TU, KU part of Unesco Chair programme

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Feb 27, 2017-

Researchers from two of Nepal’s universities will be part of a major new study programme aimed at helping improve understanding about how adult learning can address inequalities in the poorest communities of the world.

The programme will be launched on Monday at the University of East Anglia (UEA), the university said in a statement on Sunday. 

The university has been invited by Unesco to join its prestigious University Network and establish the first Unesco Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation.

“Led by Chairholder Anna Robinson-Pant, professor of education at UEA, the international collaboration with researchers in Nepal, Ethiopia and Egypt will focus in 

particular on women and young adults, investigating how or why adult literacy and learning programmes might better respond to processes of social transformation, 

including women’s empowerment,” the statement reads.

The programme aims to strengthen the interaction between formal, non-formal and informal learning in research, policy and programmes and will build directly on the expertise of the UEA Literacy and Development Group, which brings together researchers in education and international development from across the university.

The 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, CERID) and Egypt (Ain Shams University).

Prof Robinson-Pant recently visited Nepal to meet with colleagues at Kathmandu University, CERID, the Ministry of Education and key development agencies 

to discuss possible collaborative research projects around adult literacy and education and community learning.

“Adult education can become a force for change in the poorest communities of the world and this is a real opportunity to work closely with colleagues in Ethiopia, Egypt and Nepal who share that view,” Prof Robinson-Pant said in the UEA statement. 

Published: 27-02-2017 07:51

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