What We’ve Been Up To At UNESCO MGIEP
UNESCO MGIEP launches its Campus Ambassador Programme
11-13 January, Ahmedabad, India
UNESCO MGIEP’s Campus Ambassador Programme was launched at an international conference organized by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in Ahmedabad, India. The programme’s objective was to empower youth to respond to the challenges facing the world today such as poverty, extremism, migration and climate change through interventions in higher education.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Anantha K Duraiappah, Director of UNESCO MGIEP, focused on the need to empower young people in taking an active role in policy mechanisms and actions. The campus ambassadors programme aims to build spaces for intercultural dialogue within and across institutes of higher education.
Launch of the International Year of Global Understanding
2 February, Jena, Germany
UNESCO MGIEP’s Director, Dr. Anantha K. Duraiappah, delivered a keynote address at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. He said that to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals over the next 15 years we need to understand and learn to accept different opinions and perspectives from individuals around the world.
The International Year of Global Understanding aims to promote a better understanding of how the local affects the global to foster smart policies to tackle critical global challenges such as climate change, food security and migration.
UNESCO MGIEP hosts Junoon and Indian Ocean at TAG 2016
15 February, New Delhi
This year’s Talking Across Generations (TAG) focused on the role of education in preventing and combating violent extremism around the world. From heated debates on the value of education, to the first joint concert by Pakistani and Indian bands Junoon and Indian Ocean, UNESCO MGIEP’s TAG 2016 edition drew more than 500 participants.
The UN Resident Coordinator and the UN’s top official in India Yuri Afanasiev stressed the risks that countries face when societies do not grant their young people opportunities and a future. Dr. Karan Singh, Chairman of UNESCO MGIEP said that education needs to provide values and a framework through which to assess the world.
UNESCO MGIEP launches YESPeace India
15 February, New Delhi
After Malaysia, UNESCO MGIEP launched its flagship Youth for Education, Sustainability and Peace (YESPeace) country programme in India in collaboration with Pravah and CYC (ComMutiny – the Youth Collective). The programme aims to build a systemic learning environment based on Education for Peace and Sustainable Development where the learner eventually becomes empowered to transform society by reaching out to other young people.
The YESPeace Network is a network of networks, which offers online and on-the-ground global engagement opportunities for young people, youth organizations and networks. The YESPeace Network supports youth action by providing an online space for young people to learn and co-create campaigns. The on-the-ground programmes at national levels provide space to raise awareness and influence issues, which are both locally and globally relevant.
YESPeace Network organizes International Strategy Workshop
16 February, New Delhi
UNESCO MGIEP hosted the first YESPeace Network International Strategy Workshop in collaboration with Pravah and ComMutiny – the Youth Collective, which was attended by youth organizations from nine countries. The workshop sought to develop a shared understanding of the context, opportunities and challenges involving youth and education for peace, sustainability and global citizenship today. It also provided an opportunity to seek value addition to the YESPeace India project plan and strategies, especially on developing an experiential curriculum for young people. The workshop’s key insights included making the curriculum inclusive for youth belonging to diverse backgrounds and with different abilities by being open-source and in different languages. It also proposed to roll out YESPeace country-specific programmes in other countries.
Comparative International Education Society Conference
6-10 March, Vancouver, Canada
Staff members from UNESCO MGIEP organized two panels at the Comparative International Education Society (CIES), one of the largest and most prestigious education conferences in the world. They presented results gleaned from an analysis of primary data collected by UNESCO MGIEP, including the ‘India’s Youth Speak Out About Higher Education’ report released in February 2015 and the YOUthSpeak survey conducted in 2014, and also discussed the need to include youth in policy processes, and to scrutinize the effectiveness of current models of the delivery of global citizenship education, particularly in higher education.
The conference positively raised the profile of the institute as a leader in research on youth, education, and global citizenship.
Distinguished Lecture on the ‘Future of Education’ by Prof. Sugata Mitra
30 March, New Delhi
Prof. Sugata Mitra discussed his dreams for the future of education in front of a packed auditorium at the India Institute of Technology Delhi, which was the fourth in a series of UNESCO MGIEP Distinguished Lectures.
Dr. Karan Singh, Chair of UNESCO MGIEP’s Governing Board and India’s permanent representative to UNESCO, presided over the function.
Mitra, an award-winning TED speaker, is best known for his experiments ‘Hole in the Wall’ and ‘School in the Cloud,’ where he used innovative techniques to facilitate the learning process for students. He walked the audience through his experiments and their outcomes, and raised some serious questions about current education systems.
The UN-LEARN Workshop on Difference Learning for Instructors
9-10 April, New Delhi
UNESCO MGIEP, in collaboration with IIT Delhi (IIT D), organized a two-day workshop on difference learning for more than 400 instructors from the Delhi region.
The workshop was aimed at generating greater awareness about the 4Ds – Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia; create a support network of schools and organizations; create a toolkit with resources, points of contact, diagnosis and improvement; and encourage inclusive education.
The workshop concluded with proposals to expand the reach of local language/mother tongue-based assessments, multi-format assessment tools, and to produce resource toolkits for teachers.
Regional Workshop on Educational Administration and Management: Existing Practices and Innovations
19-21 April, New Delhi
UNESCO MGIEP Director, Dr. Anantha K Duraiappah delivered the Inaugural Address at the ANTRIEP Regional Workshop on Educational Administration and Management: Existing Practices and Innovations organized by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA) in New Delhi.
The workshop was specially designed for participants from the Asian Network of Training and Research Institutions in Educational Planning (ANTRIEP), which consists of member institutions in Australia, China, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, South Korea, Indonesia, and other invited countries i.e. Bhutan and Maldives. The nominated participants from all countries presented a country status paper on the topic “Educational Administration and Management: Existing Practices and Innovations”.
UNESCO MGIEP-UNESCO Bangkok Workshop on SDG 4.7 Current State Project
30-31 May, New Delhi
UNESCO MGIEP, in partnership with UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok), launched a project to review the state of Education for Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in the region. This project contributes to establishing a baseline against which progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7 can be measured in the region.
To finalize the methodology of this review, UNESCO MGIEP organized a workshop to bring together national experts from 15 countries. The workshop was attended by 25 participants, and served to develop their capacities to deliver high-quality country-level studies to form the basis of a regional synthesis report to be launched by UNESCO MGIEP in 2017.
7 June, Jena, Germany
UNESCO MGIEP Director, Dr. Anantha K. Duraiappah, delivered a TEDx talk at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany.
Under the theme “Universe of Actions”, he spoke on the topic “Education and Humanity” and stated that the principles of peace and humanity for all have to be inculcated through experiential, dialogic and immersive processes. He stressed on the need to transform the education system from a banking and competitive system to an enquiry-driven humanistic process.
International Workshop on Embedding
28-30 June, Bangalore, India
UNESCO MGIEP, in partnership with the German organization Engagement Global gGmbH, organized an international workshop on Embedding concepts of Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (PSG) in the textbooks of core subjects. The workshop brought together renowned experts on embedding PSG into particular subjects such as math, science, language and geography, on a common platform, in order to co-create a guidebook. The workshop was attended by about 30 participants who primarily consisted of academics, teachers and textbook writers from Europe, North America and Asia.