About UEA UNESCO Chair

The UNITWIN Networks and UNESCO Chairs Programme advances research, training and programme development across UNESCO’s work in education, science, culture, communication and information.

Currently made up of 830 UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN Networks in more than 110 countries, the UNESCO Chair programme aims to develop inter-university cooperation, collaboration and information sharing to address pressing challenges and contribute to the development of societies.

The UNESCO Chair in adult literacy and learning for social transformation was established in May 2016 at the University of East Anglia (UEA) with the invitation of UNESCO UK. After a successful first phase (2016 - 2020), the Chair (based in the UEA School of Education and Lifelong Learning and with the partner universities in 5 countries) has been renewed until April 2024.

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’sempowerment, the Chair programme sets out to strengthen the interaction between formal, non-formal and informal learning in research, policy and programmes.

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), Malawi (University of Malawi School of Education and the Centre of Language Studies), the Philippines (University of Santo Tomas) 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.

The UNESCO Chair is also developing new initiatives with key policy organisations in this field, including the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg, Germany. 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.

For more, please visit the website: https://unesco.org.uk/chairs/chair-in-adult-literacy-and-learning-for-social-transformation-at-university-of-east-anglia/