Mr Stanley Mutumba Simataa, President of the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO and Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology of the Republic of Namibia, will visit the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) in Hamburg on 15 April 2016.
Having recently taken up his position, the President would like to learn more about UIL’s work, meet staff and have discussions with the Mayor of Hamburg on UNESCO’s cooperation with the City of Hamburg, which is one of UIL’s most important partners.
The President’s visit comes at a crucial time for the world of adult education, as he and the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, recently signed the Recommendation on Adult Learning and Education (ALE). The Recommendation was enthusiastically adopted by Member States at the 38th session of the General Conference in Paris in November 2015. It sets out guiding principles for adult learning and education and provides recommendations for a comprehensive, inter-sectoral approach to its promotion and development worldwide.
UIL has played a leading role in advocating lifelong learning strategies in Member States since its establishment in 1952 as the UNESCO Institute for Education. UIL supports Member States in the field of lifelong learning with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education, paying special attention to UNESCO’s Global Priority Africa and Global Priority Gender Equality. It has one of the largest libraries in the world within its specialized field and produces the world’s longest-running journal of comparative education and lifelong learning, the International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE).