Purpose/Objectives of the Chair/UNITWIN Network
The UNESCO Chair in Education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy was established at the University of Ulster in 1999.
The UNESCO Chair in Education for Pluralism, Human Rights and Democracy was established at Ulster University in 1999. To support and build on the work of the Chair, the UNESCO Centre was founded in 2001, and was officially opened by the then UNESCO Director-General, Koïchiro Matsuura.
In Northern Ireland, the Centre’s work has focused on community relations, integrated education, and the development of social, civic and political education in the Northern Ireland curriculum.
Internationally, the Centre has focused its research on the relationship between international development, education, conflict and peacebuilding, working with many international agencies and governmental bodies.
To date, the Centre has completed over 40 research and development projects and secured more than £7 million funding. The Centre’s funders have included: the British Council; the Department of Education for Northern Ireland; Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum (CCEA); Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission; the International Fund for Ireland; the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); European Union; Gordon Cook Foundation; Ministry of Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina; Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka; the Nuffield Foundation; Citizenship Foundation; UK Department for International Development (DFID); UNESCO; UNICEF and The World Bank.
Chairholder/Coodinator: Professor Alan Smith
Address: School of Education, Ulster University, Coleraine Campus, Cromore Road, Coleraine, BT52 1SA, Northern Ireland
Tel: +44 (0)28 703 23 02
Professor Alan Smith is Chairholder of the UNESCO Chair at Ulster University, an Advisory Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and visiting fellow to the University of Amsterdam.
His work includes research on education, conflict and peacebuilding, young people’s understanding of human rights and the development of social, civic and political education. He was a UK representative to the Council of Europe and a British Council visiting Fellow to Nigeria and Indonesia.
He was a contributing author and adviser to the EFA Global Monitoring Report (2011) and a technical advisor to the UNICEF Peacebuilding, Education and Advocacy programme, a €150m initiative funded by the Government of the Netherlands involving 14 conflict affected countries over a four-year period (2012-15).