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The recently designated (2017) Biosphere Reserve ‚ÄúTepilora, Rio Posada and Montalbo‚ÄĚ, located in Sardinia Italy fostered a Contest of Ideas among school students to define the BR‚Äôs logo. The competition has been organized during the previous school year with two purposes: gathering ideas from the youth on the future logo of the BR and to raise awareness among schoolchildren and their families to the main objectives of the UNESCO MAB Programme.

The winner of the Contest was Giulia Balvis from Siniscola with the work entitled in Sardinian "Riservas da Vita" which was judged the best in terms of originality, local identity, blending between man and nature as well as from an adaptability of use and flexibility features of the logo. Giulia’s work has been recently entrusted to a graphic designer which developed further the logo.

All works collected from local schools of the Biosphere‚Äôs area during the Contest of Ideas have been recently published on the fb page of the Biosphere Reserve. The originality and the imagination of the girls and boys living the BR ‚ÄúTepilora,Rio Posada e Montalbo‚ÄĚ are now available here: https://www.facebook.com/tepilorarioposadamontalbo.

The competition was a great success, it involved more than 700 students from 11 schools located in the Biosphere Reserve and it involved students from primary classes up to high schools. This project offered them with a motivation to reflect on what are the precious cultural and natural features of the area they live, which need to be protected and enhanced. All these students are now winners of the Contest.

 

 

 
 
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UNESCO‚Äôs Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and the UNESCO Beijing Office are pleased to announce the 2nd MAB Youth Forum, to take place from 15 to 18 September 2019 in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, China. Under the theme ‚ÄėCommitted to Biodiversity‚Äô the forum will mainly work towards the 15th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) which will be held in China in 2020.
On the occasion of its 30th session held in Palembang, Indonesia, in July 2018, the International Coordination Council of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB) expressed its will to strengthen its engagement with Youth and to call for the organization of a new MAB Youth Forum in 2019 as an event closely linked to the preparation of the CBD COP15. Building on the successful experience of the 2017 MAB Youth Forum held in Italy, in the presence of 285 young representatives of Biosphere Reserves from 84 countries, the 2019 MAB Youth Forum will have the main purpose of offering youth an opportunity to engage more concretely in the preparation and running of CBD COP 15, elaborate their contribution to its debates and foster their commitment to the realization of the future they want, being actors of change in their territories.
The 2019 MAB Youth Forum will take place in the Changbaishan Biosphere reserve in China. This Biosphere Reserve is located in the northeast of China on the border with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
The Forum is organized by the UNESCO MAB Programme and  the UNESCO Beijing Office in close cooperation with the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, which will provide most of the support to the young participants. The 2019 MAB Youth Forum, implemented in partnership with the Global Youth Biodiversity Network, was made possible thanks to the support of the Chinese MAB National Committee and of Shimao Property Holdings Limited.
For more information on the application procedures, please visit the official website: https://www.unescomabyouth.org

UNESCO‚Äôs Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and the UNESCO Beijing Office are pleased to announce the 2nd MAB Youth Forum, to take place from 15 to 18 September 2019 in the Changbaishan Biosphere Reserve, China, under the theme ‚ÄėCommitted to Biodiversity‚Äô

The forum will mainly work towards the 15th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 15) which will be held in China in 2020.

The 2019 MYF will have the main purpose of offering youth an opportunity to engage more concretely in the preparation and running of CBD COP 15, elaborate their contribution to its debates and foster their commitment to the realization of the future they want, being actors of change in their territories.

Deadline for registrations: 31 July 2019

More information on the application procedures here: https://www.unescomabyouth.org

 

 

 
 
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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 ‚ÄėChallenges and good practices related to promoting citizenship and values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education‚Äô. The research was conducted in 2018 and included the online surve, among others, on őēducation 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.

 

MEETING COMMITMENTS: ARE COUNTRIES ON TRACK TO ACHIEVE SDG 4?

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 that reviewed the achievements and challenges of Key Partners since the GAP began in 2015 and discussed on-going activities of the Partner Networks until the end of 2019. The findings of the 2015-2018 GAP review were presented in a short publication entitled Education for Sustainable Development: Partners in Action confirming the continuous progress of the Partners, exceeding their initial targets in 4 out of 5 Priority Action Areas: policy, learning environments, educators and communities. Key Partners have spearheaded innovative pedagogies, expanded ESD beyond the classroom into many other kinds of learning settings, and built new partnerships beyond the education sector. In doing so, they have been able to capitalize on the momentum created by the adoption of the SDGs.

As the GAP comes to an end and the new ESD for 2030 framework (adopted by the 206th Executive Board) starts, partners see greater potential for ESD in non-formal and informal education, and at sub-national and local government levels. More guidance and evidence-based resources will allow them to continue to improve the quality and scope of their actions. Key Partners also had the opportunity to provide suggestions to UNESCO on elements for the implementation roadmap of the new ESD for 2030 framework, including on issues such as ESD nationwide initiatives, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy and evidence-based research.

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 ‚ÄúInternational School on birdwatching and ecotourism‚ÄĚ 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: 

https://globaldimension.org.uk/resource/world-oceans-day-2/?fbclid=IwAR0DiU8skZlV3UDHicFQ1CpB6SPP9LL1OkeYXiEgcSBROKeAic-EjEn-OYs

 
 
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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.

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4fRwvHcfr5hYMMltFqvP6qF/help-your-students-spot-false-news

 
 
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