Global body honours Omolewa, six others
From Laolu Akande, New York
FOR the first time since its inception, the International Adult and Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame has chosen an African to join its Hall of Fame in the United States (U.S.) at the University of Oklahoma’s Centre for Continuing Education.
He is Nigerian Professor of Adult Education, Michael Omolewa, who has been picked as one of the “seven exemplary educators being recognised with one of the most coveted awards in the adult and continuing education field: Induction into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.”
According to a statement released by the organisers of the awards, Omolewa, the current Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), was elected a few years ago as the President of the UNESCO yearly General Conference in Paris, France, headquarters of the world body.
While conveying news of Omolewa’s selection, Dr. Ed Boone, chair of the IACE Hall of Fame, said “the Board of Directors is proud to have you join those who have already been inducted.”
A special induction for the 2008 awardees will hold on September 8, at the University of Oklahoma.
A second induction would also be held later in the year in Europe, specifically in Budapest, Hungary, in conjunction with a major UNESCO conference holding from December 3 to 5.
Since the first awards in 1996, more than 200 educators have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those to be honored alongside Omolewa include Hazel Benn, post-humous, Colonel and creator of the voluntary education programme in the U.S. Marine Corps, Paulo Freire, posthumous, Brazilian philosopher, social activist and adult educator, Paula Harbecke, vice president for Academic Affairs, Regis College, Richard Liles, professor emeritus, North Carolina State University, Mortimer Neufville, executive vice president of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges and Thomas Sork, professor of educational studies, University of British Columbia in Canada.
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