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Adult education professor invited plenary speaker at major international UNESCO forum in South Korea

December 5th, 2017
Dr. Leona English

Dr. Leona English, a professor of adult education at StFX, recently returned from giving a plenary address at a UNESCO forum in Suwon, Korea. Attended by some 400 delegates from 98 countries, this UNESCO event monitored progress in adult education goals articulated at the last CONFINTEA (international adult education conference), convened by UNESCO in Brazil in 2009. 

Dr. English presented findings from the Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE III), which she worked on in 2015 at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in Hamburg, Germany. GRALE III represents progress in adult education goals in 139 UNESCO Member States, over a seven year period.  Attendees of the CONFINTEA Mid-Term Review were representatives of UN agencies, governments, UNESCO commissions, NGOs and ministries of education. As well as presenting GRALE III, Dr. English was a member of the writing team that drafted the outcome document from the conference, the Suwon Statement.

In 2016, Dr. English was made an honorary fellow of UIL, along with six international leaders in adult education. On that occasion, she was also part of a global Think Tank hosted by UIL to deliberate on Lifelong Learning and the Sustainable Development Goals, in light of the UN’s Agenda 2030. She is now editing a special issue of the UNESCO journal, International Review of Education, to profile the outcomes of the Think Tank. 

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