‘Textbooks for Sustainable Development: A Guide to Embedding’, an international guidebook on embedding concepts of peace, sustainable development and global citizenship in textbooks of core subjects was launched at the 3rd Asia Pacific Meeting on Education 2030 (APMED III) in Bangkok on the 4th of July. Commonly referred to as ‘The Embedding Guide’, the book is a viable option to mainstream goal 4.7 (also the theme of APMED III) in education systems through the medium of textbooks.
The Embedding Guide offers concrete guidance for authors of mathematics, science, language and geography textbooks on how to ‘embed’ peace, sustainable development and global citizenship in textbook content. There is a chapter dedicated to each subject. The guide has been written collaboratively by about 25 experts from all parts of the world.
This guidebook introduces the approach of embedding education for sustainable development into core subjects, building on the German initiative as well as consolidating other existing efforts. This ambitious work began when the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), with support from Engagement Global gGmbH, brought together 30 international experts in mathematics, sciences, languages, geography and education for sustainable development in Bangalore, India, in June 2016. These experts co-drafted this guidebook.
This publication is designed as a guide for stakeholders in textbook development – education ministries, national curriculum authorities, textbook writers and publishers – to help them produce a new generation of textbooks. Such textbooks will make a clear departure from the mechanistic transmission of information and procedural knowledge devoid of meaning and contextual relevance. They will also advocate a new vision of learning and contribute to fostering young people’s competencies and capabilities to shape more peaceful and sustainable societies. Competencies such as critical and systemic thinking, appreciation of diversity, empathy and commitment to change are the key goals of this ambitious publication.
As the next step, MGIEP will organize a series of national and regional training workshops for textbook authors using this guidebook in different parts of the world. Our goal is to develop the capacities of the stakeholders in textbook development the world over to produce a new generation of textbooks suited to the 21st century. This first edition includes four subjects and there are plans for the next edition to include more subject areas and to update the mathematics, science, geography and language chapters based on the feedback we receive from diverse stakeholders. We also expect to deal more extensively with the concept of the ‘whole-school approach’ than has been possible in this book. We shall establish an online portal, which will enable textbook authors to keep us informed about how well this guidebook is meeting their needs and where it can be enhanced, updated and expanded to serve as a living source of inspiration and guidance.
Download the Mathematics chapter here: Mathematics Chapter_Textbooks for Sustainable Development
Download the Languages chapter here: Language Chapter_Textbooks for Sustainable Development
Download the Geography chapter here: Geography Chapter_Textbooks for Sustainable Development
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