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The role of international organisation in education and development

3 December 2015

Hosted by the Comparative and International Education (CoInEd) Research Network.

The global challenge of providing quality equitable education demands international cooperation that has clear and agreed goals, targets, roles, strategies and monitoring systems. This seminar by former Deputy Director General for Education at UNESCO Professor Colin Power AM outlines the role played by international organisations in defining and reaching agreements, as well as in developing cooperative programs aimed at achieving internationally agreed goals, including "Education for All", the millenium development goals and the post-2015 development agenda.

Professor Power will summarise the progress made, shortcomings, roles played and obstacles to be faced in tackling the problem of ensuring all have access to quality education throughout life. He will also highlight the reforms needed to ensure international organisations play the role expected of them in tackling challenges in education in Australia and elsewhere, ranging from inequality and marginalisation, extremism, violence and climate change, to the internationalisation of higher education and the funding of education systems.

The issues examined in this talk are covered in detail in Professor Power's book The Power of Education: Education for All, Development, Globalisation and UNESCO, (2015), springer.com.

Event details

  • When: 1–2pm

  • Where: Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
    Education Building A35
    Click image for interactive map.

  • Cost: Free

  • RSVP: RSVP by emailing Dr Nicole Mockler.

  • Contact: Dr Alex McCormick
    T: +61 2 9351 6215
    E: alexandra.mccormick@sydney.edu.au

  • Speaker: Professor Colin N Power AM began his career as a science educator and a research officer with the Queensland Ministry of Education, before assuming senior academic posts at University of Queensland and Flinders University. He served as Deputy Director-General and Assistant Director-General for Education in UNESCO from 1989 to 2000. In those roles, he was responsible for the overall policy and management of the education program of UNESCO, playing an organising role in all of its major initiatives, such as "Education for All"; the International Commission on Education for 21st Century; and international cooperation in education policy, research and practice. Through these activities, UNESCO was directly contributing to the UN’s struggle to alleviate poverty, defend human rights, protect World Heritage sites, and promote education for sustainable development and a culture of peace. Professor Power has received many honours and awards in recognition of his contributions to education and development. These include the Order of Australia; University of Queensland Alumnus of the Year 2002; and Emeritus Professor (Flinders University). Currently he is Adjunct Professor at University of Queensland, Chair of the Commonwealth Consortium for Education and Chair of the Eidos Institute. He is author or co-author of 13 books and more than 250 published works, the most recent being The Power of Education: Education for All, Development, Globalisation and UNESCO, published in 2015 by springer.com. Colin Power describes himself as a passionate advocate of the right of all to quality education throughout life, the type of education that simultaneously enhances the quality of life for both individuals and the wider society.

The role of international organisation in education and development

Where Room 612, Education Building A35, Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Education Building A35
Click image for interactive map.

When

3 December 2015


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