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University of Botswana

CALL FOR PAPERS

Adult Education and Poverty Reduction: a Global Priority


June 14 - 16 2004

UNIVERSITY OF BOTSWANA

Gaborone, Botswana

Contact: Preece@mopipi.ub.bw

Abstract deadline: 30 November 2003
Paper deadline: 26 March 2004


THIS CONFERENCE IS ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF ADULT EDUCATION WITH SUPPORT FROM:
ICAE, IIZ-DVV, UNESCO INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION AND THE WORLD BANK

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Introduction

One of the key Millennium Development Goals declared by the United Nations in 2000 is to reduce by half the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015. The potential contribution of adult education to poverty reduction strategies has been identified as an emerging priority for the mid-term review of CONFINTEA V to be held in September 2003. A number of innovative adult education programmes are already being undertaken in several parts of the world with the aim of poverty reduction, and a number of research studies are under way that explore the role of adult education in relation to poverty. The role of adult education, however, is an under-explored concept in current national poverty reduction strategy papers; and in lifelong learning policy debates, adult education is often relegated to basic education for those countries where poverty is a feature for substantial populations. It is therefore timely to convene a major international conference in 2004 that will raise the profile of adult education and its multifaceted potential to contribute to poverty reduction from a global perspective.

Aim of the conference

The aim of the Conference is to provide an international forum to discuss policy initiatives, programme strategies, and research projects that will strengthen the role of adult education in poverty reduction world-wide.



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