Papers of Peter Williams

Scope and Content

Material relating to the work of Peter Williams in the area of international education, comprising -

Friends of UNESCO/UK National Commission for UNESCO

Papers relating to the Health Unlimited Executive Committee (Commonwealth Secretariat); school location materials; and personal back to office reports

Teaching materials from the EDC Department at the IOE and the Institute for Development Studies

Faure Report papers (International Commission on the Development of Education at UNESCO)

International Council for Educational Development papers

Commonwealth Consortium for Education papers

UKFIET (UK Forum for International Education and Training) papers

BATROE papers

Papers relating to international consultancies and Education Commissions in Africa, mainly correspondence and final reports

Conference papers

Material relating to Selly Oak

Various mixed archives


'Universal Primary Education: a report of a Workshop organised by the Department of Education in Developing Countries' (ed) R L Smith, Feb 1979 (photocopy)

'Universities, National Development and Education: a report of a workshop organised by the DEDC, Feb 1980' (ed) Jon Lauglo

DICE Occasional papers, March 1988

'The Utilitarian University, the Centre of Academic Learning and Developing Countries' by Jon Lauglo (The Oslo Seminar Programme on Education in Developing Countries, 24-26 September 1981.


Papers from a seminar on the 1980 World Bank Education Policy Paper, June 5-6 1980.


Papers showing UKIE's engagement with Keep Britain in UNESCO campaign, 1980s.

File: International Council for Educational Development (ICED) 1990s

File: UKFIET (United Kingdom Forum on International Education and Training) 1990s

File: International Commission for the Development of Education: Mission to East Africa - Briefing Document for Kenya, 1970-1971

Administrative / Biographical History

Peter Williams is an educational planner, particularly interested in policy, planning, management and financing of African education systems and international (especially Commonwealth) educational co-operation and student mobility.

He was the Founding Secretary (now Hon President) of the Commonwealth Consortium for Education, is a long-time member of the Council for Education in the Commonwealth’s Executive (presently Secretary of CEC’s Support Group for the Commonwealth Scholarship Plan) and a founder member of UKFIET.

He has held the following posts-

Planning Adviser Kenya, Ghana Ministries of Education 1966-72

Lecturer/Professor of Education in Developing Countries, Institute of Education in London 1973-84

Director of Education, Commonwealth Secretariat, 1984-94.

In addition to undertaking many consultancies and serving on national education commissions in Botswana, Namibia, The Gambia and Zimbabwe.

(Source BAICE website)

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