Celebrating 60 Years of UNESCO in Hamburg
On 24/25 May 2012, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding and presence in the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany. Renowned guests as well as the public are invited to take part in the festivities.
Founded as the “UNESCO Institute for Education” (UIE) in 1952 in the context of UNESCO’s commitment in Germany after World War II, as a vehicle to promote human rights and international understanding in the post-war era, UIL was the only UN institution in Germany until 1994 and a vital place for cooperation between East and West during the years of the Cold War.
Reflecting its long-standing focus on adult education learning as well as out-of-school and non-formal education within a lifelong learning perspective, the Institute was given its present name “UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning” in 2006. The activities of UIL, as a non-profit, policy-driven, international research, training, information, documentation and publishing centre of UNESCO, are geared towards promoting lifelong learning policy and practice, with a focus on continuing education, literacy and non-formal education. Examples of UIL key results and impact are through the Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE), the Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), and the planned UNESCO Global Learning Cities Network (GLCN), among others. UIL furthermore publishes the longest-running international journal of comparative education, the International Review of Education.
The anniversary celebration on 24 and 25 May will highlight the Institute’s impact on education policy and programmes throughout the 60 years of its work.
The festivities will be opened by an official reception by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Germany, on 24 May. Ms. Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, will be a Special Guest at a reception, the protocolary highlight of the anniversary events, followed by an international press conference.
The wider public is also invited to take part in the anniversary celebrations through two public events in cooperation with the University of Hamburg. The first will be a public lecture addressing the issue of “Responding to Global Challenges through Lifelong Learning” on 24 may (online broadcast available at http://lecture2go.uni-hamburg.de/live). The following day, an international expert seminar will address “The Role of Universities in Promoting Lifelong Learning”.
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, uil(at)unesco.org,
tel. 0049 (0)40 4480 410.
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