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Changing Configurations in Adult Education in Transitional Times

International Perspectives in Different Countries


Edited By Bernd Käpplinger and Steffi Robak

Change and transition are prominent buzzwords in the discourse upon adult education. International conferences like the European ESREA triennial research conference 2013 in Berlin focused on these terms. But is to deal with change and transitions really something new for adult education? What is new? What has changed? Which kind of transitions do we experience and how can we systematically observe and analyse them as researchers nowadays? This anthology wants to stimulate an exchange beyond buzzwords and European perspectives and investigate what these terms could mean for research in terms of institutionalisation and professionalization in adult education in different national contexts. Therefore, distinguished scholars were invited to contribute to this anthology.
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From German Adult Education Centres (Volkshochschulen) to Moroccan Universities for Lifelong Learning and Univers-Cités Ouvertes


Henner Hildebrand & Esther Hirsch

1. Background and framework guidelines

The Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association (dvv international) has supported the development of local and national structures and programs of Adult Education (AE) in Africa and other continents for more than four decades. This is mainly made possible financially through grants from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

In 2008, dvv international was able to open a project office in Rabat, which is under Moroccan direction and coordinates the work in Morocco. This was preceded by a feasibility study and a needs analysis. The adult education project was planned and implemented from the outset in close consultation and cooperation with the Direction de la Lutte Contre l’Analphabétisme (DLCA) in the Ministry of National Education. This facilitated its good integration in the context of overall Moroccan efforts in the field of Adult Education and a precise taking account of local needs.

Partners of dvv international are the Ministry of National Education (MEN), nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and tertiary institutions. There is also selective cooperation with other international organisations such as Unesco.

The target groups are the employees of the Ministry, its regional offices and NGO staff; in addition, the NGO basic projects will reach the group of illiterate women and unemployed young adults.

The central theme of the support is the focus on education and training (capacity development) of...

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