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The UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development has launched a guidebook on embedding concepts of sustainability in school manuals for core subjects: "Textbooks for Sustainable Development: A Guide to Embedding". It 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.

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There has been a strong focus in recent years on the promotion of citizenship education, as a result of the increasing threats to fundamental values such as peace, equality and human rights Europe is faced with, and several countries are making changes to their policies in this area. But what is citizenship education? How is it taught? How are students evaluated? Can citizenship skills be developed outside the classroom? What training and support do teachers receive?

Acess the full report or the highlights https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/mwikis/eurydice/index.php/Publications:Citizenship_Education_at_School_in_Europe_%E2%80%93_2017

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The 24 powerful ideas below are recommended by educators, for educators, as part of the TED-Ed Innovative Educator program.

To get inspired by innovations that matter from educators around the world, read on:


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The UN Regional Information Centre (UNRIC) developed a board game called ‘Go-Goals!’ to teach children about the SDGs. It is available through a free download that allows the user to print the instructions, question cards, and game board and pieces.

Intended primarily for children aged 8-10, the game aims to help children understand the Goals, how they impact their lives and how they can help achieve them.

The game is available in English, French, German and Spanish, with additional versions being produced in Chinese, Dutch and Italian. [SDG Game Website]

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Here is a piece from QUARTZ on how tech and online learning is changing the higher education scene in North America. This is an interesting and thought-provoking piece, according to which, higher education in the future will be a continuum of services.


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The World Teachers’ Day is held annually on 5 October since 1994 to commemorate the anniversary of the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. The 1966 Recommendation constitutes the main reference framework for addressing teachers’ rights and responsibilities on a global scale.


This year the Teachers’ Day will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Higher-Education Teaching Personnel; teaching personnel at the higher education sector  are often overlooked in discussions concerning the status of teachers. Like teachers at pre-primary, primary, and secondary levels, teaching in higher education is a profession requiring expert knowledge, specialized skills, and pedagogical competence.


World Teachers’ Day 2017 will be celebrated under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers”, echoing the 2015 theme that followed the adoption of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs)(link is external) when teacher empowerment was reaffirmed as a top priority in all education and development strategies.

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Everyone agrees that inclusion is hard, that reaching the poorest and most marginalised is difficult. The layers and reinforcing cycles of exclusion defy the conventional development project approach. Something else, something qualitatively different is needed.

Many organisations, large and small, are tackling the deep challenges of exclusion and coming up with creative, innovative and workable solutions that are putting into practice the policies and strategies that everyone is talking about.

This Barefoot Guide, written by 34 practitioners from 16 different countries on all continents makes many of these successful approaches and solutions more visible.

Read more: http://www.barefootguide.org/barefoot-guide-5---inclusive-development.html

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Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc.

Which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind compelling.Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work at home (or, “homework”). It does this by taking typical classroom situations–the introduction of new material, demonstrating a procedure, etc.), and offering alternatives to traditional homework assignments.

In fact, most of them are alternatives to homework altogether, including group brainstorming, modeling/think-alouds, or even the iconic pop-quiz. Food for thought, yes?

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The big idea here is to use the first day (or week or month) to get to know the right things about your students.How relevant are these 12 questions depends on the student, their grade level, how articulate they are, how comfortable they are with thinking about thinking, and so on. Use at your own discretion, of course.

(TIP: Many of these questions are appropriate for introdiction phase of teachers' seminars!).

12 Questions To Ask Your Students On The First Day Of School

1. What do you love? What are you most proud of?

2. When are you at your best as a person? Student? Friend? Brother/sister?

3. How do you respond–emotionally, practically, etc.–when you’re challenged?

4. What do you need from me to be successful this year?

5. What does it mean to ‘understand’ something?

6. What should school ‘do’ for you?

7. What should you do with the things you know?

8. Are you a picky reader? What are your strengths as a reader (or ‘scientist’ or musician or mathematician, etc)?

9. Who are your heroes and why?

10. What do you want to learn about this year? What are you curious about? What can a person do with curiosity?

11. When are you most creative? Why do you think that might be?

12. What do you want me to know about you? What should I be asking you but I’m not?

Bonus: Do you think you’re a good student? A good learner? Is there a difference?


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A recommended resource : Read the powerful story from a teacher of rethinking schools that helped 3rd graders (8-9 yrs old students) understand the global struggle for climate justice.


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