Tag: Sustainable Development Goals

UN-LEARN Workshop

9th-10th April 2016, New Delhi: UNESCO MGIEP is organising a workshop for instructors on difference learning with a focus on the 4 Ds – Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia. Teachers will be introduced to innovative teaching methodologies that promote inclusive education.

Event Details:

  • Location: IIT, Delhi
  • Schedule: 8:30am onwards

At UNESCO MGIEP, we believe that if a minimum of 10 students in a class of 60 learn differently, they deserve to be taught in a fun and interactive manner rather than be subjected to forced correction.

The UN-LEARN Conference is our first step in that direction. 

Apart from telling the world about the various Learning Disabilities and its symptoms; we want to enable teachers and instructors with several innovative teaching methodologies and tools that will make their classes “dyslexia friendly” and thus more inclusive.

Description: The workshop will have a total of 12 sessions by more than 20 speakers – experts, educational psychologists and teachers from across the world.

In addition, the workshop will also have the following:

Activity workbooks: MakeSpace – a set of two activity workbooks will be released during the workshop and will be given to each attendee. It will contain a checklist of symptoms of various learning disabilities and will introduce a brand new Dyslexia test specially created for India called DALI. MakeSpace will also contain various innovative teaching methodologies to support instructors to make their classes more inclusive.

involvED Conference: Six (06), 15-minute talks that will move you,  force you to think, maybe even make you feel a little uncomfortable and yet give you hope.The  involvEd conference will involve you in the process of inclusive education. Did we mention, that it will be hosted by one of India’s most popular (and intelligent) stand-up comedians – Rivaldo!

The Heat show: Our big panel debate on the best practices of inclusive education. In the scorching summer of Delhi, we will further heat it up with direct questions to people who are working in the field of Difference learning (about why their work is not enough?) and to the policy makers (about why we will fail to provide a better education before we start).

If you want to be part of this exciting workshop, register yourself here: http://bit.ly/UNLEARN



UNESCO MGIEP launches YESPeace India

15th February, New Delhi – UNESCO MGIEP took the next big stride after Malaysia, and towards youth empowerment, with the launch of YESPeace—the Youth for Education, Sustainability and Peace—India Country Programme. This marks the beginning of a journey to transform the – 356 million strong – youth of India into Global citizens, through the unique lens of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

The launch event was co-hosted by UNESCO MGIEP in collaboration with Pravah & CYC (Commutiny Youth Collective), partners of YESPeace India.

The highly-charged conversations, at TAG 2016, amongst youth leaders from across the world, on – Can education radicalize youth for peace? – provided a perfect setting for the YESPeace India launch. But what really stole the limelight that day was the part where the youth themselves took to the stage to launch the YESPeace India country programme.

‘Education is what gives individuals the knowledge, aspiration and values to live in dignity and act for common good. This is why it the most basic foundation for building lasting peace and sustainable development’
– Irina Bokova

Abel Caine, Head of Youth & Communications Team, UNESCO MGIEP, India
Abel Caine, Head of Youth & Communications Team, UNESCO MGIEP, India

YESPeace Network  is a network of networks, which offers online and on-the-ground global engagement opportunities for young people. The network’s interactive and creative potential supports youth action by providing an online space for young people and youth organizations to learn about, support, and co-create campaigns and projects, as well as build the bridges that link local, regional and global youth actions. The on-the-ground programmes at national levels provides the space to raise awareness, and influence issues, which are locally and globally relevant and empowers young people on Education for Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.

It has been selected as one of the flagship programmes for the youth priority area of UNESCO’s Global Action Programme (GAP) on Education for Sustainable Development with a special focus on Sustainable Development Goal 4.7. The programme aims to provide young people with access to policymakers and to the arenas where policies are enacted.

Neha Buch, CEO, Pravah, India
Neha Buch, CEO, Pravah, India

During the launch session, Neha Buch, CEO Pravah, our India partners along with CYC, provided a brief glimpse of the YESPeace India SMILE programme (Students’ Mobilisation Initiative for Learning through Exposure). The programme takes the youth through an enriching and rigorous journey of self-discovery, in which the youth is introduced to a transformative learning experience, especially through the lenses of Peace and Sustainability – helping them emerge as Global Citizens equipped with a strong sense to build a more peaceful and sustainable society.

The programme aims to build a systemic learning environment on Education for Peace and Sustainable Development where the learner eventually becomes empowered and further goes on to transform society by reaching out to a larger base of youth.

