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Forum 7: Adult learning and Education for sustainable development and resilience (englischsprachig)

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Dienstag, 21. Juni 202211:00 Uhr12:30 Uhr


The consequences of climate change are visible in many regions of the world. Large parts of humanity are affected by floods and drought. Hunger and an increasing number of conflicts as well as migration movements are among the consequences. What can adult learning and education (ALE) contribute to equip people with the necessary knowledge, skills and competencies to support sustainable development? What is the role of promoting resilience in dealing with the crises? 

On another level, however, education for sustainable development also addresses ethical problems and justice issues. How can ALE convey empathy and an awareness of global responsibility? How can it promote readiness for global solidarity?

Finally, the processes of change also raises questions about our understanding of democracy: How can we bring as many people as possible along in these processes? The pandemic has taught us a few things here, especially with regard to the risk of losing parts of the population, even where essential questions of life and death are at stake - but also with regard to the importance of education and dialogue. We must ask ourselves how we can empower the disadvantaged to effectively make their needs heard and resist populist temptations.


Constanze Abratzky


Constanze Abratzky is a journalist, media coach and moderator. As a parliamentary correspondent, she has followed politicians and the policy-making process. As a media trainer at DW Akademie, she advocates for the right of all people to free access to information. Her main areas of work there are consulting and leadership training, strategy development and communications consulting. She works with public and private clients in Europe, Africa and Asia. She is also a main presenter of the daily news programme PHOENIX-tv. As a moderator of panel discussions, she loves to explore topics in depth.

Christoph Jost

Christoph Jost ist Direktor von DVV International, dem Internationalen Institut des Deutschen Verbandes für Erwachsenenbildung. DVV International unterstützt den Aufbau nachhaltiger Erwachsenenbildungsstrukturen in mehr als 30 Ländern und fördert die globale Entwicklung mit einer Vielzahl von Projekten, die mit rund 200 Partnern weltweit umgesetzt werden. Christoph verfügt über 20 Jahre Berufserfahrung im Bereich Bildung und Entwicklung. Vor seinem Eintritt bei DVV International arbeitete er bei einer internationalen Bildungseinrichtung und bei zwei Entwicklungsberatungsunternehmen. Christoph ist Mitglied der UNESCO-Koordinierungsgruppe CCNGO (Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education 2030) und Vorstandsmitglied des International Council for Adult Education (ICAE).


Dr. Jose Roberto Guevara

Jose Roberto ‘Robbie’ Guevara is an educator with extensive experience in adult, community and popular education with a focus on education for sustainable development and global citizenship education. He is a sought after facilitator for his expertise in participatory, creative and experiential learning methodologies developed from his years of working as a grassroots environmental educator and community theatre practitioner in the Philippines. Robbie is President of the International Council of Adult Education (ICAE) and is Associate Professor if International Development at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University) Melbourne, Australia. Robbie was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame in October 2012 for his contribution to adult learning in the Asia-Pacific region.

Gustav Fridolin

Gustav Fridolin war Abgeordneter (2002-2006, 2010-2014) und Co-Vorsitzender der Schwedischen Grünen Partei (2011-2019) sowie Bildungsminister (2014-2019). Darüber hinaus war er zwischen 2006-2010 und erneut seit 2019 bis heute als Lehrer an der schwedischen Volkshochschule tätig. Seit 2021 ist er Vorstandsmitglied der European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) und seit 2021 Vorstandsmitglied des International Centre for Water Cooperation der UNESCO. Gustav Fridolin hat sechs Bücher geschrieben, hauptsächlich über Politik.

Myron Mendes

Myron Mendes is the National Facilitator for the Indian Network on Ethics and Climate Change (INECC) and Communications Manager for LAYA Resource Centre. He has studied Agricultural Business and Natural Resource Management at The Ohio State University and lives in Mumbai. He works largely in the areas of building community resilience to Climate Change, Climate Change Education and Climate Policy Advocacy from an Indian justice perspective. To further enhance his work, he has been engaged with various stakeholders, from the urban and rural communities, for communities and individuals to mitigate their carbon emissions as well as adapting to the current climate crisis. As part of his work, he is involved with curriculum development, organizing train-the-trainer programs with community leaders in the rural areas and various urban professionals like architects, nutritionists, high school teachers, food producers, etc., developing an online course on Climate Change, to address the climate change and sustainable development issues within their own professional communities.

Rilli Lappallainen

Rilli Lappalainen is the founder and chair of Bridge 47 network, a global network that brings people together to support, promote and implement SDG 4.7. Bridge 47 network also does advocacy and raises awareness of the importance of right to active participation in societies. In addition, Rilli Lappalainen is the President of CONCORD, the European Confederation of Relief and Development NGOs which, amongst many global issues, works with global citizenship education as well. Before that he served as vice-president of Forus, global network to represent civil society in many international arenas. As a civil servant, researcher, consultant, activist, CSO leader and facilitator in organisations in Finland, Europe and beyond Rilli Lappalainen has been fighting for global solidarity and sustainable development for more than 30 years, on the local level as well as internationally.

Eckhardt von Hirschhausen

Dr. Eckart von Hirschhausen ist Arzt, Wissenschaftsjournalist und Gründer der Stiftung „Gesunde Erde – Gesunde Menschen“. Die Stiftung hat sich zum Ziel gesetzt, die Zusammenhänge von Klimawandel, Umwelt und Gesundheit anschaulich zu machen. Von Hirschhausen ist Moderator, Autor („Mensch, Erde! Wir könnten es so schön haben“, dtv 2021) und setzt sich seit 2018 für eine medizinisch und wissenschaftlich fundierte Klimapolitik ein. Er ist Mitglied der „Scientists for Future“ und Unterstützer der „Deutschen Allianz Klimawandel und Gesundheit“ (KLUG).

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