Adult Education Academy

    Prof.(H) Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Heribert Hinzen

    Heribert Hinzen, Prof.(H) Dr. Dr. h.c. mult., is a senior consultant on adult education and lifelong learning for sustainable development. He worked for DVV International for almost four decades, both in headquarters and in offices in Sierra Leone, Hungary and Lao PDR. He is an Honorary Professor at the University of Pecs, and teaches comparative adult education at the University of Würzburg. He has served as Vice-President of the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) and the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA), and is currently Vice-President of the global network for Promoting, Interrogating and Mobilising Adult learning and education (PIMA). He was a member of the CONFINTEA VI Consultative Group, the UN Literacy Decade Expert Group, and a delegate to the World Education Fora of 2000 and 2015. He is an Honorary Fellow of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning.

    Adult education within lifelong learning

    Citizenship and education for sustainable development

    Policy, legislation and financing of ALE

    Professionalzation and institutionalization

    CG6: Policy, legislation and financing of ALE in a lifelong learning perspective: Arguments, examples and experiences

    Co-Moderator: Prof. Balázs Németh

    In this particular context, students will relate their practice-based cases to the policy contexts articulated in relevant and available governmental documents to assess how far they meet and/or match regarding goals, contents and expected impacts.

    Particular roles and impacts of the international communities like EU initiatives, UN-based agendas such as CONFINTEA or the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and the roles the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE) or the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) play and their calls to develop equity and active citizenship.

    Reasons for participation/non-participation in active citizenship education and education for sustainable development and other ALE activities, courses, programs, campaigns, initiatives, etc. will be a matter of concern and research. In this regards, students have to visit available and recently provided data-sources on ALE referring to their countries and explain what data or the lack of data may reflect in their context.

    This focus is rather relevant to comparative studies in the context of interrelated dimensions of policy, legislation and financing.


    For more information about the comparative group have a look at our programme!

    Hinzen, H. (2020). 100 Years of Volkshochschule – 50 Years of DVV International. Local and Global Perspectives on Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. In R. Egetenmeyer, V. Boffo & Kröner S. (Eds.), International and comparative studies in Adult and Continuing Education (pp 201-213). University Florence Press.

    Duke, C., Hinzen, H., & Sarrazin, R. (Eds.) (2021). Public Financing of Popular Adult Learning and Education (ALE). Experience, lessons and recommendations from 14 country and case studies. Bonn: DVV International.

    Belete, S., Duke, C., Hinzen, H., Owusu-Boampong, A., Phuoc, K. H. (2022). Community Learning Centres (CLCs) for Adult Learning and Education (ALE): development in and by communities. In: International Review of Education, 68:259–290 https://doi.org/10.1007/s11159-022-09954-w



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