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International research workshop on teachers as lifelong learners: Policy and practice

When: Friday, June 14, 2024 - 23:59 - Friday, June 14, 2024 - 23:59
  • UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • Shanghai Normal University

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and Shanghai Normal University (SHNU) are hosting a research event entitled "International Research Workshop on Teachers as Lifelong Learners: Policy and Practice" from 12th to 14th June 2024 at Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai, China.

The workshop aims to bring together perspectives from policy, programs for teacher professional development, teacher-led initiatives, and research in the field of lifelong learning and teacher education, to take stock of the status quo, progress, trends, and innovation in this field. The workshop, over three days, aims to ideate and build consensus on the research objectives, methodology, and scope of this project and seeks to establish a robust framework.

Objectives of the workshop

  1. Identify, discuss some of the key concepts and defining features of lifelong learning of and for teachers to transform education systems into a lifelong learning one.
  2. Share and discuss a selected number of promising policies that integrate lifelong learning features in initial teacher training and continuing teacher professional development.
  3. Identify and discuss some of the examples of lifelong learning of teachers in practice and research.

Participants will include experts from academia, research institutions, national and regional governmental and non-governmental organizations, professional associations, and international organizations. 

Carlos Vargas, Chief of UNESCO's Section for Teacher Development and Head of the Teacher Task Force Secretariat, will contribute to a panel discussion on the global policy agenda on teachers and lifelong learning. He will speak on methods of transforming the teaching profession, drawing on the Recommendations of the High-level Panel (HLP) on the Teaching Profession and the 2024 Global Report on Teachers: Addressing teacher shortages and transforming the profession.

More information regarding the workshop programme will be posted here as it becomes available.


Lifelong learning has been a pivotal concept in educational policies since the release of the UNESCO Faure Report (1972) and Delors Report (1996). These reports have emphasized education as a continuously evolving process throughout life. Lifelong learning is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, particularly SDG 4, which promotes inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Teachers are fundamental to achieving these goals, requiring continuous professional development within a lifelong learning framework. The UIL and SHNU project, "Teachers as Lifelong Learners: International Research, Policy, and Practice on Lifelong Learning for Teacher Education (2023-2026)," aims to generate evidence on effective policies and practices for developing teachers as lifelong learners.

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