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Climate Change Fiction: The South Asia Experience (episode 1)

| Global Workshop

About the episode

In this interaction between authors, scholars and activists, we hope to critically explore the reasons for South Asia being foregrounded as a zone for climate catastrophe in recent Western cli-fi (Kim Stanley Robinson, Ministry of the Future, Stephen Markley, The Deluge), as well as discover more about the extent to which this sub-genre has found roots in this region. Amitav Ghosh has led the way in writing novels with this theme (The Hungry Tide, Gun Island), besides critiquing the failure of literary fiction to engage with this set of questions.

Has speculative fiction/cli-fi from South Asia begun tooffer a nuanced and grounded representation of both the survival mechanisms espoused in the face of existential threats and possibilities for resistance and organisation at the grassroots level emerging in the region, as Vandana Singh and others have argued? Can climate change fiction indicate the scope for alternative paradigms emerging at present and in times to come?

Date and Time

Date: 17 January 2024

Time: 1 pm GMT/UTC; 6.30 pm IST

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82646306714?pwd=OWdsVTJsdGEvdVdXMmNGOVgyRGpudz09

Panelists

Vandana Singh – author, Utopias of the Third Kind; physicist & climate change scientist

Anil Menon – author, The Coincidence Plot; Chief Editor, Bombay Literary Magazine

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyaya – Assoc. Prof, Univ of Oslo, and Lead, CoFUTURES

Ashish Kothari – Kalpavriksh, Vikalp Sangam, and Global Tapestry of Alternatives


https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/events:2024_climate_change_fiction_webinars:episode_1

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What Skills to Be Developed for 21st Century Needs? Lessons for Adult Educators

| Global Webinar

PIMA | Adult Education | Lifelong Learning (pimanetwork.com)

Hereby, PIMA Network cordially invites you to attend its special webinar on the challenging aspects of skills development in an era of uncertainties and crisis. Distinguished experts, researchers of skills policies, development, and adult and lifelong learning will provide keynote presentations to be followed by short reflections and questions with answers.

DATE: Monday, 4 December 2023. – 09.00am to 11.00am CET

ZOOM-link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87385793761?pwd=AMVHgfM5DQ3RaaU6ml9wJGCxrs5uix.1

Meeting ID: 873 8579 3761

Passcode: 395510

PROGRAMME:

Chair: Balázs Németh, member of PIMA Ex-Co. and EAEA Board member/ eucen and EPALE Hungary ambassador

09.00am – 11.00am CET


Welcome Greetings from Shirley Walters (president of PIMA Network)

  • El-Iza Mohamedou (Head of the OECD Centre for Skills) Shifting Paradigms: Empowering Lifelong Learning through Vocational Education and Training

Q&A

  • Songheang Ai (Alternate SOCA Leader for Cambodia, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization/ Center Director of Regional Center for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED) Re-Imaging Skill Development: Supporting Mechanism

Q&A

  • Séamus O’Tuama (Chair of ASEM LLL Hub/ UCC, IE) Building Skills through Five Capitals of Learning

Q&A

  • Éva Farkas (Chair, Board of Directors - International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (IACEHOF) Microcredentials and Individual Learning Account: Two innovative initiatives to promote the reskilling of employees

Q&A

Closing words by the Chair of Session

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Lifelong Learning Festival - UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities

| Global Conference

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC), the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), with the support of East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China, will host the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities Lifelong Learning Festival from 30 October to 3 November 2023.

This festival will highlight the achievements and progress made by learning cities worldwide. It will showcase the transformative power of lifelong learning in promoting sustainable development, fostering global citizenship, and improving health and well-being at the local level, with a global impact. The event will be part of the #ImALifelongLearner campaign.

We invite you to mark your calendars and visit the festival's event page for more information.

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WEBINAR: Adult Education for formal and non-formal workspaces / Éducation des Adultes dans les Espaces de Travail Formels et Non-Formels

| Africa Webinar

Join us for an informative discussion on Adult Education and Learning for the workplace (formal and non-formal)

Register to join us.

SPEAKERS:

Ms. Zahia Kacher - Rural Women's Association AFUD, Algeria

Topic: Promotion of Vocational Training through Learning

Ms. Kacher will reflect on her work with rural women, focusing on promoting entrepreneurship to build their skills and capacity. The aim is to enable them to actively contribute to economic development, with a special emphasis on advancing female entrepreneurship.

