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The Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of  The University of Abomey-Calavi in Bénin

With the Support of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and the University of Glasgow Centre for Research & Development in Adult & Lifelong Learning (CR&DALL)

Invites You to her


One hundred years ago, a new academic discipline was born to the world when the first Department of Adult Education was established in the United Kingdom in 1920 (Peters, Jarvis & Associates, 1991). This first Department was birthed by a combination of factors including the influences of the 18th century industrial revolution and the 1919 British report on adult education.

Beyond the influences exerted by the industrial revolution and the massive break through made possible by the 1919 report on adult education in the domain of educational reforms (Gosh etal., 2019), followed by the equally important contributions of Lindeman (1926) and Yeaxlee (1929), the adult education community which in the last half century has gradually coalesced into lifelong learning community has broken itself into philosophical clusters. Some of the scholars and indeed practitioners in this field have since come to be known as liberal, others as existentialist, yet others are referred to as humanist or radical or in fact Afro-centric.

In the last half century (1972-2020), whereas philosophers addressed the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of lifelong learning, a concomitant development regarding the specific relation existing between lifelong learning and adult education and the practical and utilitarian nature of lifelong learning have equally become topical issues. Investigations into the utilitarian aspects of lifelong learning have particularly become robust and aggressive in recent times through the innovative discussions of such constructs as ‘learning cities’, ‘smart cities’, ‘Eco-cities’ and ‘sustainable cities’.

As if the afore mentioned do not constitute enough interest in lifelong learning, questions are now asked about the nature of postgraduate studies that may be beneficial for developing countries within the realm of lifelong learning. Specifically, it has been asked whether developing societies would not derive greater benefits from applied research (e.g. transdisciplinary sustainability research designed postgraduate studies) that compel recommendations for lifelong learning than from basic postgraduate research. Amidst all these goings-on within the world of lifelong learning, there has recently arisen an apprehension in some African universities as to whether an academic award going by the nomenclature Bachelor degree in Lifelong learning instead of Bachelor degree in Adult Education can be made.

It is against this background rich in innovations and pluralism that the 2021 International Bilingual Conference on Lifelong Learning is organised whose general objective is to stimulate enlightened discussions around the state of the art and future of lifelong learning.

Gosh, S. et al. (2019). The centenary commission on adult education: Adult education and lifelong learning   for 21st century Britain. London: UK Government.

Lindeman, E. C. (1926). The meaning of Adult Education. New York: New Republic.

Peters, J. M., Jarvis, P. & Associates (1991) (eds.). Adult education: Evolution and achievements          in a developing field of study. San Francisco: AAACE

Yeaxlee, B. A. (1929). Lifelong education: A sketch of the range and significance of the adult education movement. London: Cassell.

This international bilingual conference seeks to:

  • Attract experts capable of throwing light on any one or many of the themes described within the conference tracks below.

  • Create an environment within which international agencies would signify the types and nature of support that they would like to bring to the establishment of the forthcoming Department of Lifelong Learning within the l’Université d’Abomey Calavi.

  • Uncover best practices in training the trainers’ techniques in the twenty-first century.

  • Discuss strategies and methods by which all university disciplines would serve the public through the instrumentality of lifelong learning.

The contributions so generated shall be kept on the website of the Université d’Abomey Calavi, Benin as reference source and for further deliberations.

It is therefore expected that this conference will


  • Bring to Cotonou in June 2021, numerous experts and other persons that are currently involved in the promotion of lifelong learning across the world.


  • Serve as a forum for obtaining the strongest testimonies of support towards the establishment of the forthcoming Department of Lifelong Learning, in addition to earlier announcements of support.


  • Uncover best practices in training the trainers’ techniques in the twenty-first century.


  • Discuss strategies and methods by which all university disciplines would serve the public through the instrumentality of lifelong learning.


Paper, poster and/or video presentations are hereby invited from scholars, researchers, practitioners, national and international agencies, non-governmental organisations and students for the purpose of actualizing the three-day 2021 International Conference on Lifelong learning. Additionally, persons that do not intend to make paper, poster and/or video presentations but are interested in attending the conference are welcome as observers and/or for the purpose of making contributions to debates.    

Theme: LIFELONG LEARNING: The State of the Art

  • Full Papers, Posters and Videos  should be submitted ELECTRONICALLY between June 2020 and February, 2021 through E-MAIL: atlv@uac.bj.
  • DEADLINE FOR LAST SUBMISSION: Wednesday 31st March, 2021.
  • Format of conference paper:
    • All presentations must be produced either in English or in French.
    • All paper presentations must have an Abstract and five(5) keywords
    • They must use font size 11 of Times New Roman font type
    • They must use APA Referencing style(visit https://pitt.libguides.com/citationhelp/APA).
    • Footnotes may be used where necessary.
    • In a general sense, any of the paper presentations may be conceptual, theoretical or empirical in orientation.
    • It is expected that all submissions would have been thoroughly proofread by authors before submission as only minimal editing would be done for the purpose of producing the Conference Proceedings.

Conference Dates:

Arrival: Tuesday 1st June, 2021

  • Conference Day One: Wednesday 2nd June, 2021
  • Conference Day Two: Thursday 3rd  June, 2021—Visit to tourist sites & Gala Night
  • Conference Day Three: Friday 4th June, 2021

Departure: Saturday 5th June, 2021


The conference is to run on nine (9) or more tracks. Conference attendees may explore themes that are relevant to the conference but are not tracked down in the track list.

