We are proud and happy to announce the ICAE Virtual seminar 2018 – on the topic of “Inclusion and diversity”! 

The International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) continues to inspire dialog, exchange of ideas and critical reflection on highly relevant topics in adult education. Through this virtual seminar ICAE, in cooperation with DVV International, therefore wants to promote a debate and dialogue on selected articles from DVV International’s journal Adult Education and Development. This offers the chance to discuss the topics raised in the print issue in a virtual seminar and to go deeper and broaden the analysis. It creates a virtual space as an opportunity to share experiences from different regions and contexts, and to inspire new initiatives.

Experiences and good practices from around the globe

In the latest issue of Adult Education and Development (AED), authors from all over the world discuss the many facets of “inclusion and diversity”. They write about their own identity, discuss the changes needed to create inclusive societies and adult education systems, and present concrete “inclusive” methods of adult education.

Inclusion and diversity are two sides of the same coin. Inclusion can only succeed if we recognise our differences – our diversity – and use them constructively. But how can we prevent social exclusion and enable all people to participate in society? What contribution can adult education make? Which learning approaches, programmes and institutions are needed to create an inclusive (adult) education system? And what does “inclusive” teaching actually mean? These are some of the questions raised in this year’s issue of AED.

The seminar is free of charge, open to anyone and will start on 5th of March.
The following articles of issue 84 of Adult Education and Development will be this years´ starting point of the seminar:

  • Rima Abboud from Palestine writes about the experiences of the Aswat – Palestinian Gay Women network,
  • Annette Sprung from the University of Graz, Austria discusses to what extent the migration-related diversity in Austria is reflected in adult education staff.
  • Shermaine Barrett from Jamaica analyzes at the concept of “reflexivity”, which helps teachers to critically reflect on their own teaching practice and to make their teaching inclusive;
  • Daniel L. Mpolomoka and Selina Banda from the Zambian Open University look the application of Theatre for Development in Zambia and how it encourages persons to share ideas and act collectively.

You can already find the articles here: https://www.dvv-international.de/adult-education-and-development/editions/aed-842017-inclusion-and-diversity/ (in English, French and Spanish) and follow the discussion on the dedicated ICAE Website http://virtualseminar.icae.global

Get involved and be part of the ICAE virtual Seminar 2018!

Do you want to participate? You can register here or send an e-mail to policy@icae.global. Registration is open now!

The virtual seminar will run for approximately one month as a series of articles and comments that are sent to the participants via e-mail. Your contributions and comments (max. 500 words) can be sent in English, French or Spanish, and will then be translated into English where necessary. If you have any questions ahead of the seminar, do not hesitate to contact Ricarda Mot­schilnig (policy@icae.global).
Additional webinars: In addition to the virtual seminar, ICAE will organize online discussions in the form of webinars. The ­topics and dates of these webinars will be ­announced during the virtual seminar.

We invite all of you to actively participate with reflections and comments.

With best wishes,

Katarina Popovic´, ICAE Secretary General
Ricarda Motschilnig, Policy and Advocacy Officer