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  • Mitraniketan Group couples Enlightenment and AWE

    Posted on February 25th, 2012 John Petersen 1 comment

    Mitraneketan seminar February 2012A group of AWE members gathered primo February in Mitraniketan, India, suggests rediscovering the concept of Enlightenment for the 21st century.


    According to a set of recommendations that was released yesterday, a group within Association for World Education (AWE) wishes to revitalize the concept of Enlightenment for the 21st century and within AWE.

    The recommendations imply that the AWE network could be strengthened by organizing events on Enlightenment throughout the world and among AWE’s chapters and members.

    The Mitraniketan group also foresees that its Enlightenment ideas should be further developed.

    The AWE Enlightenment Seminar in Mitraniketan took place from January 31-February 4, 2012. A steering group pushed forward by AWE vice-president Chris Spicer organized the seminar. The group gathered in India was originally formed through the AWE International Council that took place at IPC, Elsinore, in 2010.

  • 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.

  • AWE Council approves many new members

    Posted on December 5th, 2010 admin 2 comments

    Thumbs UpThe AWE International Council has approved eight new institutional members. Global Director for Capacity, Noël Bonam, believes it witnesses a growing interest in World Education.


    Eight new institutional members and also a number of individual members, were approved in November when the AWE International Council met in Elsinore, Denmark. The new institutional members that span over five continents are:

    Fundació Carta de la Pau diriga a l’ONU (Spain)
    Bradford Education Consultancy (Nepal)
    The International University (USA)
    Volunteer for Africa (Kenya)
    Cobscook Community Learning Center (USA)
    International Academy for Education and Democracy (Denmark)
    People’s Initiative for learning and Community Development (Philippines)
    Institute for Learning Philosophy and Education at Aalborg University (Denmark)

    According to Global Director for Capacity, Noël Bonam, there is an increasing number of inquiries from potential members from across the world:
    “The world is realizing that dialogue, inter-transparency and collaboration are critical for the future of World Education, and that AWE offers the ideal platform for such engagement” guesses Bonam.

    New members will usually have to be approved by the AWE International Council. However, since Council convenes only every third year, the presidency may give provisional approval to applications.

  • 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.

  • International Council Meeting 2010

    Posted on June 30th, 2010 admin No comments

    The next AWE International Council Meeting best essay writers 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

  • Organizational Development Recommendations

    Posted on January 15th, 2010 Rikke Schultz No comments
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    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