New Year's Greeting
GREETINGS AND BEST WISHES for a new year in which we are able to contribute to socio-ecological justice for the majority. This can best be done through collaboration with other networks and social movements of educators/activists. We describe this in a recently published article by members of PIMA’s Climate Justice Education Group, entitled “Towards an emergent curriculum for climate justice adult educators/activists” in Australian Journal of Adult Learning, Volume 62, Number 3, November 2022. Here we reflect back on the three years of climate justice education undertaken together with other networks i.e., Canadian Association for Studies in Adult Education (CASAE), Adult Learning Australia (ALA), UK-based SCUTREA, and the African adult education network, MOJA. In the article we say,
“We have prioritised collaboration as an intellectual and political approach which counters individuality and separation and builds alliances. The many case studies and voices we brought into webinars demonstrate how people together can challenge the status quo and construct alternatives. Collaborative organising and writing challenge hegemonic modes of knowledge production…. Working together cooperatively in the spirit of the ‘solidarity economy’ allows us to practice and rehearse the common future we are working towards.”
As another example of collaboration, ALA is giving access to our article and the whole journal for free. You can go to: https://ajal.net.au/latest-issue/ - there you are still required to go through the purchase process (no financial details are required) and register with your name and email address at no cost. Please note, it may take 30-60 seconds for the system to generate the download file. Thank you, ALA!
We are looking forward to working together with you towards these ends in 2023!
Call for Technical Assistance
This is the first PIMA Bulletin in its new web-based format. We are grateful to PIMA member, Leslie Cordie, for her assistance in helping the transition. We are looking for ongoing technical support to help with the back-end of uploading the bulletin. If you have some knowledge and capacity, please contact PIMA Secretary, Dorothy Lucardie Dorothy.email@example.com with an expression of interest. We will appreciate your offer of support very much.
Speaking of the Bulletin, if you have ideas for an article or bulletin special issue, please be in touch either with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dorothy.
Confintea VII Follow-up
Heribert Hinzen, PIMA’s deputy president, is in touch with follow-up activities to the 7th World Conference on Adult Learning and Education (CONFINTEA VII) which took place in Morocco, June 2022. For example, PIMA members participated in a follow-up seminar organised by ICAE together with CR&DALL in December where hybrid participation in Glasgow as well as online was possible (see http://cradall.org/content/crdall-seminar-7-december-2022-1030-gmt-confintea-vii-staying-alive-alert-awake-and). ICAE and PIMA colleagues also participated in an international conference which was held on-line to deepen the understanding on new developments in adult learning and education (ALE) and thus preparing for future ALE advocacy on community, national and global levels (see https://www.dvv-international.org.ua/news/detail/reflections-on-confintea-vii-results-and-the-marrakech-framework-for-action-the-online-workshop-of-eastern-neighbours).
Welcome to New Member
WELCOME TO NEW PIMA MEMBER: Carolyn Anonuevo is from the Philippines where she headed the Center for Women’s Resources, before being recruited to UNESCO Institute for Education in Hamburg, Germany in 1993. She went on to be Deputy director of what became UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL). One of the highlights of her work at UIL was to lead the conceptualization of the first Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE). In 2015, she joined the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, to head the Education Unit of the Regional Office based in Zimbabwe. Covering 9 countries in the region, her work involved providing technical assistance to government education program and coordinating programs on TVET, teachers’ education, education for sustainable development (ESD), higher education and ICT and education. She retired in 2022, and says, “My 40 years of education work, traversed early childhood through adult education with a wide range of themes (women, TVET, ESD, citizenship). While committed to education work, I would like to focus on women, migrants, ESD, work with older persons and also ‘futures of work’.”
Looking forward to working together to secure a just, liveable and democratic future.
Best wishes for 2023!