New book “Learning as Development: Rethinking International Education in a Changing World” by Daniel A. Wagner

Dr. Daniel A. Wagner, UNESCO Chair in Learning and Literacy and Professor of Education at the University of Pennsylvania, has recently published his new book  “Learning as Development: Rethinking International Education in a Changing World”.

“Learning as Development” is an attempt to rethink international education in a changing world. In his book, Dr. Wagner claims that disparities in learning access and outcomes around the world have deep consequences for income, social mobility, health, and well-being. For international development practitioners faced with today's unprecedented environmental and geopolitical pressures, learning should be viewed as a touchstone and target for those seeking to truly effect global change. This book traces the path of international development work and lays out a new agenda for policymakers, researchers, and practitioners, from early education through adulthood.

Ms Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO, wrote in the Foreword: “This book greatly advances our knowledge and understanding of how to improve learning for all, such as the poor, girls and women, indigenous populations, migrants and those impacted by climate change. It is especially welcomed as the world moves towards implementing the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.”

Dr. Daniel A. Wagner is Director of the International Literacy Institute (co-founded by UNESCO and the University of Pennsylvania), Founding Director of the National Center on Adult Literacy, and Director of Penn GSE’s International Educational Development Program. He has been cooperating with UNESCO IITE as invited expert and keynote speaker at different events. Dr. Wagner has extensive experience in national and international educational issues, and has been an international development advisor to UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, USAID, DFID, and others. He is the author of numerous books and articles on learning, literacy, cross-cultural research and methodologies, and is a frequent speaker at major national and international conferences across the world.

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