Adekunle Tinuoye - Micheal Imoudu National Institute For Labour Studies, Nigeria

Topic: Overview of Labour Education in Nigeria

Mr. Tinuoye will provide an overview of labour education in Nigeria, with specific emphasis on the work and activities of the Micheal Imoudu National Institute For Labour Studies. He will highlight the institute's contributions to enlightening workers about their rights, the importance of harmonious labour management relations, and achieving workplace peace and harmony.

DATE: 31 OCTOBER 2023

TIME: 14:00 – 15:30 (SAST)

15:00 - 16:30 (EAT)


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Neville Alexander Colloqium. Against Racial Capitalism: Africa Insights

| Southern Africa Other

An all-day Colloquium presented by the Political Economy of Education Research Hub and UCT School of Education.

It will also be live-streamed on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/live/O9c6QCKpDzo?si=FWOhLbM-iZ1YFLrX

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Adult Learners Week

WE’RE CELEBRATING ADULT LEARNERS WEEK

During September we celebrate International Literacy Day as well as highlighting Adult Learners Week (ALW).

ALW has for many years been a time of recognition for our sector, commending adult learners and educators and the pathway of lifelong learning. The sector has had a long association with the themes determined by UNESCO for ALW and International Literacy Day.

This year it is;

Promoting literacy for a world in transition: Building the foundation for sustainable and peaceful societies.

You are invited to join us!

When 10am - 2pm, 30 September 2023

Where Epilepsy South Africa, corner of Govan Mbeki, and Cotte Roads, Wetton

Contact person Merle FRED allforum@mweb.co.za 082 402 3293

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Webinar: Adult Education, Prevention, and Conflict Management

| Central Africa Webinar

Join us for an informative discussion on adult education and essential strategies for preventing and managing conflicts.

Date: October 3, 2023

Time: 14:00 CAT

14 pm CAT equal to 12 pm UTC/GMT (Mali, Togo, Sénégal, etc).

14 pm CAT equal to 13 pm (Cameroon, Gabon, Chad, Central Republic of Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazaville).

Speaker: Dupleix Kuenzob, Executive Secretary, Dynamique Mondiale des Jeunes

Topics Covered:

  1. Introduction of DMJ in the context of adult education.
  2. Consistency of adult education and its impact on individuals and society.
  3. DMJ's unique approach in adult education and its benefits.
  4. The crucial importance of adult education in conflict prevention and management.
  5. The influence of adult education on conflict prevention and management at an individual and collective level.

Registration

Photo: UN Women/Ryan Brown
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Masterclass on Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paulo Friere)

| Global Webinar

RADICAL FOUNDATIONS

Saturday September 30th (online)
1pm New York | 2pm Rio de Janeiro | 7pm Johannesburg

Register here

The Radical Books Collective will be hosting a masterclass on Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Brazilian educator Paulo Freire convened by Dr. Antonia Darder in collaboration with the Paulo Freire Institute at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. An enduring, extraordinary and profoundly influential work, the book was written in 1968 and published first in Spanish, then in the original Portuguese in 1972. Freire's own life story punctuated by struggle and exile becomes an important context for the book itself.

The seminar will start with a short session convened by Anne Harley and Firoze Manji who will speak about Paulo Freire in Africa. It will be followed by a longer session from Dr. Darder who will offer an introduction to the general arc of Freire's life and work as well as a chapter by chapter analysis of Pedagogy of the Oppressed. We will then have one hour for comments and questions from the seminar participants.

About Dr. Antonia Darder

Antonia Darder is an internationally recognized scholar, artist, poet, songwriter, activist, and public intellectual, and is the recipient of the Paulo Freire Social Justice Award. She has worked tirelessly for more than three decades to fiercely counter social and material inequalities at work in schools and communities. Her scholarship focuses on issues of racism, political economy, education, social justice, and society. More recently, she has worked to articulate a critical theory of leadership for social justice and community engagement. For more than a decade, she held the Leavey Presidential Endowed Chair in Ethics and Moral Leadership in the School of Education at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA. She is a Professor Emerita of Education at LMU and a Professor Emerita of Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Formerly, she also held a Distinguished Visiting faculty post at the University of Johannesburg, in South Africa.

