“Sustainability Begins with Teachers” in Central Asia: CAREC hosts the Second UNESCO Expert Meeting

30.03.2017

“Sustainability Begins with Teachers” in Central Asia: CAREC hosts the Second UNESCO Expert Meeting

The project “Sustainability Begins with Teachers” is a part of the UNESCO initiative “Today for Tomorrow: Coordinating and Implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development” (ESD) funded by the Government of Japan.

It focuses on capacity building of educators and trainers to design and implement processes for sustainable development as an input into the sustainable development goal (SDG)-4: "Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all".

The project is implemented in four countries of Central Asia – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, covered by the UNESCO Cluster Office for Central Asian activities.

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On April 5-6, 2017, the Second UNESCO Expert Meeting will be held in CAREC Headquarters. National experts representing state bodies, academic institutions of Central Asian countries, international experts from Georgia, South Korea, SWEDESD (Swedish International Center for Education for Sustainable Development), Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) for ESD, and partners from UNESCO Almaty, UNESCO-Bangkok, UNESCO-Tashkent and CAREC will participate in the meeting.

The participants will review the project implementation and its specifics in Central Asia and develop the content and methodology of the first Regional Workshop for teacher training institutions (TEI) to be held for the target countries of the project in June 2017 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. For this purpose, an institutional review would be undertaken by each participating TEI to prepare for the Regional Workshop, which will form the basis for the implementation of subsequent changes in the system of professional development of teachers in Central Asia. In early 2018 a second Regional Workshop will be held in Uzbekistan to review and share experiences within the project.

Background

In November 2014, the Global Action Programme (GAP) on ESD was launched at the UNESCO World Conference on ESD in Aichi-Nagoya, Japan, to build on the achievements of the United Nations Decade of ESD and create new momentum for action.[1]

GAP’s goal is to generate and scale up action in all levels and areas of education and learning to accelerate the progress towards sustainable development.

As the lead agency for ESD, UNESCO coordinates the global implementation of GAP. In this context, UNESCO has designed the new initiative “Today for Tomorrow: Coordinating and Implementing the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development” funded by the Government of Japan.

The Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC) has been selected as sub-regional partner of the project in Central Asia. CAREC possesses a unique mandate granted by five Central Asian states (CAS) and provides the platform for interstate and multisectoral dialogue permitting introduction of cutting-edge know-how, knowledge and technologies in the region and facilitating ESD process in the Central Asia.

Please follow updates on our website. For further details, please contact Ms. Tatiana Shakirova, manager of CAREC ESD Programme: tel. +7 +727 265 4334 (вн. 120), e-mail: tshakirova@carececo.org


[1] Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0022/002243/224368e.pdf#page=4


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