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André Lestage

DesignationIBE Acting Director
IBE Acting Director 1974-1975

In 1951 Andre Lestage began his career at UNESCO as an adult education officer and wrote prodigiously on lifelong education and adult education. In fact, the term “lifelong education” or “permanent education” in Latin languages (French and Spanish) is a term coined by Lestage in an early UNESCO book by that name.

In 1967 Mr. Lestage became the Division Chief in UNESCO's Education Department. He played a decisive role, especially during a series of missions for the creation of training schools or teacher training centres, mainly in Africa, in accordance with the development plan for primary education adopted in Addis Ababa. In 1974 he was appointed as IBE Acting Director.