Press release

International Conference “Adult Learning and Education in the South Caucasus: the milestones”

International Conference on Adult Learning and Education in Tbilisi

In the past 20 years DVV International has worked in the South Caucasus (Armenia and Georgia) to promote Lifelong Learning (LLL) and Adult Learning and Education (ALE) at different levels.  Lobbying for sustainable ALE structures, increasing national level investment into ALE and LLL, raising awareness of ALE benefits and reducing costs of participation, building capacity of ALE institutions and professionals has been the main focus of cooperation on government, institutional and individual levels. Following the German model of ALE, 14 Adult Education centres were established in Georgia and 5 – in Armenia. They provide more then 20 000 beneficiaries yearly with multicomponent ALE programs to support their further development, employment and increased quality of life.

To summarise and analyse activities by DVV International in the region the International Conference “Adult Learning and Education in the South Caucasus: the milestones” will be conducted on 28-29 September 2022. The conference is organised by DVV International Georgia in cooperation with DVV International Armenia and Georgian Adult Education Network. The Conference will bring together ALE experts, policy and decision makers and practitioners who agree that Adult Education has to be recognised as a public good, and the administrative and financial authority should be strengthened to allow for greater flexibility and freedom in contributions to skills development among adults. The conference participants will discuss and make recommendations on how to foster reforms and build a sustainable adult education system in Armenia and Georgia, based on the best European practices including implementation of targeted holistic AE activities. The Conference will enact a professional debate among stakeholders and facilitate exchange on the situation in ALE sector worldwide and its possible influences on national opportunities in the South Caucasus. Around 80 ALE experts, policy and decision makers and practitioners from Germany, EU and non-EU countries and three DVV International regions – Caucasus and Southeast Europe, Ukraine/Moldova and Central Asia are invited to participate.

H.E. Peter Fischer, Ambassador of Germany to Georgia and Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Mr. Valerian Gobronidze will open the conference and welcome participants.

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