Mr. Traugott Schöfthaler (Germany)
Traugott Schöfthaler, Secretary-General
German Commission for UNESCO
Colmantstr. 15, 53115 Bonn, Germany
born 13 December 1949, Bachhausen, Germany; citizenship: German.
Studies of Theology, Philosophy, History, Sociology, Anthropology and Psychology, Universities Erlangen, Heidelberg, Berlin 1967-1974
Degrees: University Diploma Theology (Heidelberg 1972); University Diploma Sociology (Berlin 1974); PhD Sociology (Bremen 1984); PhD Thesis: Cultural Identities in World Society - Cognitive Development in Different Cultural Settings
1974 - 1984 Research Fellow Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education, Berlin, and Assistant Professor for Sociology of Education, Free University Berlin
1986 - 1989 Head of the Education Section and National Co-ordinator of UNESCO Associated Schools, German Commission for UNESCO, Bonn
1989 - 1993 Deputy Secretary-General, Press Spokesman and Secretary for Media Policies, German Commission for UNESCO, Bonn
Since 1993 Secretary-General, German Commission for UNESCO, Bonn
1979 - 1980 Field Staff of United Nations Institute for Namibia, Lusaka, Zambia
1984 - 1986 Visiting Fellow Intern. Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP), UNESCO, Paris
· Consultancies for United Nations, UNEP, UNICEF and UNESCO (1978-1986) in the fields of educational planning in developing countries, decentralization of educational systems, environmental education, equality of opportunities, with field experience in Kenya, Zambia, Madagascar, Namibia
· Member of German Delegations to the UNESCO General Conferences and Executive Board sessions and many other international conferences (since 1987),
· Representative of Germany in the Legal Committee of UNESCO, 1999 -
· Co-ordinator of the German experts and advisers for all UNESCO programmes; advisor for the German Government on educational and cultural programmes of the Council of Europe (2003- ).
· Member of more than 20 international expert groups established by international conferences; member/resource person, in a personal capacity, of international expert groups established by Presidents of the General Conference on reform issues (Krogh 1996-1997, Portella Committee 1998-1999, Omolewa Committee 2004-2005).
· European Representative at Regional Conferences of National Commissions of the Arab States region (Beirut 1998, Rabat 2002)
· Co-ordinator for the Europe Region of the Euro-Arab Task Force of National Commissions for UNESCO „Learning to Live Together“ (with UNESCO, the Council of Europe, the Arab League Cultural, Educational and Scientific Organisation and ISESCO) (2001-2003); member of the Task Force (2003- ).
· Member of the Steering Committee for the German-Israeli-Palestinian-Jordanian Interdisciplinary Research Programme on the Dead Sea (kick-off January 2004).
· Development of UNESCO-private sector partnerships through the German Commission for UNESCO (1993- ).
· Development of regional and inter-regional co-operation projects of UNESCO National Commissions in South-East Europe, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
· Implementation of a series of joint projects under the co-operation agreement between the German, Israeli and Palestinian National Commissions for UNESCO (signed 1996) and with the Friends of the Earth in the Middle East (umbrella association of Israeli, Palestinian and Jordanian environmental NGOs).
Publications: Book publications on cross-cultural research on cognitive development; co-operation between industrialized and developing countries in the field of education. 70 other publications in the fields of sociology, education, philosophy, cultural anthropology and multilateral co-operation in education, science and culture.
Recent foreign language articles include:
· „Education for World Citizenship“(in: „Moral Philosophy in Education: The Challenge of Human Difference“, Papers presented at the Hebrew University and Al-Quds University Conference 22-26 August 1999, ed. Spinoza Institute Jerusalem 2000, pp.201-208);
· „Global Culture versus Golden Cages. New Options for Cultural Policies“ (in: Challenges for Intern. Organizations in the 21st Century, London. Macmillan 2000, pp 227-239);
· „Interregional Strategy: Learning to Live Together“ (with Fatma Tarhouni), in: Prospects vol. xxxiii no.4 December 2003, pp.385-395.
Languages: Excellent English and French (working languages); good ability to read and understand Spanish.