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We look back at last year’s developments by featuring insights from key reports and events that will be influencing the international education landscape in the coming year. Among the main issues, the urgent need to address the global learning crisis - according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistic more than 617 million children and young people still lack basic literacy and numeracy skills. The ongoing refugee and migrant crisis calls for additional policy efforts to tackle the challenges it presents for education systems. At the global level, a key issue is that refugee education remains underfunded (GEM Report, 2018). Finally, making available timely and robust data at a national, regional, and international level is fundamental to the progress towards SDG 4, from pre-primary to tertiary and adult education level.

We look back at last year’s developments by featuring insights from key reports and events that will be influencing the international education landscape in the coming year. Among the main issues, the urgent need to address the global learning crisis - according to the UNESCO Institute for Statistic more than 617 million children and young people still lack basic literacy and numeracy skills.

The ongoing refugee and migrant crisis calls for additional policy efforts to tackle the challenges it presents for education systems. At the global level, a key issue is that refugee education remains underfunded (GEM Report, 2018). Finally, making available timely and robust data at a national, regional, and international level is fundamental to the progress towards SDG 4, from pre-primary to tertiary and adult education level.

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New, independent observations from ocean buoys and other data sources show Earth's oceans are warming at a rate that's about 40% faster than indicated in the 2013 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report.

According to the scientists "Just like the oceans buffer the rate of warming, they would also similarly buffer the rate of cooling in a world where we had net-negative emissions"

https://www.axios.com/ocean-heat-climbing-40-percent-faster-carbon-removal-e6a101ee-4488-4f52-ad4c-75b57b8529fe.html?ct=t(01_a8inea_Newsletter12_17_2013_COPY_01)

 
 
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An interactive guide for educators, students, and advocates that explores how food systems and our changing climate interact, and how personal choices can make a difference.

It is available as a free iBook for Mac and iPad users.

Get it on Ibooks
A web version is available for all computers and tablets:

A web version is available for all computers and tablets.

Read more: https://www.ecoliteracy.org/download/understanding-food-and-climate-change-interactive-guide

 

 
 
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Bringing together in Brussels from 3 to 5 December Ministers and  representatives of more than 60 countries, multilateral organizations, civil society, the teaching profession, youth and the private sector, UNESCO as the UN lead Agency for education in the 2030 Agenda, sought consensus to strengthen collective action to achieve SDG 4 and reinforce global political commitment to education.
The Brussels Declaration, as the final outcome statement of the Ministerial and the Steering Committee meeting, was adopted on 5 December 2018 at the UNESCO convened Global Education Meeting, setting the course for education for the next four years through 8 priority areas:
1. Making education and training systems more equitable and inclusive “leaving no one behind”
2. Eradicating illiteracy
3. Including migrants, displaced persons and refugees in our education and training systems
4. Providing quality gender-responsive education and training
5. Strengthening education for global citizenship and for sustainable development
6. Providing open, flexible and responsive education and training systems to meet new skill needs
7. Improving teachers, educators, trainers and school leaders
8. Increasing investment in education
President of ECOSOC, HE Ambassador Inga Rhonda King said, “whether in an advanced economy, or in a less developed one, learners must be equipped with the necessary skills to navigate unexpected challenges ahead. The skills mismatch is a global one, calling for more inclusive and future focused quality education and training systems”.
Stefania Giannini, Assistant-Director General for Education at UNESCO said, “it is time to recall the big challenges that remain, and the need to tackle them more effectively. First, a strong political will, second a collective action, third a huge increase of resources. This is the only way to keep the promises we have made: leaving no one behind”.

 

Global Education Meeting, Brussels, 3-5 December 2018

Bringing together in Brussels from 3 to 5 December Ministers and  representatives of more than 60 countries, multilateral organizations, civil society, the teaching profession, youth and the private sector, UNESCO as the UN lead Agency for education in the 2030 Agenda, sought consensus to strengthen collective action to achieve SDG 4 and reinforce global political commitment to education. The Brussels Declaration, as the final outcome statement of the Ministerial and the Steering Committee meeting, was adopted on 5 December 2018 at the UNESCO convened Global Education Meeting, setting the course for education for the next four years through 8 priority areas:

1. Making education and training systems more equitable and inclusive “leaving no one behind”

2. Eradicating illiteracy

3. Including migrants, displaced persons and refugees in our education and training systems

4. Providing quality gender-responsive education and training

5. Strengthening education for global citizenship and for sustainable development

6. Providing open, flexible and responsive education and training systems to meet new skill needs

7. Improving teachers, educators, trainers and school leaders

8. Increasing investment in education

Read more about the meeting here https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/globaleducationmeeting2018

and find herewith the link to the Brussels Declaration adopted on December the 5th

 

View also a recent video clip on Education by UNESCO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Efg8WK8O3qg&feature=youtu.be

 
 
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UNESCO is pleased to announce that proposal submissions for Mobile Learning Week are now open. MLW 2019 will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from 4 to 8 March 2019.

To submit a proposal to present at the event, please click on the appropriate link below. Proposals are due Friday, 11 January 2019 and should relate to the overaching theme: 'Augmented human intelligence and humanity' and to one of the following subthemes:

Subthemes
1. Ensuring inclusive and equitable use of AI in education
2. Leveraging AI to enhance education and learning
3. Promoting skills development for jobs and life in the AI era
4. Safeguarding transparent and auditable use of education data

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A new unique Resource Bank on all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) designed for educators, education planners and practitioners. It includes hundreds of pedagogical materials, ideas for classroom, multimedia resources and more, detailing how best to integrate Education for Sustainable Development into teaching and learning.

It is highly recomended that you browse in the resources (categorised per SDG). It is hard not to find something compatible to your level, your tastes and educational needs.


https://en.unesco.org/themes/education/sdgs/material

 
 
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Calling SDG advocates, creators, influencers and stakeholders to co-design the NEXT Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development.

The Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development features a range of sessions, innovations and performances, all contributing to the Festival experience.

In order to create a diverse, dynamic and inclusive event for the international SDG community, the UN SDG Action Campaign are calling for sessions, innovations, films, artist contributions and will strive to recognise and celebrate some of the greatest SDG achievements through the SDG Action Awards!

Read more how YOU can CO-DESIGN the program:  https://globalfestivalofaction.org/program/

If you want to be part of the agenda, the deadline to submit your idea is 14 Jan 2019!


 
 
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There are two aspects to learning sustainability – learning about the issue and engaging with the issue. 
The Eco-Schools programme empowers children to live in a world that is connected and changing, a world that they will engage with as adults.
This publication aims to facilitate the team involved with the implementation of the Eco-Schools – teachers, students, school management, National Operators and other stakeholders who are working with teachers to understand how the Eco-Schools programme contributes in meeting the SDG targets.

 
 
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When was the last time you sat down with a pencil and paper and drew something? For many of us the answer is high school art class or that Paint and Sip evening you went to a while back. Aside from professionals and a few dedicated hobbyists, few of us make time for sketching, doodling, or any other form of visual art in our lives.

But, according to a fascinating new study, the right answer is: whenever the last time was that you tried to learn something new. Put away the highlighter (really, science shows they're worse than useless) and skip the flash cards. The fastest way to cram new information into your brain is by drawing it, concludes the research.

You're probably not using the best, research-backed study technique ...

 

 
 
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The latest edition of the Learning Teacher Network magazine has just been published. There are interesting articles  on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the issue. Check it out.

 

 
 
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