The Tyranny of pedagogies: Changing mindsets to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

Dr. Anantha Kumar Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP

Keynote speech for the launch of the International Year of Global Understanding held at the University of Jena, Germany, on 2 February 2016.

In 2015, member states of the United Nations endorsed an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A unique characteristic of these goals is that they are universal in nature. The old divide of developing targets meant only for low-income countries has been set aside; these SDGs are relevant to all countries. For the first time, a central tenet of the new humanistic age is that the global community must work collectively to achieve these goals.

The goals recognize that the world has become a much more interconnected and smaller place than it was 50 years ago. Rapid globalization and the advancement of humanity from the industrial to the information age have made astronomer Carl Sagan’s words describing our planet as “a small blue dot” become reality. But agreeing on the SDGs is only the beginning. Achieving them is the more difficult part—and the prospect of achieving these goals within the next 15 years is bleak.

A necessary condition for achieving these goals is a change in our mindsets which requires a concerted effort to promote a global understanding of the issues the SDGs were designed to address. But what do we mean by global understanding? Is it about gaining a general consensus among global citizens? Or is it about creating a dialogue to gain a better understanding of the different perspectives on our common challenges, such as climate change, migration and violent extremism to name a few? I would argue that the former is a futile and in fact a dangerous exercise leading to the homogenization and destruction of our cultural diversity. The latter approach, however, shows more promise; especially when we want to celebrate and embrace our inherent diversity across the globe.

Unfortunately, our present education systems are not keeping up with the pace of change. Our classrooms still cater to the industrial age while struggling to transfer to an information age. We need a constructive education system which allows students to engage in dialogues that highlight the many diverse perspectives and understandings we have on common issues. The challenge in embracing the International Year of Global Understanding (IGYU) is to begin such a process of inquiry of our present sense of self-righteousness, our self-maximizing interests, institutions and the new global order. Until we have an open, inclusive dialogue among global citizens, we will always be limited by the pedagogies that our education has imposed upon us. Our education systems can’t afford the luxury of playing catch-up to embrace the information age, but have to leap ahead to what I call the “humanistic age”.

UNESCO MGIEP launches its Campus Ambassadors Programme at CEE in Ahmadabad

The institute takes another step towards helping youth practice education for peace and sustainable development

UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development launched a programme for young people in higher education called the Campus Ambassadors Programme at the International Conference on Education as a Driver of Sustainable Development Goals being held in Ahmedabad from 11 to 13 January 2016. The international conference organized by Centre for Environment Education aims to recognize the critical role of education towards the achievement of the 2030 development agenda.

The programme seeks to provide and enhance the youth responses to rising challenges and complexities the world is facing such as: poverty and inequality, extremism and intolerance, migration, financial crises, pressure on natural resources, and climate change through interventions in higher education. Higher Education is often a turning point in an individual’s life, a deciding factor in making a transition from education to work, thus playing a critical role in the life of young people.

The Campus Ambassador Programme is built upon the research study (to be launched) on youth perspectives on higher education in India where young people described college as much more than a pathway to employment. They described it as a transformative experience of personal development that builds confidence, curiosity, inspiration, knowledge hope, and imbued them with the motivation and skills to make their world a better place. Thus UNESCO MGIEP is intervening at the higher education level to strengthen the youth capacities for sustainable action to build peaceful societies.

The Campus Ambassador programme responds to the critical international mandates – Sustainable Development Goal 4.7, Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, International decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) by connecting diverse Campus Ambassadors nationally and internationally to promote intercultural dialogue on critical issues.

Speaking at the launch of the programme, Dr. Anantha K Duraiappah, Director UNESCO MGIEP, stated that we need to end “youth-washing” where the opinions of young people are taken only by piece-meal measures in policy processes. He further opined that through the campus ambassador’s programme, we need to enable and empower young people in taking active role in policy mechanisms and actions to demolish youth-washing.

Simon Kuany Kiir Kuany, a young student from South Sudan now pursuing MBA at Symbiosis University spoke about how spaces of interaction and intercultural dialogues at the campus provided him opportunity to reach out to peers from other communities including those from factional communities of South Sudan. Anmol Kamra, an intern at UNESCO MGIEP presented the structure of activities of the programme which includes Learner Facilitator’s meet, Unconference dialogue, and mobilization of campus catalysers. The campus ambassadors’ programme will reach out to but not limited to 6 member states in the coming 2 years. Ms Shivali Lawale, Director Symbiosis School of International Studies, Pune highlighted the urgency of interventions in higher education and welcomed partnership between Symbiosis University and MGIEP for the India component.