The regional conference PROFESSIONALISATION OF ADULT LEARNING AND EDUCATION: CHANCES AND CHALLENGES IN THE POST-CONFINTEA VII TIME was held at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on the 14th and 15th September 2022. More than 100 Guests from the 3 partner countries in the East/ Horn of Africa region (Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda), including representatives from government, academia and civil society organisations, the Director of DVV International Germany, the Head of Regional Cooperation, German Embassy Tanzania, the Education Programme Specialist at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Germany, and the Secretary General of the International Council of Adult Education, Serbia discussed the implementation and monitoring of Marrakesh Framework of Action (MFA) and the importance of professionalisation in Adult Learning and Education (ALE).
The MFA, recently adopted at the CONFINTEA VII in Morocco, highlighted the crucial role of professionalisation in ALE and underlines the need for comprehensive approach and partnership: All levels and pathways of professionalisation are important: pre-service, in-service and continuing training – in association with universities and research institutes, status and professional development trajectories, but also improvement of their working conditions, salaries etc. This contributes to ALE system development and strengthening ALE service provision at the local level - as a strategic dimension for planning, design and implementation for learning programmes, and for supporting training and learning initiatives at community learning centres (CLC). CLC should be well-resourced with qualified adult educators.