In the late 80s and early 90s, Darder studied and worked with renowned Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, whose ideas profoundly influenced the direction of her life's work. Her book Reinventing Paulo Freire: A Pedagogy of Love focused on Freire's important contributions to education, particularly from the standpoint of oppressed communities. More recently, her book Freire & Education was released in both English and Portuguese. In 2016 she was also awarded the Paulo Freire Democratic Project award, given to individuals who embody the life and legacy of Paulo Freire and who are characterized by intellectual excellence, ethical concern and deep commitment to the creation, nurturing, and sustainability of fair and just communities. In 2018 (the 50th anniversary of Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed), she published The Student Guide to Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed.

Darder is the author of Culture and Power in the Classroom (the 20th anniversary edition of which was released in 2012) and Reinventing Paulo Freire: A Pedagogy of Love, named outstanding book in curriculum for 2001-2002 by the American Educational Research Association. She is also co-author of After Race: Racism After Multiculturalism. She is the editor of Culture and Difference and co-editor of Latinos and Education; The Latino Studies Reader: Culture, Economy and Society, and The Critical Pedagogy Reader. A Dissident Voice: Essay on Culture, Pedagogy, and Power, a twenty-year retrospective of her writings, was released in 2012. The book is a compilation of 21 essays and seven poems published from 1991 to 2011.

Over the years, Darder has collaborated on numerous social justice projects with students. In 2009, Darder's documentary, Breaking Silence: The Pervasiveness of Oppression, was awarded the second-place prize at the Central Illinois Women's Film Festival. The film was produced with a team of graduate students and community members involved in the Diversity and Technology for Engaging Communities research team, a study examining issues of power, privilege, and racism on the UIUC campus. In 2005, working with graduate students and community members, she established the Liberacion! Radio Collective, that examines politics, art, and struggle through the nexus of local/global connections.

Apart from the awards already mentioned above, Prof. Darder has received numerous other awards, including the Scholars of Color Lifetime Distinguished Career Contribution Award by the American Education Research Association; the Eminent Scholar Award from Southern Queensland University, Toowoomba, Australia; a Thinker in Residence Distinguished Faculty Fellowship from Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia; and a Rains Award for Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work. She has also been the recipient of a Distinguished International Research Fellow Award from New Castle University, Callaghan, Australia; and a Heroes Award from the Sisters of Saint Joseph for Reconciliation and Justice awarded to individuals who exemplify justice and reconciliation in their lives. Along with a national Kellogg Foundation Fellowship, she has also received the Social Justice in Education Award from the University of New Mexico, and recognition for her Outstanding Service to the Latino Community from El Centro de Acción Social. Darder was one of 72 women chosen to appear in Victoria Alvarado's book, Mujeres de Consciencia/Women of Conscience, a tribute to U.S. Latinas who have made a definite and long-standing contribution to the Latino community and the nation at large. Darder is a visual artist and poet. Writing and performing in English and Spanish, her poetry and songs speak of love, struggle, and freedom.

About the co-conveners

Anne Harley is a senior lecturer in adult education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg) in South Africa. Prior to joining the university as a researcher in 1994, she did research work for an anti-apartheid women’s organization and a land rights NGO. Working within the radical adult education tradition, she is particularly interested in informal adult education/learning in/through/with struggle, and her work focuses on counter-hegemonic learning and theorizing, particularly in subaltern social movements, and is thus related to issues of emancipatory politics, the notion of civil society, and discourses of ‘development’ in South Africa and beyond. She has published numerous academic articles and chapters, and produced a number of popular publications. As part of her work, she heads up the Paulo Freire project, an affiliate of the Paulo Freire Institute in Brazil, which runs projects to further the thinking and work of the Brazilian educationist. She is also a member of the Popular Education Network, an international network of people involved in popular education.

Firoze Manji is a writer, publisher and activist with more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health, human rights, teaching, publishing and political organizing. He is the founder and publisher of Daraja Press which describe their mission thus: "We seek to build upon, develop and support interconnections between emancipatory struggles of the oppressed and exploited across the world. In a phrase, our aim is to nurture reflection, shelter hope and inspire audacity." He has published several books and articles, the most recent including African Awakenings, The Emerging Revolutions (2011) and China's New Role in Africa and the South: A Search for a New Perspective (2008). He is the recipient of the 2021 Nicolás Cristóbal Guillén Batista Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caribbean Philosophical Association.

