Course Info

The Basic Leadership Development Course, or the BLDC, is a 6-day residential course for participants from all over the Asia South Pacific and Central Asia. It brings together ASPBAE's members from diverse cultural backgrounds and offers participatory and interactive methods to enhance learning practices and build leaders in the field of adult education and lifelong learning.


What the Course Offers

The Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) Leadership Development Programme is premised on ASPBAE’s commitment to the promotion of education for all and life long learning. It is part of ASPBAE’s long-term multi-level strategy to build and expand the “leadership corps” in the region, committed to advancing the right of all to learn, and to promoting the learning needs and interests especially of the most marginal groups.

Specifically, the Programme aims to contribute towards:

  • Improving the effectiveness and capability of ASPBAE and the education movement in the region.
  • Further strengthening the adult education network.
  • Ensuring leadership succession within ASPBAE.




The main objectives of ASPBAE’s Basic Leadership Development Course are to:

  • Develop a holistic perspective on transformative adult education
  • Enhance skills and attitudes on processes that support transformative adult education
  • Provide opportunities for the sharing of adult learning experiences
  • Facilitate structured reflection towards developing a basic understanding of adult learning principles and practices that are transformative, gender sensitive, rights-based and contribute to sustainable development
  • Gain a better understanding of, and develop a commitment to ASPBAE
  • Develop a critical understanding of the contexts in Asia Pacific that impact on adult learning
  • Contribute to developing a ‘talent bank’ for the leadership in ASPBAE, its membership, and the adult education movement in the Asia Pacific

All ASPBAE member organizations are invited to nominate potential participants.




Nguyen Thi Kim Anh is an ASPBAE Executive Council member representing Southeast Asia. She has an International Master's Degree in Development Studies from Geneva, Switzerland, and has been in the development sector for 17 years.

She is currently the National Coordinator of VAEFA - Vietnam Association for Education For All. She has been working since 2000 with NGOs, namely Vietnam Children's Fund, and the OXFAM QUEBEC Anti-human trafficking programme in the Greater Mekong sub-region (AHT programme)


Peter-Clinton Isaac Foaeseis an ASPBAE Executive Council member representing the South Pacific. He has extensive knowledge and trainings in adult and community education and development, governance, youth development, and human rights.

He has a Diploma and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Youth Development and has been working in mental health, community development, youth development, and environmental sustainability for the past 10 years. He is currently working for the New Zealand Office of the Children's Commissioner and is a member of the Adult and Community Education (ACE) Aotearoa Network.




  • Gender and geographic balance, to the extent possible, with the nominations finally received.
  • Priority to nominations from ASPBAE member organizations.
  • Special consideration to those who are expected to play leadership roles in their own organizations.



BLDC Flyer

BLDC Flyer

In keeping with ASPBAE's commitment to participatory learning, the course is designed to build on the experiences of participants and to be attentive to their learning needs and priorities.

BLDC Manual

BLDC Manual

ASPBAE offers this BLDC Manual as a resource to a diverse group of individuals, communities and organisations engaged in strengthening and enhancing adult education in the Asia and South Pacific region.

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