Conseil supérieur de l'éducation
 
Adult Education THE CONTRIBUTION OF ADULT EDUCATION TO REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

IN THE WORKS

In April 2000, the Conseil supérieur de l'éducation mandated its Commission de l'éducation des adultes to prepare a brief on the contribution of adult education to local and regional development, from a partnership viewpoint.

 

Decentralization

Increasingly, the government is calling on local and regional communities to take charge of their development. Recent government policies (the green paper on decentralization (1995), the local and regional development support policy (1997), and the forthcoming rurality policy) grant them the powers they have been seeking in this regard.

Local development centers have been mandated to draw up economic development and employment action plans. The regional development councils’ role of government spokesbody in the region has been consolidated.

Educational concerns rank high in the initial strategic development plans produced by these bodies: increasing qualifications through vocational and technical education, increasing the graduation rate, adapting training to regional needs, setting up partnerships targeting innovation between businesses and colleges, universities and research centers.

 

Stakes and guidelines

The brief being prepared should highlight the stakes in question and propose guidelines for combining the contribution of organizations devoted to adult education, both within the formal education network (school boards, colleges, universities) and outside it (community organizations, businesses), with that of the other players. This contribution will be analyzed by studying specifically how adult education participates in the local and regional joint action bodies mentioned above, and in other venues for concerted efforts.

 

The Commission de l'éducation des adultes should address:

  • the repercussions, be they limited or extensive, of offering vocational, technical, university and research programs regionally;

  • the role of general education in the concerns of socioeconomic development players and educational institutions;

  • factors promoting partnership and obstacles thereto.

In addition to widespread consultation of national and regional organizations and experts, the Commission will soon be conducting a survey of teaching establishments and community organizations and, in some regions, interviews of partners to development projects involving adult education.

Release of the brief is scheduled for the year 2002.


Panorama • Volume 6, Number 2 • May 2001

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