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UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (NJ1)

In recognition of the status of the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai as a platform for exchange of ideas and experience in lifelong learning, UNESCO, the Shanghai Municipal People's Government, the Chinese Society of Educational Development Strategy and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO joined forces to co-organise the Shanghai International Forum on Lifelong Learning from 19-21 May 2010, during the World Expo. The aim of the Forum was twofold: to reinforce the momentum for lifelong learning engendered by the Sixth International Conference on Adult Education (CONFINTEA VI), held in Belem do Para in Brazil in December 2009; and to share Member States' best practice in harnessing the lifelong learning discourse as a comprehensive course of action for establishing learning systems and societies. The three-day Forum was successful in many respects. It brought together more than 200 dedicated participants from 35 countries and a truly remarkable group of experts from across the world, who contributed to developing learning concepts and practices within a lifelong learning perspective. The Forum offered a unique opportunity for practitioners, policy-makers, advocates and academics alike to share experience and achievements, and to debate the crucial issues facing education today in a series of plenary sessions, thematic debates and visits to World Expo and lifelong learning institutions in Shanghai. The 24 papers collected in this book document the rich debates and exciting discussions in the Forum. These papers include: (1) Discovering the treasure of learning (Roberto Carneiro); (2) Evolution of and perspectives on lifelong learning (Adama Ouane); (3) Lifelong learning: moving beyond Education for All (EFA) (Rosa Maria Torres); (4) Revisiting the classics: The necessary return to research on the teaching-learning relationship in modern China (Ye Lan); (5) The development of an institutional framework of lifelong learning in China (Hao Keming); (6) The development of lifelong learning policy in the United States of America (Brenda Dann-Messier); (7) Better city, better life! Lifelong learning with Canadian characteristics (Roger Boshier); (8) Policy developments towards lifelong learning in the European Union (Heribert Hinzen); (9) Policy framework designed to build a learning society in Thailand (Kasama Varavarn); (10) Lifelong learning and connected-up development: insights from South Africa (Shirley Walters); (11) Improving coordination between formal education and non-formal education in the domain of lifelong learning in Benin (Abdel Rahamane Baba-Moussa); (12) Promoting the quality of adult non-formal education and lifelong learning in Tanzania: policy, practice, challenges and prospects (Salum R. Mnjagila); (13) A review of Mexico's lifelong learning model (Juan de Dios Castro); (14) Sharing innovative practices in financing lifelong learning in the Philippines (Ma. Eloisa M. Ramirez); (15) Using research to guide policy frameworks for building a learning society in the United States of America (Judith Alamprese); (16) Distance education: ends, means, opportunities and threats (John Daniel); (17) The new paradigm of lifelong learning and the construction of a new learning media market--informal and non-standard learning platform for all (Kang Ning); (18) Reflections on the value of higher education in lifelong learning (Han Yanming); (19) Introduction to building a learning city (Han SoongHee); (20) Constructing a learning society for "better city, better life": Shanghai's experience (Li Junxiu); (21) Development of lifelong learning and promotion of the construction of a learning city in Changzhou (Ju Liqin); (22) Lifelong education of farmers in the context of coordinated urban-rural development in China (Hong Fuzeng); (23) Lifelong learning and industry development--the practice of the machinery industry (Tu Zhonghua); and (24) Summary report of Shanghai International Forum on Lifelong Learning (Manzoor Ahmed). Individual papers contain figures, tables, references and bibliographies.

Descriptors: Lifelong Learning, Manufacturing Industry, Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Best Practices, Educational Development, Rural Development, Expertise, Agricultural Occupations, Adult Education, Conferences (Gatherings), Access to Education

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Autor: Yang, Jin, Ed.; Valdes-Cotera, Raul, Ed.


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