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World's Largest Lesson launching for school year 2019-20
10th WEEC, Bangkok, 3-7 November 2019
First World Non-Formal Education Forum
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Social and emotional learning (SEL) enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes, and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges. There are five core competencies that can be taught in many ways across many settings.

Want to know more about the SEL competences and how to develop them in  your learners?

The CASEL website explains the five SEL competencies in action, through short videos.

It is a highly recommended resource for all educators, both formal and non formal.

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The EU CONVINCE Project has just published online the Research Report ‘Challenges and good practices related to promoting citizenship and values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education’. The research was conducted in 2018 and included the online surve, among others, on Εducation Employers and School Heads, with the view to collect their views on challenges and good practices in such topics as civic education, teaching in multicultural learning context, teaching sensitive issues, digital citizenship, and other.

The research aimed to match the challenges regarding these topics with existing good practices. Therefore, the report also contains an extensive compendium of examples and good practices related to the implementation of democratic citizenship and inclusive education in Europe, collected through the online survey.

Together with supportive policy frameworks and stronger cooperation between school community actors, the key conclusions of the report include the following recommendations:

  • Support to teachers and school leaders is crucial for them to be able to perform in a diverse education setting, better deal with controversial and sensitive issues and create a positive and safe climate in and beyond the classroom.
  • Whole-school approach and democratic school culture are effective approaches in promoting democratic citizenship and inclusive education.
  • Developing critical thinking and understanding are essential for children and young people to thrive in a digital world and key in relation to digital citizenship.

The research report is available for download here.

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Co-produced with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, this paper highlights the first ever projections for SDG 4 targets. A third of the way to 2030, it shows that the world is drastically off track. By 2030, one in six children, adolescents and youth will still be out of school. Only six in ten young people will be completing secondary education.



The world is a third of the way towards the deadline of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the fourth Sustainable Development Goal on education, SDG 4. But it is behind on its commitments. This joint publication by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and the Global Education Monitoring Report for the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development captures concisely how far the world is from achieving its education targets.

This is the year that the generation of students that should finish secondary school by 2030 should be entering school for the first time. Yet, in low-income countries, only 60% of children complete primary school, while in some regions the percentage of students who achieve minimum proficiency in reading is even falling. There is no denying that the world is off track.

It is time to put an end to complacency.The international community relies on data to report on the SDG 4 monitoring framework to assess progress. While clear improvements have been made in data collection, data gaps remain a major concern. This publication makes a call for countries and their international development partners to coordinate and finance the collection of data to monitor and deliver on SDG 4.

Access the Report

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As the lead agency to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals(link is external)(SDGs) through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED), UNESCO brought together more than 350 experts, practitioners and policy-makers from 100 countries on 2-3 July 2019 (Ha Noi, Viet Nam) in the  Global ESD and GCED Forum dedicated to "Learning and teaching for peaceful and sustainable societies: From early childhood to primary and secondary education".

The UNESCO publication "ESD and GCED Up Close" was launched; the publication explores a holistic approach to education that emphasizes three dimensions of learning - the cognitive, socio-emotional and behavioural - and is based on the results of a recent UNESCO study to examine policies and curriculum documents from ten countries. In addition the Forum addressed if and how these three dimensions of ESD and GCED are reflected in pre-primary, primary and secondary education, highlighting improvements to be made and challenges to overcome.

Using interactive plenaries and concurrent workshops, the forum session organized to expand and reinforce partnerships and networking opportunities around the theme, inviting debate and fostering dialogue as well as sharing practical information, best practices and knowledge. Participants presented innovative and promising approaches on how to address gaps and fully harness the potential of the three domains of learning in order to achieve the 2030 Agenda and in particular Target 4.7, which relates to ESD and GCED.

The Forum was followed by the final meeting of the Global Action Programme (GAP) Partner Networks to review and analyse the  five years  of the GAP's function and actions.

As the UNESCO Assist.DG, Stefania Giannini, pointed out in the opening, "the forum takes place at a significant time" given that on July 9, the UN High Level Political Forum in New York will review SDG4 for the first time since its adoption in 2015. Actually, the report on SDG4 that will be presented in NY  was released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, and presents the latest results for the official global monitoring indicators, including simplified explanations of their definitions, data sources and interpretation.  It is accessible here.

