Launched in 2014, the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development supports a program of research, outreach, teaching, and mentoring of a new generation of educators, working on education for global citizenship and social equity and inclusion. The Chair is housed within GSEHD’s International Education Program and contributes directly to UNESCO's mission on education by supporting priorities in achieving equitable access to quality education for all.
The GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development is one of three designated UNESCO Chair in a US school of education under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Program, which promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work. The program establishes UNESCO Chairs in higher education and research institutions around the world to invest in research related to UNESCO’s fields of competence – education, the natural and social sciences, culture, and communication. Today, the Program involves over 812 institutions in 128 countries, covering 70 disciplines. There are only 21 UNESCO Chairs in the United States.
The primary activities associated with the Chair include annual seminars; the GW UNESCO Fellows program, teaching of the UNESCO: Agenda in the 21st Century graduate seminar, and other graduate courses aligned with the Chair's themes; outreach; and research projects focused on Chair themes.
James H. Williams, Ed.D., Chair
Laura C. Engel, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Bernhard T. Streitwieser, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Tess Cannon, Program Coordinator, Partnerships and International Relations (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Nenelwa Tomi, Program Assistant, International Education Program (email@example.com)
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GW’s UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development recently published UNESCO's Origins, Achievements, Problems and Promise: An Inside/Outside Perspective from the US by Raymond Wanner in collaboration with Mark Bray of the Comparative Education Research Centre (CERC) and the UNESCO Chair in Comparative Education at the University of Hong Kong. GSEHD faculty from the International Education Program wrote the foreword of this unique volume, released on the 70th anniversary of the founding of UNESCO. Told from the viewpoint of a sympathetic yet critical insider from the U.S., the book tells the story of UNESCO's role in preserving and advancing the best of humanity’s achievements in education, science, and culture. Offering a glimse into the inner workings of an important international organization, the book takes a close look at the relationship and history between the United States and UNESCO. Featured topics include the perspectives of scientists, scholars, and preservationists that have played a part in UNESCO's efforts to improve international cooperation in education, the sciences and cultural domains.
Chair Supported Research
Refugees & Immigration
GW UNESCO Fellows Marie Louise Balolou and Katherine Tek had the honor of meeting UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova during her visit to the UNESCO field office in Dakar, Senegal.
On November 2nd GW's UNESCO Chair in Education for Development celebrated the launch of Dr. Raymond Wanner's book, "UNESCO’s Origins, Achievements, Problems and Promise: An Inside/Outside Perspective from the U.S."
Housed in the GW UNESCO Chair in International Education for Development is the GW UNESCO Fellows Program. Each cohort is made up of 4-6 current graduate students who participate in a 3-month internships at a UNESCO field office, gaining valuable experience in international development and non-profit management.
Each academic internship includes:
More information? Please email Tess Cannon.
Elizabeth has also been selected as our Barker Fellow, generously funded by the Barker (IEP alumna) Family.