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UNESCO Chair in adult literacy and learning for social transformation

UNESCO Chair in adult literacy and learning for social transformation

The University of East Anglia has been invited by UNESCO to join its prestigious universities network and established the first UNESCO Chair in adult literacy and learning for social transformation in May 2016. See the following link for more details:http://www.unesco.org.uk/unesco-chair-in-adult-literacy-and-learning-for-social-transformation-university-of-east-anglia-2016/

This UNESCO Chair programme aims to develop understanding about how adult learning – particularly for women and young adults - can help address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world. Through investigating how or why adult literacy might facilitate or respond to processes of social transformation, including women’s empowerment, the Chair programme sets out to strengthen the interaction between formal, non-formal and informal learning in research, policy and programmes. The programme builds directly on the expertise of the UEA Literacy and Development Group, which brings together researchers in education and international development from across the University of East Anglia (see: https://www.uea.ac.uk/education/research/areas/literacy-and-development). Professor of Education, Anna Robinson-Pant, has been appointed as the UNESCO Chairholder.

This UNESCO Chair programme is a partnership with university departments specialising in adult literacy and community learning in Ethiopia (Bahir Dar University), Nepal (Kathmandu University and Tribhuvan University Research Center for Educational Innovation and Development) and Egypt (Ain Shams University). We are working together to strengthen qualitative research capacity in the field of adult literacy, learning and social transformation through collaborative research and curriculum development activities. A partnership with the Centre for Language Studies, University of Malawi, is currently being developed which will involve collaborative research and training activities in the area of literacy, gender and health. The UNESCO Chair is also developing new initiatives with key policy organisations in this field, including the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg. Supporting a rights-based holistic approach to adult learning as the basis for active citizenship and improved livelihoods, we aim to promote greater interaction between research and policy in areas such as vocational skill development, health, agriculture and adult literacy learning.


UNESCO Chair in Nepal Flyer 

UNESCO Chair in Ethiopia Flyer

UNESCO Chair in Egypt Flyer