The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg will host a meeting of German parliamentarians in Berlin on Wednesday 5 June 2019 to inform them of UIL’s work and discuss the needs of adult learners, from basic education to global citizenship.
Ms Annette Tabbara, Plenipotentiary for Hamburg to the German Federal Government and European Union and for foreign affairs, and Mr Hartwig Lüdtke, Vice-President of the German Commission for UNESCO, will open the event, at which UIL will set out the main strands of its current work, including on literacy, learning cities, and adult education and learning.
German parliamentarians will take part in an interactive panel discussion that will highlight UIL’s actions at the international level and make members of the German Bundestag aware of the importance of the institute’s mission and mandate. Ms Anke Grotlüschen, Professor of Lifelong Learning, University of Hamburg, and Mr Walter Hirche, former Minister and Chair of the German Committee of Experts on Education, will also contribute to the discussion of UIL’s role and function.
UIL, the only United Nations organization with a specific mandate to promote lifelong learning, has been based in Hamburg, Germany, since it was founded in 1952.
UIL Director Mr David Atchoarena said: ‘This important meeting is an opportunity to promote lifelong learning on the policy agenda and to cement our already close relationship with our host country.
‘Germany has been extremely supportive of UIL and of lifelong learning, in general. There is, however, scope to do more, and, indeed, the challenges we face today – challenges to do with the rapid development of technology, changes in demography, economic inequality and the climate crisis – demand that we do. This meeting gives us a chance to discuss new partnerships and collaboration and to consider how we can foster new approaches to lifelong learning that make a real difference to people’s lives.’
The discussion will begin at 18.00 and will be held in the premises of the State Representation of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg at the Federal Government (Jägerstraße 1-3, 10117 Berlin).
To find out more about the event or to register to attend please contact UIL: Uil-DirectorOffice@unesco.org.