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PIMA is incorporated in Victoria, Australia, as Friends of PASCAL International Association. It is an expanding global network of diverse individual adult and lifelong learning educators, activists, and scholars. It grew out of PASCAL. ​


We collaborate with PASCAL and many other bodies, towards greater social, economic, and ecological justice. We contribute to ‘outside-of-the-box’ thinking to address the contemporary local/global crises and issues. We encourage members to work together and in solidarity with one another to bring the expertise of adult learning and education (ALE), within a lifelong learning orientation, to the resolution of everyday issues and problems.

About Us: Bio


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As President, Shirley Walters sees PIMA as an important emergent network of scholars and practitioners in areas of adult and lifelong learning and education. As a Professor Emerita of Adult and Continuing Education at the University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa, and a scholar-activist, she says “I am committed to finding collective ways to address the immense ecological, socio-economic and political challenges of the times towards greater justice for the majority. I love hiking, cycling and enjoying being in nature”.


As Vice President, Heribert Hinzen’s work in adult education started in the mid-1970s in local centers. As the previous Director in the Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association for a long time. A strong supporter of civil society action, and as current Vice-President for professional organizations like ICAE and EAEA, and also serving as an Honorary Fellow of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. In Hinzen’s words, “today PIMA for me is a good opportunity to be active in areas of global citizenship education for sustainable development. Work starts at home – I am a passionate gardener.”


Khau Huu Phuoc had had 22 years’ experience in teacher training and curriculum design at Ho Chi Minh University of Education, Vietnam before he transferred to the Regional Centre for Lifelong Learning (SEAMEO CELLL). As Manager of Research and Training at the Centre, he has conducted workshops, seminars on issues related to lifelong learning and adult learning and education for master trainers and teachers of non-formal education from the region, written articles exploring the themes in Southeast Asia, and most recently developed the Curriculum for Managers of Adult Education Centres for international use by DVV International. He has contributed as a speaker to various events organized by ASPBAE, UNESCO Bangkok, DVV International.

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Colin McGregor is the Director of Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa. ACE Aotearoa, a non-governmental organisation, is the lead body for Adult and Community Education in New Zealand. Our role is to support ACE providers through training, resources, conferences and sharing best practice. Colin says “I am committed to promoting the value of lifelong learning and ensuring access to learning opportunities.”

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Dorothy Lucardie, is a well-known practitioner, researcher, administrator, and leader in the field of Adult Education in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. As a practitioner, she has facilitated a range of adult education courses and programs in higher education, community education and in industry. Dorothy has contributed to the leadership of the national peak body Adult Learning Australia as President, her advocacy for its work and her relationship building with international allies. Dorothy was the founder President of the Friends of PASCAL International Association (PIMA).

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CHRIS DUKE, Editor (Publications)

I moved from the position of PIMA Secretary-General in 2019 coopted onto the Executive Committee to continue as Bulletin Editor. I’m passionate about equity and ethics, and participatory democracy, balanced regional and local development, political philosophy and practices, traditional knowledge and wisdom. I’m kept fit and happy by a passion for gardening and wildlife, my many children and grandchildren, and the richness of local community life.

JULIA DENHOLMDeputy Editor (Publications)

Julia Denholm is the dean of Lifelong Learning at Simon Fraser University. She was formerly dean, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, at Capilano University, as well as dean of kálax-ay, Capilano’s Sunshine Coast campus. She obtained her Ph.D. in educational studies and her master of arts in English literature from the University of British Columbia.

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CAROL KUAN, Communications (Publications)

Carol is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of U 3rd Age, Singapore. She also sits on the publication editorial committees of the World U3A Signpost and U3A Asia Post. She initiated the SMS (Seniors-Meet-Seniors) platform where seniors gather for developmental learning.

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MARIA SLOWEY, Committee Member

Maria Slowey is Director of the Higher Education Research Centre (HERC) Dublin City University (DCU) and Professor in the School of Policy and Practice. She served as Vice President Learning Innovation in DCU and worked in Glasgow University where she was Professor of Adult and Continuing Education and founding director of the Centre for Research and Development in Adult and Lifelong Learning (CRADALL). She is actively involved in a range of research and publication projects.

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Dr. Habil Balázs Németh is a researcher on European adult and lifelong learning policy development and comparative adult education. He is an associate professor and reader in Adult Learning and Education at the University of Pécs and a founding member of the Hungarian Universities Lifelong Learning Network (MELLearN). Further research topics of his are: Politics and Adult Education; Comparative Adult Education; History of Modern European Adult Education and Learning City-Region Developments in association with the global network of learning cities programme (GNLC) of UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning. Balázs Németh is a member of Steering Committee of EUCEN for 2015-19 period being responsible for policy affairs and talks. He is a vice-Director of PASCAL International Observatory for Central-East Europe, Executive President of MELLearN and the current president of the Adult Education Sub-Commission of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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CHANIKAN INPROM, Committee Member

Chanikan Inprom (Pam) is currently a lecturer in the Global Citizenship and Languages Programs at Webster University Thailand. She is now instructing ESL, Thai language, Multicultural Studies, and Cross-cultural Communication courses at the Bangkok campus and fostering the same experiential learning she benefited from. She earned her dual Bachelor of Education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Khon Kaen University, Thailand, and Massey University, New Zealand. She then earned her Master of Education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

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YASHVI SHARMA, Committee Member

Yashvi  Sharma serves as Training Specialist in Participatory Research In Asia (PRIA) . With more than 7 years, she is engaged in developing training designs, training materials (written and audio-visual) and training support across PRIA’s thematic areas. She specializes in participatory training, capacity building, community mobilization and programme implementation. She has been evolving various creative learning methodologies to engage adolescents, youth and women on issues of gender-based violence, sexual health and hygiene and livelihoods. Yashvi’s work history includes managing programmes focusing on building youth-leadership to end gender-based violence and ending sexual harassment at workplace.

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