Chief Programme Coordinator of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
Margarete Sachs-Israel is an educationist and has long-standing knowledge and international experience in basic education and youth and adult literacy as well as in educational planning. She holds two postgraduate degrees in psychology from University Paris VII and University Paris V as well as a Bachelor of Liberal Arts, majoring in education from New York State University.
Margarete has been working for UNESCO since January 1989 in the areas of family, health and nutrition education; educational architecture; literacy and non-formal education; non-formal education policy, planning and management; foresight and research; and Education For All. Her work has included various management positions at UNESCO, including Head of the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) Coordination Unit from 2006 to 2009 and Team Leader of the Education Research and Foresight Programme at UNESCO Bangkok from 2011 to 2013. She was the focal point for the development of the Education 2030 Agenda and the Education 2030 Framework for Action in the Education for All (EFA) Global Partnerships Team at UNESCO Paris from 2013 to 2015 and was responsible for the Section’s work on global SDG4-Education 2030 coordination, review and reporting from 2016 to 2017.
Margarete joined the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in July 2017 as Chief Programme Coordinator, a position in which she will manage and provide intellectual leadership and guidance to the Institute’s teams in policy development, research and training, capacity building and networking in the field of lifelong learning, with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.