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ation: Meeting our commitments shows that youth play a vital role holding governments responsible for equitable quality education.
The fifth GEM Youth Report not only considers how accountability applies to, and can be applied by, young people, but also shares stories from notable young people around the world who are helping to hold their governments to account for quality, equitable education.


The 2017-2018 YOUTH GEM Report on "Accountability in Education: Meeting our commitments" was released!!

The report shows that youth play a vital role holding governments responsible for equitable quality education.

It is the fifth GEM Youth Report that has been prepared; It focuses on how accountability applies to, and can be applied by, young people, through sharing stories from notable young people around the world who are helping to hold their governments to account for quality, equitable education.

The full report can be accessed here

while further information can be found at http://gem-report-2017.unesco.org/en/youth-report/


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The UNESCO General Conference (Nov 2017) adopted an updated Strategy for Action on Climate Change and a global Declaration of Ethical Principles in Relation to Climate Change, which aims to help governments, businesses, and civil society mobilize people around shared values on climate change.

This Declaration sets out a shortlist of the globally-agreed ethical principles that should guide decision-making and policy-making at all levels and help mobilize people to address climate change.

Here is the text in many languages.


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20 November, marks the day in which the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) in 1989. The UN calls on countries to observe Universal Children’s Day as a day to acknowledge the importance of actively promoting the welfare of the world’s children.


If you would like some ideas to help your school celebrate Universal Children’s Day you could also browse the following websites

UNICEF’s dedicated website how to get involved in Children’s day. Available here

On Global Dimension database under the topics of Play and toys or Child rights. Read an article on Child Labour which provides an introduction to this issue.

UNA-UK also has some teaching resources including activities for primary and secondary school age children. Available here.

OXFAM’s More or less equal. Resources for 11-16 year olds exploring Young Lives in an unequal world. Available here.

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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.

Read more on the initiative.

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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.

Read more about the World Education Day 2017 at



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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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