April 4-5, 2017: UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) co-organized a study visit with the UNESCO Tehran Office for senior officials from the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Mr. Abdylla Goklenov & Mr. Tachmyrat Jumayev) from Turkmenistan at the UNESCO MGIEP office in New Delhi, India from 4th – 5th April, 2017.
The main purpose of the visit was to introduce the delegation to various projects that UNESCO MGIEP focuses on towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.7, centred on education for peace, sustainable development and global citizenship to foster peaceful and sustainable societies. The Institute’s projects assist institutions, schools, universities, the government and learners to adapt to rapidly changing contexts by delivering cutting-edge teaching and learning tools, research and youth-centred activities. The study visit at UNESCO MGIEP is one of the numerous initiatives that the government of Turkmenistan has undertaken as part of its effort to integrate 150 pre-defined SDG targets and almost 200 indicators to be achieved by 2030. The government of Turkmenistan intends to eventually establish a National Training and Methodology Centre for SDGs.
The visit commenced with an overview of MGIEP presented by Dr. Anantha Duraiappah, Director, UNESCO MGIEP. Dr. Duraiappah classified the key projects of UNESCO MGIEP under four major heads including Innovations, Rethinking Curriculum, Research and Futures and the Youth and emphasized how all programmes at MGIEP attempt to instil competencies of empathy, compassion, mindfulness and critical inquiry in the learners. Thereafter, experts from the Institute presented various projects including the regional study Reviewing the Current State of Education for Peace, Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (EPSG) in Asia and the Pacific and the LIBRE project, which employs a range of rich multimedia tools to impart an immersive learning experience. Other innovative initiatives that the Institute presented included Gaming, Difference Learning, and various youth led programmes such as the YESPeace Network, the Campus Ambassadors Programme, the Youth-led Monitoring of SDG Target 4.7 and Youth 24×7.
Post the presentation sessions, the delegation and senior management team of UNESCO MGIEP discussed the possibilities of future collaboration between the Institute and Turkmenistan in order to make collective progress towards the SDG’s.
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