Track 1: Scientific determinants of an academic discipline

Track sub-themes:

  • The origin of ‘academic discipline’
  • Determinants of academic discipline

Track 2: Origins of lifelong learning

Track sub-themes:

  • Historical tracks of lifelong learning
  • Drivers of lifelong learning
  • Lifelong learning in developed societies
  • Lifelong learning in developing societies

Track 3: Philosophies of lifelong learning

Track sub-themes:

  • Humanism
  • Liberalism
  • Radicalism
  • Existentialism
  • Afro-centrism
  • Others

Track 4: Theories of Lifelong learning

Track sub-themes:

  • Cognitivism
  • Constructivism
  • Reflexivity
  • Learning economy

Track 5: Lifelong learning spaces

Track sub-themes:

  • Learning cities
  • Smart cities
  • Cities of the future
  • Green cities
  • Eco-Well cities
  • Lifelong learning & rural spaces

Track 6: Open & Distance Learning

Track sub-themes:

  • Meaning of Open & Distance Learning
  • Open & Distance Learning in times of emergency
  • Open & Distance Learning in the developed world
  • Open & Distance Learning in the developing world


Track 7: Development of Lifelong learning Policies

Track sub-themes:

  • What is a policy?
  • Development process of national policy of lifelong learning
  • Development process of global policy of lifelong learning

Track 8: Lifelong learning, town planning & livelihood creation

Track sub-themes:

  • Lifelong learning & town planning
  • Lifelong learning & regional planning
  • Lifelong learning & livelihoods creation in developed societies
  • Lifelong learning & livelihoods creation in developing societies

Track 9: Postgraduate studies in Lifelong learning

Track sub-themes:

  • Basic Versus Applied research
  • Transdisciplinary sustainability research
  • Feminism and lifelong learning
  • Lifelong learning and ecology
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The conference shall hold at the prestigious Golden Tulipe-Hôtel Le Diplomate located within the Zone of Embassies on the way to the International Airport in Cotonou. Cotonou is a coastal Commercial Capital City of Benin with a number of great hotels built along her beautiful sea beaches. It counts a little less than one million inhabitants and it is currently experiencing an unprecedented road and other infrastructural renewal. It is a city with very negligible crime rate and with a generally affordable cost of living for an average earner.


CONFERENCE FEES (Without fees for visit to tourist sites)

  • Early bird Registration fee [on or before Monday 30th November, 2020]: Non-Africans–US$200.00 or Africans—US$100
  • Late Registration [after 30th November, 2020] Non-Africans– US$250.00  or Africans—US$150
  • Students (fee does not include a copy of the conference proceedings) $50.00
  • Students will be requested to produce identity of studentship during registration.

Fees for Visit to Tourist Sites

All persons desirous of visiting tourist sites are expected to add US$15 to their conference fees.

The conference fee includes the following:

  • Registration
  • Morning and afternoon refreshments and the gala dinner.
  • Conference materials and a USB containing the conference proceedings

Remittance of Conference Fee and fee for visit to tourist sites must be made into:



Bank Account: 006234410008


IBAN: BJ66 BJ06 1010 3300 6234 4100 0810

Professor Odile DOSSOU GUEDEGBE :- Chairpersonviliho2004@yahoo.fr


Professor Gabriel  BOKO        

Professor Paulin HOUNSOUNON-TOLIN    

Professor Dodji Hippolyte AMOUZOUVI                

Professor  Adolphe KPATCHAVI                 

Professor Patrick  HOUESSOU         

Dr. Sylvie V.de CHACUS      

Dr. Nassirou BAKO ARIFARI                      

Dr. Sidonie      HEDIBLE         

Dr. A. Roch HOUNGNIHIN A.                    

Dr. Monique OUASSA KOUARO                

Dr. Abou-Bakari IMOROU               

Dr. Eustache Roger Koffi ADANHOUNME             

Dr. Vincent AYENA              

Dr. Gervais KISSEZOUNON             

Dr. Ariane SEGLA DJOSSOU                       

Dr. Charles Lambert BABADJIDE                

Dr. NAPPORN            Clarisse          

Dr. Serge Armel ATTENOUKON                 

Dr. Florentine OUEDENOU 

Dr. Désiré MEDEGNON                   

Dr. Euloge Franck AKODJETIN       

Dr. Raymond ASSOGBA                  

Dr. Victorin Vidjannagni GBENOU              



Coordinator: Professor BIAO IDOWU– idowubiao2014@gmail.com-   (+229) 61322834

Ressource  Persons

Professor KOUTINHOUIN Benoît, Director, University Quality Assurance

Professor OREKAN Vincent, In Charge of Exchanges in FASHS and Manager, FASHS Website

Mr. OYETOLA Victor, Manager, University Website

Dr. David GNAHOUI Emmanuel Lifelong learning Specialist

Dr. MONTCHO Bruno, In charge of communication

Mr. HOUNDJI Friard, FASHS Secretary General

Mr. BOGNANHO Aurel,  FASHS Accountant

While awaiting a more comlete list of hotels in Cotonou, do find below some information.concerning accommodation



Nom de l’hôtel

Tel. No.

Distance du lieu de Conférence

Standard (Double bed)


Junior Suite

Golden Suite 2/3

Golden Suite 3/3


Golden Tulipe


Lieu de la Conférence







Hôtel Sympa


18 kilometres







Le Cristal Hôtel


22 Kilometres
















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