CONFINTEA Postponed!

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.

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