Catalogue description Records of the World Education Fellowship

This record is held by London University: Institute of Education

Details of DC/WEF
Reference: DC/WEF
Title: Records of the World Education Fellowship

The collection inlcudes records of the Fellowship's central administration, including officers' correspondence, constitutional papers, minutes and committee papers, 1929-1970s; files relating to individual regional sections worldwide, 1930s-1970s; records of international conferences, 1921-1972; files concerning special projects, 1942-1968 and relations with UNESCO, 1948-1973; audio-tapes, including of conferences and personal reminiscences, 1959-1971; publications, pamphlets, and newsletters, including the journal The New Era. Also included are the records of the English New Education Fellowship, c.1940s-1980s, including minutes, correspondence, administrative and subject files and publications and minutes of the Home and School Council of Great Britain, 1929-1950s.

Held by: London University: Institute of Education, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

World Education Fellowship, 1966-

New Education Fellowship, 1921-1966

Physical description: 120 boxes
  • Educational reform
  • International education
Administrative / biographical background:

The World Education Fellowship was founded in 1921 as the New Education Fellowship by a small group of progressive educationists and liberal thinkers, including Beatrice Ensor, who were heavily involved with the British Theosophical Society and the Theosophical Educational Trust. The organisation grew into a national and then international organisation, with an international head-quarters in London and local sections in many countries worldwide. It was re-named the World Education Fellowship in 1966. Although the Fellowship has embraced a wide range of individual philosophies, the central focus has been on child-centred education, social reform through education, democracy, world citizenship, international understanding and the promulation of world peace. Many famous thinkers and educationists have been involved with the Fellowship and it has forged close links with academic institutions, including the Institute of Education, University of London, and with international organisations, especially UNESCO. An English Section of the Fellowship was founded in 1927 and has included amongst its prominent members, Sir Michael Sadler, Sir Percy Nunn, Sir Fred Clarke, R.H. Tawney and J.A. Lauwerys. The English Section was also instrumental in the establishment of the Home and School Council and the English Association of New Schools.

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