Published Date: 2019-11-06, Wednesday

Learning can be seen as an informal, everyday phenomenon; as a formal, systematized process; or (lying somewhere in the middle of an informal-formal spectrum) as a more flexibly planned and organised ‘non-formal’ activity. Everyday learning can be conscious or subconscious, planned or unplanned, whereas formal learning is more planned, formalized and systematic. Studies of diverse contexts highlight the dynamics of everyday learning and its importance to various communities, which is often overlooked in research focusing on the formal sector. This is perhaps especially true in societies, such as those of South Asia, where access to institutions of formal education remains highly problematic for many. But the significance of informal learning is generally under-appreciated in mainstream educational scholarship. Realizing the potential for life-long learning everywhere depends on understanding how informal learning complements and shapes learning in more formal settings. Comparative perspectives are crucial to an analysis of how different forms of learning interact in different social and cultural contexts, and therefore to efforts to render education more relevant and accessible to various social groups. As a forum for exchanging comparative insights (particularly, but not only, in relation to Asia), the 12th Biennial CESA Conference will contribute to bridging the gulf between studies of formal and informal learning. The conference theme is:

Valuing Diversity in Education: Formal and Informal Learning Across Cultures

While keynote and plenary sessions will directly address the overall conference theme, the sub-themes (around which parallel sessions will be organised) are framed quite broadly in order to accommodate a wide range of presentations.

  • What is learning, and what is it for? – Ethical frameworks for debating learning/education.
  • Historical perspectives on learning across Asia
  • Curriculum development and the ‘skills’ debate – standardization vs. diversity
  • Assessment and accreditation of learning across the formal-informal divide
  • Planning, governance and finance of learning systems (formal and informal)
  • Confronting inequalities in access to learning
  • ‘21st Century Skills’: learning, technology and ‘new media’
  • Learning to belong – identity formation, political socialization and values
  • Learning for diverse societies
  • Learning for sustainable development – the challenge of SDG 4.7
  • Learning and the market – shadow education, privatization and related issues
  • Lifelong learning and learning in the workplace

In addition to keynotes, plenaries and parallel sessions, the conference will feature poster presentations, panel discussions and a pre-conference writing workshop.

If you are interested in presenting, please fill out the “Presenter’s Proposal Form” below giving details of your presentation(s) and send it to CESA2020@kusoed.edu.np by January 31 2020.


For further details, please contact:

CESA 2020 Conference Secretariat, GPO BOX NO 6250, Kathmandu, Nepal

Phone: +977-1– 5250524 Email:  CESA2020@kusoed.edu.np

Important dates

Aug 1, 2019                             Call for submission open

Jan 31, 2020                            Deadline for proposal submission

May 30, 2020                          Acceptance notification

Jun 30, 2020                            Conference Registration

Sep 24-25, 2020                      Pre-Conference Workshop

Sept 25, 2020                          CESA Board Meeting

Sept 26-27, 2020                     Conference sessions

Sept 28, 2020                          Sightseeing

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Last Updated Date: 2019-12-12,Thursday
Published By: School of Education