Sunday, August 27, 2006

Adult Education-International Issues

Title: Review Essay: A LOOK BEFORE & AFTER THE DELORS COMMISSION REPORT: Jomtien, Hamburg & Dakar as Markers of Adult Education., By: Bhola, H.S., Convergence, 00108146, 2000, Vol. 33, Issue 3.

Excerpt:

"Learning: The Treasure Within: Report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century" (Delors et al. 1996), is the second of such education reports to the world, the first one being "Learning to Be: The World of Education Today and Tomorrow" (Faure et al. 1972). While Edgar Faure, the Chairman of the Commission established in 1972, had been a former Prime Minister and Minister of Education of France, Jaques Delors was a former President of the European Commission (1985-1995) and former French Minister of Economy and Finance and inevitably brought this particular European and economic perspectives to the future planning of education in the age of Golobalization. Whether we like it or not, the Delors Report will yet remain an important educational policy document requiring critical discussion by educators in both the state and civil society sectors, in countries developed and developing all around the world. The Delors Report, whether we like it or not, remains an important educational policy document requiring critical discussion by educators in both the state and civil society sectors, in countries developed and developing around the world.


References:

Bhola, H.S. 1997. "Adult Education Policy Projections in the Delors Report." Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education 27 (2): 207-22.

Delors, Jacques, et al. 1996. Learning, The Treasure Within: Report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. Paris: UNESCO.

Faure, Edgar et al. 1972. "Learning to Be: The World of Education Today and Tomorrow."

UNESCO. 1990. The World Conference on Education for All: Meeting Basic Learning Needs, 5-9 March 1990, Jomtien, Thailand Final Report. [The Conference was organized by an alliance of UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP and the World Bank.]

UNESCO. 1996. Education for All: Achieving the Goal. Mid-Decade Meeting of the International Consultative Forum on Education for All. 16-19 June 1996, Amman, Jordan. Final Report. Paris: UNESCO.

UNESCO. 1997. Fifth International Conference on Adult Education, Hamburg, Germany, 14-18 July 1997. Final Report. Paris: UNESCO.

UNESCO. 2000. Education for All: Meeting Our Collective Commitments. The Dakar Framework for Action. Text Adopted by the World Education Forum, Dakar, 26-28 April 2000. Paris: UNESCO.
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By H.S. Bhola
H.S. Bhola is a Professor in the School of Education, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA where he teaches seminars on policy formation, implementation and evaluation. He has provided consultations to governments and NGOs in several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America on education for development and is a widely published author. His book World Trends and Issues in Adult Education (UNESCO International Bureau of Education 1989) has been translated into French, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, and recently into Japanese in an updated version.

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