Archive for May, 2009

Join us in the Education Nation

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

May 18, at the University of the Philippines, the Education Nation had its MetroManila launch. Similar launch activities will follow in Baguio, Pampanga, Cebu, and Davao.

E-Net Philippines, of which ELF is a founding member, is one of the convenors of Education Nation which seeks to bring together all the groups and institutions campaigning for education reforms.

The Philippine Business for Education, PBEd, acted as the lead convenor. The idea of Education Nation was hatched at a workshop organized by PBEd in Cebu in early March.

Although the focus of the campaign is on improving the formal, school-based, basic education system, Education Nation has accepted the advocacy of E-Net (and ELF) for building ALS or alternative learning systems for out of school youth and adults.

Education Nation sees its work as long-term and strategic. But because of the May 2010 elections, it seeks to make education reform one of the main issues in the election campaign, especially for the presidency. Hence its call for “an education government” and “an education president.”

CONFINTEA Postponed!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

May 15, a group of delegates from the Philippines were supposed to fly to Belem, Brazil, to attend CONFINTEA VI, the international conference on adult education. We didn’t make it, because the conference has been postponed.

The Brazilian host government explained that they did not want to take the risk of having an international gathering (of up to 2000 people) while the recent outbreak of swine flu is still not contained.

It’s disappointing of course, and there are lots of needed renegotiations about cancelled plane tickets and hotel bookings.

The four-person Danish delegation from AWE , the Association for World Education (to which ELF belongs), had bought tickets that cannot be refunded or rebooked. So they decided to proceed with their original plans and hold some acitvities with their Brazilian hosts.

They have sent photos and short write-ups from their ongoing visit. Check them out at

Since CONFINTEA is held only once every 12 years, both UNESCO and the host government of Brazil have received appeals that CONFINTEA still be held within 2009. We wait for the announcement of the new dates, most probably in late November or early December.

Thanks to our Danish friends for checking out Belem and giving us a sense of the place and its people.