the idea of democracy for quite some time. Very concrete we have supported the idea of an Edu-game about multilayered democracy, and we have taken part in the development of the game, and we have tested this game many places together with our chapters. Most lately we have presented it in Brazil: At Para University at FISC (Forum International Societé Civile) and at Confintea VI. Professor Salomaô Hage said after the workshop at the university: “A game that make people angry and encourage them to invent new types of institutions is maybe not so bad”.

    But anyway – something is wrong, because we receive more and more messages from the South: Stop talking so much about democracy. We do not believe in your talk about democracy.  AWE’s president Jakob Erle presents a very nice definition of democracy, when he presents the EDU-game:

    Democracy is to deal with common challenges through political institutions that are controlled by the citizens through political participation

    But in the world of reality, democracy has in the South and the East got a bias as a new cultural imperialistic mission from the West.  The reality is that democracy has many faces, and not all of them are pretty.  Jakobs definition is just one of these faces, and an idealistic one.  One of the things we need to discuss in AWE, when we meet again to the next International Council Meeting – hopefully in October in Denmark:

    What does globalization, good governance and human rights mean in an emerging South – South perspective and what is World Education about. Which values do we want to fight for in AWE in the next decade – the 2010s.

    Up till the next International Council meeting we are preparing two issues of Journal. One issue is edited in India by Sujit Kumar Paul and it will be about the emerging countries with focus on development in Brazil, India, Russia and China – the BRIC-countries.

    The other issue is edited by Ana Maria Barros Pinto in Brazil. This issue will focus on the Confintea meeting in Belem and the Paulo Freire inspired pedagogical approach.

    The best wishes for future corporation in 2010 from Rikke Schultz, AWE-Denmark