National Capacity Building Workshop for Rural community learning centre Managers in China
UNESCO Regional Bureau for Education in Bangkok launched the community learning centre (CLC) project in 1998 within the framework of the Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL). It was created to generate grassroots-based interest and participation in literacy and continuing education, especially for the disadvantaged and poor. Community learning centres are interpreted, understood and practised in the participant countries as community-driven entities that embody sustained initiative. They are principally focused on literacy and continuing education, skills and lifelong learning. The activities organized by CLCs cover a wide range of community-based development programmes in health, agriculture, TVET, education, life skills and entrepreneurial skills for out-of-school children, youth, women, the under-privileged and the rural poor.
Over the next two days, more than 70 participants from 12 provinces and cities in China will come together at the National Capacity Building Workshop for Rural CLC Managers in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province, China from 21-22 July 2017. The workshop will enhance the capacity of CLC managers in managing CLCs and providing quality services and training programmes within the framework of Education 2030, especially SDG4 targets 4.3, 4.4, 4.5. To further promote CLCs, it is important to present concrete evidence that demonstrates their effectiveness to education 2030 stakeholders for strengthening and institutionalizing CLCs within the framework of Chinese National Education 2030 Plan.
The conference co-organized by Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, China Adult Education Association, Gansu Institute of Education Sciences, UNESCO institute for Lifelong Learning, and UNESCO Beijing Office takes stock of the Belem Framework for Action and prepares for the mid-decade CONFINTEA VI follow-up meetings in South Korea, 2017. The second objective is to share best practices and review progress of CLCs in China. The third objective is to raise awareness on Education 2030, SDG4 and related targets, with the main focus on lifelong learning. The conference gathers rural CLC mangers, representatives from Adult Education associations, government officials, researchers in adult education and vocational education and experts from UNESCO.
At the completion of the workshop, 50 CLC managers will be trained and the CLC Network in China will be expanded to 53 CLCs covering 12 provinces and cities.
It has been more than a decade since the Community Learning Center (CLC) programme was initiated in China in 2013. UNESCO has joined hands with Chinese National Commission for UNESCO and the China Adult Education Association (CAEA) to contribute to the promotion of CLCs in rural China, which has played an important role in rural development. The Belem Framework for Action has called for the empowerment of adults and youth.
On 29-30th November 2016, the Promoting Lifelong Learning through Community Learning Centers (CLCs) National Review Seminar was organized by Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, China Adult Education Association, and UNESCO Beijing Office in Ningbo City, China. The seminar gathered more than 60 participants including representatives from 44 rural all over China, officials from provincial and municipal education bureaus, and researchers from universities and research institutes. The seminar was a great success with expected results. At the end of the seminar, the CLC Network in China expanded to 44 CLCs covering 11 cities and provinces in China. The CLCs were also participated in the National Lifelong Learning Week declared by the Chinese Ministry of Education.
Although the CLC Project has achieved remarkable success, it encounters continuous challenges from multiple aspects. One problem highlighted on the 2016 annual conference is that, with growing numbers of new members and the adjustment of personnel, many new managers join the project and most of them are new to CLCs. They lack sufficient knowledge about the function and roles of CLCs and experience in managing the CLCs to ensure the quality of the training programmes. It is against this background that Chinese National Commission for UNESCO, China Adult Education Association, and UNESCO Beijing Office will jointly organize the National Capacity Building Workshop for CLC facilitators 21-22 July 2017 in Lanzhou City, Gansu Province. CLC mangers and personnel must be adequately trained to manage the CLCs effectively. The CLCs will significantly contribute to the achievement of SDG4 targets 4.3, 4.4, 4.5 and contribute to the Education 2030 Agenda for China.
The objectives of the National Capacity Building Workshop for CLC facilitators are to:
1) Enhance the capacity of CLC managers in managing CLCs and providing quality services and training programmes in preparation for the mid-decade CONFINTEA VI follow-up meetings in South Korea, 2017;
2) Review the current status of the institutional capacity in CLCs in China;
3) Raise awareness in the role of CLCs in community development;
4) Reinforce the role of CLCs in achieving SDG4 and promote lifelong learning;
5) Define strategies to address challenges and obstacles faced;
6) Share the global findings and recommendations on the strengthening of CLCs from UNESCO; and provide a platform for CLC managers to share best practices and lessons learnt;
7) Enhance the skills and knowledge of CLC mangers to deliver better training courses in CLCs.
The Chinese National Commission for UNESCO
Vocational and Adult Education Department, Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
The Education Department of Gansu Province
UNESCO institute for Lifelong Learning
UNESCO Beijing Office
China Adult Education Association
Gansu Institute of Education Sciences