Emeritus Professor Lalage Bown, OBE

Emerita Professor Lalage Bown OBE died on December 17th, 2021, aged 94, after a fall at her home in Shrewsbury.

Among our UNA-IOM community she is remembered for her inspiring talk on Literacy, Gender and Development in May 2019. As the many tributes to her long life and work attest, her influence extended world-wide. Between 1949 and 1980 she lived and worked in Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda and Zambia, where she established programmes in adult and continuing education. She taught courses on African Arts and Literature and contributed greatly to the Africanisation of the curriculum, not least through the publication of her 1973 book ‘Two Centuries of African English’. She worked long and hard for the empowerment of women through the improvement of literacy opportunities in Africa and around the world. On her return to England in 1980 she took up a Visiting Fellowship at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex before her appointment to the University of Glasgow as Professor and Head of the Department of Adult and Continuing Education, a position she held until her retirement in 1992.

However, ‘retirement’ was not a word that Lalage understood as something that might apply to herself. She continued to work tirelessly on local, national and international fronts until the very end of her life. She gave seminars world-wide even when ‘on holiday’ (as we witnessed in 2019). She shared her wisdom in a wholly supportive way. During the COVID lockdown, when she continued to live alone, she mastered ‘Zoom’ and engaged regularly in seminars and meetings. She entertained and impressed the many who conversed with her – her knowledge of world affairs was encyclopaedic, her love of books unabated and her support for others unstinted. She leaves a devoted family in Nigeria and England and a wide network of friends and colleagues.

For extensive tributes please see http://cradall.org/…/adult-educator-advocate-right and The Times Obituary https://www.thetimes.co.uk/…/obituary-lalage-bown

Angela W Little, Professor Emerita, UNA-IOM Board of Directors

Keith M Lewin, Emeritus Professor, UNA-IOM Board of Directors

20210123 | Funding for UN Study for Manx Students

The Charles Colvington Trust was formed to assist Manx Post Graduate students to 

participate in educational courses at the UN Offices Geneva. A bequest from Mr and

 Mrs Charles Colvington, who formed the UN Association of the Isle of Man has been 

available since 2019 however the world has changed dramatically since that date.

Because of the financial situation that students now face and also because of Covid 

19 and the effect the pandemic has had on the world and all of us, the Trustees have 

agreed that the support should not only be confined to internship.

More information about the Charles Colvington Trust


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20190223 | Intern programme for Manx post graduate students

Manx post graduates are being offered financial assistance to be part of intern programmes with the United Nations.

The Charles Colvington Trust was founded in October last year, named after the man who formed the United Nations Association of the Isle of Man – which planned to raise the profile of the UN on Island and allow others to benefit from its initiatives.

Chair of the trust, Steve Rodan, says those who become involved have the benefit of working with the UN with others from around the world along with representing Manx heritage.

Post graduate students interested in applying or want more information should contact the association secretary on 07624 488 540 or at info@unaiom.org

Information about the Charles Colvington Trust

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