The University of Würzburg started its Winter School on Comparative Adult Education several years ago. Meanwhile, it has developed to be the Adult Education Academy (AEA) for International and Comparative Studies in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. This is supported by a consortium of some ten partners from universities and providers now represented in INTALL. The AEA 2021 has just started this week, and of course, is virtual.
Even though the Corona pandemic has brought many negative aspects, it makes us think more about how we want to actively shape our future. In this sense, we make our contribution with some articles in this newsletter: For example, the directors of DVV International reflect on the future of adult education, the action field of adult education in digital media literacy is dealt with in another article, and Raúl Valdés-Cotera from the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, as well as Dr. Ingrid Schöll and Andreas Preu from the adult education centre (Volkshochschule) in Bonn, have contributed guest articles on our spotlight topic “Learning Cities”.
I wish you a joyful, healthy and prosperous new year and look very much forward to continuing and accelerating our joint journey to turn UNESCO’s holistic vision of lifelong learning into a reality.
Here is a recording of the annual Raymond Williams lecture which I think you will find thought-provoking. It also explores the differences in approach to lifelong learning between England, Scotland, and Wales which may be of interest.
In this edition of the L&W Newsletter, you should note in particular the call for proposals to the following conferences: AVETRA 2021 (online) - Recover, rethink and rebuild: All eyes on VET, TAKE 2021 - Theory and Applications in the Knowledge Economy in Porto, the Conference on Employer Engagement (online), the ESREA Network conference on Adult Learning and Communities in Seville, the Cedefop/OECD symposium on Apprenticeships for greener economies and societies (online) and EAPRIL 2021 - Learning in the Age of Industry 4.0 in Kufstein, Austria (see Conferences), and the call for contributions to special issues on: Emergent issues in research on VET (new volume of research book series), Regional disparities in national education (journal Education Sciences) and Doctoral theses in vocational education (Journal of Vocational Education & Training) (see Publications). And not to overlook: the Flash meeting on Corona Coping Competence organized by the LinkedIn Competence Studies Group (see Networks and Organisations)!