Radical Books Collective

Radical Books Collective creates an alternative, inclusive and non-commercial approach to books and reading. We organize virtual book clubs, book and author events and immersive seminars on foundational radical books.

A community of readers from around the world come together to discuss bold and politically progressive books across a range of genres. Corporatized, profit-oriented publishing structures make it harder for us to find books and writers that don't fit the mainstream awards, praise, and review criteria. We are curating an alternative canon through a collective that includes publishers, bookstores, authors and book lovers everywhere. Book clubs meet online to discuss a recently published radical book and to meet the writer.

Let's change how books are read, circulated, reviewed and talked about. Let's read slowly, deeply, collectively. The Radical Books Collective is an independent initiative and are not supported by institutional funding. We rely on you to create progressive programming and to invigorate engaged reading communities. If you like the work we do, please support us in any way you can: https://radicalbookscollective.com/pages/support-us

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Climate Change Fiction: The South Asia Experience (episode 1)

About the episode

In this interaction between authors, scholars and activists, we hope to critically explore the reasons for South Asia being foregrounded as a zone for climate catastrophe in recent Western cli-fi (Kim Stanley Robinson, Ministry of the Future, Stephen Markley, The Deluge), as well as discover more about the extent to which this sub-genre has found roots in this region. Amitav Ghosh has led the way in writing novels with this theme (The Hungry Tide, Gun Island), besides critiquing the failure of literary fiction to engage with this set of questions.

Has speculative fiction/cli-fi from South Asia begun tooffer a nuanced and grounded representation of both the survival mechanisms espoused in the face of existential threats and possibilities for resistance and organisation at the grassroots level emerging in the region, as Vandana Singh and others have argued? Can climate change fiction indicate the scope for alternative paradigms emerging at present and in times to come?

Date and Time

Date: 17 January 2024

Time: 1 pm GMT/UTC; 6.30 pm IST

Link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82646306714?pwd=OWdsVTJsdGEvdVdXMmNGOVgyRGpudz09

Panelists

Vandana Singh – author, Utopias of the Third Kind; physicist & climate change scientist

Anil Menon – author, The Coincidence Plot; Chief Editor, Bombay Literary Magazine

Bodhisattva Chattopadhyaya – Assoc. Prof, Univ of Oslo, and Lead, CoFUTURES

Ashish Kothari – Kalpavriksh, Vikalp Sangam, and Global Tapestry of Alternatives


https://globaltapestryofalternatives.org/events:2024_climate_change_fiction_webinars:episode_1

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What Skills to Be Developed for 21st Century Needs? Lessons for Adult Educators

PIMA | Adult Education | Lifelong Learning (pimanetwork.com)

Hereby, PIMA Network cordially invites you to attend its special webinar on the challenging aspects of skills development in an era of uncertainties and crisis. Distinguished experts, researchers of skills policies, development, and adult and lifelong learning will provide keynote presentations to be followed by short reflections and questions with answers.

DATE: Monday, 4 December 2023. – 09.00am to 11.00am CET

ZOOM-link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87385793761?pwd=AMVHgfM5DQ3RaaU6ml9wJGCxrs5uix.1

Meeting ID: 873 8579 3761

Passcode: 395510

PROGRAMME:

Chair: Balázs Németh, member of PIMA Ex-Co. and EAEA Board member/ eucen and EPALE Hungary ambassador

09.00am – 11.00am CET


Welcome Greetings from Shirley Walters (president of PIMA Network)

  • El-Iza Mohamedou (Head of the OECD Centre for Skills) Shifting Paradigms: Empowering Lifelong Learning through Vocational Education and Training

Q&A

  • Songheang Ai (Alternate SOCA Leader for Cambodia, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization/ Center Director of Regional Center for Technical Education Development (SEAMEO TED) Re-Imaging Skill Development: Supporting Mechanism

Q&A

  • Séamus O’Tuama (Chair of ASEM LLL Hub/ UCC, IE) Building Skills through Five Capitals of Learning

Q&A

  • Éva Farkas (Chair, Board of Directors - International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame (IACEHOF) Microcredentials and Individual Learning Account: Two innovative initiatives to promote the reskilling of employees

Q&A

Closing words by the Chair of Session

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