PIMA BULLETIN NO 47 APRIL 2023
Gardener's Corner ~ 9
From Hans Schuetze
Looking back to times we spent together, I realize how much I have enjoyed, and profited from our friendship.
‘Not sad that it is over – glad that it has been!’
From our first meetings in the late seventies in Paris at the OECD to working together at Pascal and later PIMA over the last 15 years or so, I have always been impressed by your sincere and engaged yet human approach to the themes that we worked on, from education policies, especially lifelong learning, to learning cities and urban development and later, sustainable development. I particularly recall the two conferences in China you organized: Shanghai in 1984 and Hong Kong in 2013 - for reasons that I have already described in the PIMA Newsletter, most memorable for the way you organized and led them - relaxed and gentle yet firmly in control. But I also fondly remember other, more private meetings with you and Liz in Larrey, Ozenay, Paris, Melbourne and Vancouver
From Paul Stanistreet
I first encountered Chris in 2002, when I joined the National Institute for Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) as editor of its journal, Adults Learning. The first article I edited was written by Chris. Still unfamiliar with the adult education sector, I had lots of questions, which Chris graciously answered. Since then, Chris has been a significant, always positive presence in my working life. As part of NIACE’s senior team he was always interested in what I was doing with the journal and was unfailingly supportive and encouraging. He saw the value in my work and gave me confidence in what I was doing. His intellectual reach and compassionate, far-sighted outlook were not only sources of inspiration but reminded me of why the work mattered. After leaving NIACE, I lost touch with Chris for a while. However, my work at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and with the International Review of Education (IRE) gave us the chance to work together again. A long-standing consulting editor and contributor to the journal, Chris is co-editing an upcoming special issue of IRE, reflecting on some of the landmark publications in the recent history of adult education. As in our previous collaborations, I have found Chris unstintingly kind, thoughtful and creative. His concerns for the future of our shared eco-system and the need to build a better world for all have not changed in the time I have known him but, in some respects, the world has, and his perspective is more relevant than ever.