Professor Peter Mayo, of the Department of Arts, Open Communities and Adult Education, Faculty of Education, University of Malta, has just been notified that his nomination by international peers to be inducted to the International Adult Education Hall of Fame has been accepted. On September 19th he will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in Adult Education on the eve of the Triennial Conference of the European Society for Research in the Education of Adults (ESREA) of which the University is an institutional member. The induction ceremony will take place in Belgrade where the ESREA conference is being held . The IACE Hall of Fame typically holds its annual induction ceremony and symposium in conjunction with a major annual conference in the field.
The Hall of Fame, at the University of Oklahoma in the USA, was introduced in the early 1990s to "to honour leaders in the fields of continuing education and adult learning and to serve as a record and inspiration for the next generation of continuing education leaders". Among those inducted, one finds key figures in the field such as Tanzania’s former President, Julius Nyerere, Professors Paulo Freire, Jack Mezirow, John Field, Peter Jarvis, J. Roby Kidd, Shauna Butterwick, Lalage Bown, Stephen Brookfield, Budd L Hall, Sharan B. Merriam, Chris Duke, Patricia Cranton, Eduard C Lindeman, Arne Carlsen (former Director UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning ), Roger Hiemstra, Brian Findsen, Rajesh Tandon, Simona Sava and others. See IACEHOF website: https://halloffame.outreach.ou.edu/
Posting on his Facebook page after learning of the impending induction, Professor Mayo said: “I see this as recognition of Malta's collective contribution to the internationalisation of adult education starting with the work of former teacher and mentor, Kenneth Wain on Lifelong Education culminating in at least two internationally published books on the subject and an important edited one on LLE in the Mediterranean. It proceeds with work which would include that of a former student who worked with me (MA Sociology thesis supervision) and University colleague, Marvin Formosa - his internationally acknowledged, widely published work on Older Adult Education. There are many other colleagues who are making international contributions such as Joe Giordmaina in Prison Education, Josann Cutajar and Maria Brown in gender and community education, Carmel Borg in community and museum education, all contributors to the 1997 Beyond Schooling volume (some alas gone to a far far better place) and of course Edward Zammit and Godfrey Baldacchino (and by proxy Gerard Kester whose work helped set up the Workers participation Development Centre, now Centre for Labour Studies) especially with regard to industrial democracy and workers' participation.”