Read more about the UNESCO Forum here

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The Delta Po Biosphere Reserve (Italy) organize an “International School on birdwatching and ecotourism” from Monday 7th to Friday 11th of October 2019, in Comacchio (FE) and the surrounding area.

Delta Po has a long and valid experience in the field of birdwatching and with this school the Biosphere Reserve would like to share its specific knowledge to the MAB network mainly and mainly to those natural areas which wish to create or enhance an eco-touristic strategy based on birdwatching.

As you can see in the call for application the school is structured both in lessons and in visits on the territory with birdwatching as core. On one hand the experts on ecotourism and birdwatching include professors or professional photographers; on the other, the local enterprises involved will bring their own experiences and know-how, accompanying the participants during the visits.

Main target participants are: Administrators and officers of Public Administrations in territories and natural areas where birdwatching and ecotourism can be developed; Directors or employees in tourist destination management organization (DMO) interested in developing birdwatching and ecotourism; Tourist operators already operating in the field of birdwatching and ecotourism who wish to improve or tourist operators who wish to diversify their activities in the field of birdwatching and ecotourism.

Those interested, please note that, early October is one of the best periods to live the birdwatching experience in Delta Po because thousands of birds stop there while they are moving from north Europe to Africa.

Deadline for applications: 13 September 2019.

For any further information, please  contact Mr Filippo Lenzerini at filippo[@]punto3.it


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World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of the ocean for our survival and for the planet, and our individual and collective duty to use its resources sustainably.

Find here a wealth of educational resources to get involved and celebrate the world ocean day 2019, and get involved: 


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Let’s #BeatAirPollution!

For this year’s World Environment Day, UN Environment will be calling on everyone, everywhere to come together to Beat Air Pollution, which is now the biggest public health crisis on the planet.

Sequel to last year’s fight to BeatPlasticPollution, UN Environment wishes to mobilise schools to take actions against air pollution so that children can learn and grow in the healthier environment.

Attached here is a very brief guide (PDF) on what they can do and how to register in order to show off their proud actions.

We encourage schools all around the worls to REGISTER online ANY actions to beat air pollution (link here).

More about the World Environment Day 2019: https://www.worldenvironmentday.global/

Please share this to spread environmental awareness, spirit and motivation!

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Help Your Students Spot False News
A collection of resources from around the BBC to help your students spot fake news and false information. This content explores the social, political and economic impact of news reporting, and the skills needed to analyse and critically evaluate information across a range of media.

A collection of resources from around the BBC to help your students to spot fake news and false information. This content explores the social, political and economic impact of news reporting, and the skills needed to analyse and critically evaluate information across a range of media.

You can find resources for a range of students' age.



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The Council of Europe's film ”Beat Bullying” demonstrates the harmful effects of bullying and highlights how citizenship education programmes can equip children with the necessary understanding, skills and confidence they need to help stop bullying and violence at school.

Watch the 10 min Video here:


Educational Material Prepared by CoE
Democracy and Human Rights Starts with us
Demogratic Governance of Schools
Passport to your rights
I have rights, you have rights, he/she has rights
The campaign "no hate speach" movement
These and other materials can be found at:

If you are an educator, you may be intersted in the following Educational Material Prepared by CoE:

  • Democracy and Human Rights Starts with us
  • Demogratic Governance of Schools
  • Compasito
  • Passport to your rights
  • I have rights, you have rights, he/she has rights
  • The campaign "no hate speach" movement

These and other teaching resources can be found at:



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This report aims to help the next generation learn the right things in the right way. It begins by setting out why a learning revolution is needed, based on interviews with thinkers, educators, learners and policy makers. It then explores the opportunities and ideas that could be a basis for the coalitions needed to deliver change. It concludes by setting out nine global learning goals, across knowledge, skills and character to help deliver the transformation of learning.

Be Kind, Curious and Brave - A Survival Guide  to the 21st Century.

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