CONTEXT FOR ADULT EDUCATION IN THE REGION
UNESCO’s Interest in Adult Education
* UNESCO sponsored International Conference on Adult Education held in Paris in 1985. * Representatives of Ministry of Education and other institutions and organizations from throughout the Asia-Pacific region met to discuss and formulate strategies for advancing the cause of adult education * 1996-UNESCO's Asia and Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL), in collaboration with Thailand's Department of Non-Formal Education in the Ministry of Education, convened the Asia and Pacific Regional Consultation on Adult Education * Served as a forum
* Representatives of Member States could share information, learn of recent progress, and discuss new directions and trends in the field * The document summarizes recent literature and experience of APPEAL member countries in the Asia-Pacific region in the intervening ten years * This monograph is part of UNESCO's commitment to encourage sharing of educational program information across the region. Focus on the Asia-Pacific Region
* The primary focus of this monograph is in three geographical areas; * South Asia
* East Asia and the Pacific
* South-East Asia
Literacy in the Region
* The central purpose of many adult education programs is literacy training. * Many literacy programs incorporate much broader skills than learning to read and write. * Program planners in the Asia-Pacific region have found that they are more effective at imparting literacy skills if it was combined with the teaching of relevant life skills.
ADULT EDUCATION IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION
What is it?
* Adult education-term used to describe a wide range of educational services provided to youth and adults who either never received formal basic education or received too little to establish literacy and numeracy. * Encompasses programs to provide youth and adults with life skills for economic and/or social development. * Countries in the region use several different terms to describe activities that involve the education of adults. * Literacy Training
* The most prominent form of adult education(South Asia region) * If adults were more literate and numerate, they would be eligible for higher level jobs or be able to perform their current jobs better * Vocational/Technical Education
* Educational programs that are designed to enhance particular skills or job performance of participants * Non-formal Education (NFE)
* Refers to all educational programs that are outside of the formal education system * Often sponsored by local NGOs, international donor organizations, universities and research groups, or private institutions * Continuing Education
* Continuing efforts to maintain literacy among newly literate populations * Most successful when they relate to life skills development * Lifelong Learning
* Industrialized countries-citizens continue the educational process on their own * Most developing countries- adult population is focused on surviving from day to day Who participates in Adult Education?
* Those too poor to have attended school
* Minority groups that were denied access to formal schooling * Those in distant locations without access to a school
* Those excluded from school due to discrimination
* Those whose parents did not think it important to send them to school (often the case with girls)
What is taught?-Developing an adult-appropriate curriculum
* A successful adult education program depends on having adult-appropriate learning materials. * The adult curriculum must be relevant to the lives and survival needs of the adult learner in order to maintain his or her interest. * The curriculum must be relevant to or have an immediate impact on their lives. * Planners need to figure out the issue and address it in the...
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