TAGe Ottawa: Youth perspectives on the role of teachers in peace and sustainable development

What is TAGe?
UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) believes that the youth must be at the center of the design and implementation of the transformation of education systems. The MGIEP Talking Across Generations on Education (TAGe) event series is an effective and unique intergenerational dialogue forum which mainstreams the collective voice of the youth for inclusion in policy decision-making at the highest levels.

The TAGe events are hosted as a series of unique, inter-generational talks that bring 15 distinguished experts (TAGe seniors) and 35 rigorously selected youth (TAGe youth) on the same platform to engage in an honest, no-holds-barred dialogue on global issues related to education.

TAGe Ottawa:
After two successful TAGes, the first being TAGe Delhi, organized as a plenary session during the UNESCO’s International Conference on Prevention of Violent Extremism, from 19th to 20th of September 2016 in New Delhi India. The second was TAGe Quebec Video , organized as a plenary during the conference on Internet and Youth Radicalization on 31st October to 1st November in Quebec City, Canada, and now, UNESCO MGIEP will be organizing its third international TAGe (Talking Across Generations on Education) within the framework of the UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: the Role of Education, Ottawa, Canada on the theme; Youth perspectives on the role of teachers in peace and sustainable development.”

The session will take place after the opening ceremony on Wednesday 8 March 2017, from 10:30 am to 12:15 am and will be live streamed.

Synopsis of the online discussion
In the months leading up to each TAGe, a global, multi-lingual social media campaign comprising of thematic cascading questions moderated by youth and experts is launched on Facebook, Twitter, and the UNESCO MGIEP Knowledge Commons platform.

This time, the online discussion ran for four weeks, from the 2nd to the 27th of January, 2017. During the fourth and final week of the just concluded online discussion, which was on the role of teachers in education for peace and sustainable development, young people overwhelmingly agreed that teachers are relevant and have a crucial role to play in ESD and GCED. However, they strongly suggest a need for a radical transformation of the way teachers interact with students; as facilitators and guides rather than just information providers.

Watch the summary of the online discussions!

The main question to be addressed to the participants is: What is a 21st-century teacher?

Structure: The uniqueness of TAGe is that it is a structured form of dialogue, where each opinion, comment or question builds on the previous one and therefore ensuring that there is a line of thought running through all the threads of the dialogue. There will be one main theme, one main question, and maximum five sub-questions, therefore maximum four to five threads, each running for maximum 15 minutes.

No introductions are made, the playing field is leveled, and the TAGe youth and TAGe seniors are given equal opportunity to voice their opinion and to interrogate each other in a fearless manner. Utilizing live web streaming, the world’s youth can concretely participate in the live TAGe event. Global youth are also encouraged to participate in the discussion by tweeting in their questions.

TAGe Ottawa session will be moderated by Mr. Paul Darvasi, a teacher from Royal St. George’s College in Toronto and Ms. Danika B. Littlechild, Vice President of the Canadian National Commission for UNESCO.

Main Outputs: The distinct and measurable outputs of the TAGe event are linked into the output document of the host conference. There will be standalone TAGe output such as a youth action plan etc. that will be “owned” by the youth right from ideation to implementation.

Related links:

TAGe Delhi
TAGe Ottawa Participants

For more information contact
—Simon Kuany Kiir Kuany , Programme officer:
—Radhika Bhatnagar, Communications officer:



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