Online consultation process for Review of the 1976 Recommendation on the Development of Adult Education
Dear Sir/Madam,
The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) takes great pleasure in welcoming you to the online consultation process for Review of the 1976 Recommendation on the Development of Adult Education.
This consultation process brings together key stakeholders and actors in adult learning and education (i.e., representatives of governments, civil society, research institutions, and national, regional and international networks) who are interested in the further development of Adult Learning and Education on the international level. We hope that collective discussion will significantly inform and support the mandate set out in the Belém Framework for Action for UNESCO and its structures “to review and update, by 2012, the Recommendation on the Development of Adult Educationadopted in Nairobi (1976).”
This online consultation process is envisaged as a forum to collect and exchange ideas and recommendations on the Synthesis of Main Results and Proposals of the Expert Meeting on the Review of the 1976 Recommendation, which was held at UIL from 10–11 July 2012.
The Synthesis, produced by the expert meeting, is a first draft of a document aiming to justify the revision of the 1976 Recommendation. For more details on the meeting please seehttp://uil.unesco.org/home/programme-areas/adult-learning-and-education/confintea-portal/nairobi-recommandation-on-adult-education/news-target/international-expert-group-proposes-revision-of-the-1976-recommendation-on-the-development-of-adult-education/ea1a1695138736325d6dd8e8
The expert group found that the 1976 Recommendation is a visionary document which articulates a clear rights-based approach and continues to be relevant. While acknowledging its emancipatory spirit and its unique and crucial normative function for international regulation on adult education, the expert group agreed that after 36 years a restructured version is necessary.

The online consultation will run from 24 September to 5 October, 2012, in two one-week cycles, which will each focus on one section of the document mentioned above. A set of questions has been prepared to guide your contributions:
Week One (Monday 24 to Friday 28 September): Feedback on the arguments for revising the 1976 Recommendation on the development of adult education (part I of the Synthesis of Main Results and Proposals)
a)     a)   How would a revision of the 1976 Recommendation be helpful from your perspective?
b)    How would the recommendation play a supportive role for policy making, provision and participation in Adult Learning and Education in your country 
Week Two (Monday 1 to Friday 5 October): Starting points to revise the 1976 Recommendation per Chapter (part II of the Synthesis of Main Results and Proposals)
Which changes do you propose? – Please indicate the location in the existing version and make suggestions for the concrete formulation 
You are invited to contribute to the forum’s discussion by sending an email tomonitoringbfa@googlegroups.com. In addition, you can visit the forum’s website athttps://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/monitoringbfa, where you will see all contributions. In order to access the website, kindly create a Google account (if you do not have one) by entering your e-mail address and a password.
Attached you will find the 1976 Recommendation on the Development of Adult Education document and the Synthesis of Main Results and Proposals. In order to access to other key background documents you can visit http://uil.unesco.org/home/programme-areas/adult-learning-and-education/confintea-portal/nairobi-recommandation-on-adult-education/.
Please submit your contributions in English, French or Spanish. Multilingual contributions are encouraged as there will be no translation of the messages. A weekly summary will be provided in English, French and Spanish to provide feedback on the discussions.
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You may start sending your first contributions as soon as you have received this e-mail. We are looking forward to a lively discussion!
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning