July 4, Bangkok— UNESCO MGIEP launched ‘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 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 was presented as a viable option to mainstream goal 4.7 (also the theme of APMED III) in education systems through the medium of textbooks.
The book was released by Hannes Siege, Advisor, Engagement Global and Yosuke Kobayashi, Japanese National Commission for UNESCO along with Dr. Anantha K Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP in the presence of the lead authors of the chapters of the guidebook.
“The Embedding Guide is part of UNESCO MGIEP’s efforts to make peace and sustainability a part of the global curricula DNA,” remarked Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP at the launch.
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.
The launch started with an introduction by Eleni Christodoulou, Yoko Mochizuki and Robert Schrieber. This was followed by TED-styled talks by the lead authors of the chapters, including Ronald Johnston, University of South Wales (Science), David Wagner, University of New Brunswick (Maths), Nadia Lausselet, University of Teacher Education, State of Vaud, Switzerland (Geography) and Lorna Down, University of West Indies (Language).
Another highlight of the launch was the cartoon exhibition on embedding education for sustainable development and peace in textbooks. The exhibition included some of the popular cartoons from the guidebook.
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