UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development

UNESCO is kicking off its new framework: ‘Education for Sustainable Development: Towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’ – ESD for 2030 and its roadmap for implementation during the UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development in Berlin, Germany.

800 participants from around the world will gather for the occasion: policy-makers working in education and sustainable development, education practitioners, civil society, development community and private sector experts. 

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A pilot training program for Young Volunteers on Peace and Global Citizenship

From December 6-8, 2019, a training on "Education for Peace and Global Citizenship of Adolescents, Youth in Senegal and the sub-region" took place in Guédiawaye, a suburb of Dakar. 

The initiative for this activity came from BanlieueUP, an association of young male and female volunteers, committed to contributing to the socio-economic development of the suburbs of Dakar.

"The vision of BanlieueUP is to contribute to ensuring that suburbs become spaces of well-being and prosperity for their populations by 2030." El Hadji Abou Gueye, President of BanlieueUP. 

Within the framework of Target 4.7 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UNESCO Dakar and IFEF (Institut de la francophonie pour l’education) joined with BanlieueUP to organize a pilot training event with the aims of increasing understanding of the local and global environmental and social challenges facing youth and providing them with the information and tools they will need for becoming agents of peace and global citizenship and leaders in their own communities. 

Out of 200 candidates, between the ages of 18 and 35, 32 were selected to the pilot training event, based upon their motivation towards deepening their knowledge of the pressing issues facing youth and their commitment towards building networks in order to take action in their communities and in Senegal. The selection also sought gender-equality and resulted in a final group composed of 16 women and 16 men.

The event’s program included skills training, discussion, a slam competition and planning of further action.

Self-awareness, knowledge and skills for sustainable development

Throughout the training, the participants were encouraged to speak-up and share their knowledge and ideas. 

“Only by listening to the concerns of these young people can we develop global citizenship and sustainable development education contents and methodologies that are contextualised and respond to their needs and to the specific forms of exclusion that many of them experience.” Mathilde Stoleroff, UNESCO Dakar

 On the first day, participants were given training in competencies on how to:

  • Speak in public;
  • Work effectively with diverse groups;
  • Build networks;
  • Provide and receive constructive criticism;
  • ​Adhere to rules of coexistence and mutual respect; 

Activity “turn the blanket” pushed the groups to identify a leader and to work collaboratively and efficiently in a group as quickly as possible to reach a common goal. 

“This activity touched me a lot because it reminded me that what one can do alone, one can do it even better together.” Awa Diatta, 24 years, Guédiaweye

The importance of harmony between humans and nature in West Africa

Throughout the second day, participants engaged in discussions of the cultural, historic and scientific relationships between humans and nature in West Africa. They highlighted how the interaction between humans and their natural environment is expressed in local languages, cultural and spiritual practices and the discussion was enhanced by the participants’ special ability to relate issues to their social backgrounds.

Hearing the voice of the youth through Slam

Poetry slam, an art form combining traditional poetry with story-telling, songwriting and rhythm, is a powerful awareness-raising tool that enables urban youth to express themselves.

As part of the training, participants held a slam competition that resulted in beautiful and powerful performances. The creators of the 15 most-voted slams will take part in a workshop to create a slam that will come to represent the vision of peace and global citizenship of the 32 participants.

Action now

The third day was dedicated to triggering action. Each one of the participants spoke about existing environmental challenges in their own neighbourhoods and, together, they found possible solutions to promote change in their communities.

Following this training, participants have already formed a group, “Servir ensemble” and drafted an action plan, to be implemented by February 2020, to create a small public green space where young people can gather near a school in the Dakar suburb area of Pikine.

The ultimate objective of the initiative is to create a movement of young volunteers for peace and global citizenship in the West African region. Various other training sessions on rule of law and global citizenship are envisaged for 2020.


The influence of parental education

The influence of parental education

A 2018 survey in Rwanda's Western Province showed that only 9 per cent of illiterate adults have attended literacy course, even as 31 per cent lack essential literacy capabilities.

The study, a joint conduct by the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR)-Rwanda, University of Rwanda’s College of Education, and the University of Aberdeen with the support of the Scottish government, sampled 2,391 respondents with over 300 respondents from each district of Western Province. From the nine per cent who attended a literacy course, only 14 per cent gained skills while 66 per cent and 76 per cent, respectively, still can’t read and write Kinyarwanda, according to the report. The survey further showed that 93 per cent cannot do simple calculations while 99 per cent cannot send or read a text message on a mobile phone.

According to experts, literacy courses are crucial to the education of young people.

They say that in one way or another, if a parent can’t read or write, it might have a negative impact on their children. Learn more...

Source: The New Times


Sahel countries gather around the monitoring of the integration of PVE into education systems

Mali, Niger, the Gambia, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau met for two days in Dakar to review progress in integrating the prevention of violent extremism (PVE) into their education programs and the teaching and learning processes of their respective countries. Learn more...


Source: UNESCO

Diversity and Inclusion: applying ancient wisdom to shift mindsets for more sustainable outcomes

On 28 May, Fleur Heyworth is co-directing an intensive workshop ‘Leverage Diversity to Increase Performance’ with Sandrine Tunezerwe, Associate Faculty with the Centre for Creative Leadership and author of an upcoming book on Diversity and Inclusion.  She explains why the strategic tool of ‘polarities’, a key tool in many of our leadership courses, including ‘Leading Strategically in Turbulent Times’, will enable participants to lead diversity and inclusion more effectively. Read more...

Source: GCSP

FGPEF Sensitizes Latriya Pupils On Peace Education

amily Gambia Peace Education Foundation (FGPEF) sensitized the pupils of Latriya Lower Basic School on peace education on   Friday at the school ground, Kombo North District, West Coast Region.

The forum aims at enlightening the students on the essential of peace, educate on the causes of conflict and mechanisms to maintain peace within the society brought together students, teachers and parents. It also sensitized the society on the relevant of peace education syllabus. Learn more ...

Source: TheVoiceGambia

Opinion: Teaching about genocide helps prevent it

This April 7 marks a quarter of a century since the beginning of the 1994 genocide targeted against the Tutsi of Rwanda.  It also is the UN International Day of Reflection on the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, which recalls that Hutu and others who opposed the genocide were also killed. That horrible event, which took place over 100 days, cost the dear lives of more than one million innocent people. It also left behind countless wounded survivors, some of whom live in Canada today. As we remember the victims and support survivors, we also need to reflect on the importance of teaching about genocide, tolerance and anti-hate for the sake of future generations. Learn more...

Source: MontrealGazette


Liaisons: Manuel pour la prévention de l’extrémisme violent à travers l’information jeunesse

Titre: Liaisons: Manuel pour la prévention de l’extrémisme violent à travers l’information jeunesse

Description: Ce manuel à caractère pédagogique répond à une demande du secteur de la jeunesse qui se trouve, trop souvent, sans outils pour prévenir le phénomène de l'extremisme violent.

Date de publication: 2018

Auteur: ERYICA


Le Réseau en action: citoyens du monde connectés pour le développement durable (Guide élèves)

Titre: Le Réseau en action: citoyens du monde connectés pour le développement durable (Guide élèves)

Description: Le guide «Le réSEAU en action: Citoyens du monde connectés pour le développement durable» à l’intention des élèves a pour but d’initier les élèves du secondaire à l’éducation à la citoyenneté mondiale (ECM) et à l’éducation en vue du développement durable (EDD), et de leur proposer des idées et des activités pour qu’ils contribuent activement à la construction d’un monde plus pacifique et durable.

Année de publication: 2017

Auteur:  UNESCO



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