MGIEP to launch The State of Education for Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship Review in Asia at UNESCO General Conference

November 2, 2017 |  UNESCO Headquarters, PARIS

Calls to gear up schools for the 21st century are ubiquitous today. International educational discourse hails the potential of ‘the youth dividend’ and digital technology for enhancing growth. Some Asian education systems are held up as models for an innovation-led utopian future. But across much of Asia, neither the reality of schooling nor the patterns of development with which it is associated give cause for blithe optimism.

Since its inception, UNESCO has championed a humanistic vision of education – a vision today encapsulated in SDG 4.7. These ideals need to be strongly restated and defended in an era when educational debate worldwide has come to be framed by a narrowly economistic and instrumentalist agenda.

Launching at the 39th session of the General Conference is MGIEP’s Rethinking Schooling for the 21st Century: The State of Education for Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship in Asia. Building on the content analysis of 172 official documents in 18 languages based on a common coding scheme and extensive literature review on Asian schooling, this report seeks to assess how far the aims and values encapsulated in SDG 4.7 have been incorporated into the educational policies and officially-mandated curricula of 22 Asian countries. By analysing current policies, curricular frameworks, subject syllabi and textbooks, it aims to create a baseline against which further progress towards SDG 4.7 can be monitored. At the same time, it sets out to change the way we talk about and act upon SDG 4.7, and argues that a broader vision of education’s nature and social role is essential to our chances of achieving a peaceful and sustainable future for Asia and the world.

The key findings of this report will be presented by one of the authors, followed by a panel discussion comprising of the Director of the Global Education Monitoring Report and the lead authors of UNESCO HQ’s Education for Sustainable Development Goals: Learning Objectives and MGIEP’s Textbooks for Sustainable Development: A Guide to Embedding. National government representatives committed to the embedding approach will also join the event to share their experience. The side event is generously supported by MGIEP’s strategic partner Engagement Global GmbH, and organized in partnership with the German Commission for UNESCO and the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO.

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Date(s) - 02/11/2017
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

UNESCO Headquarters, Room IV

Conference  By UNESCO MGIEP

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