Education which equips every learner with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to care for each other and the planet and act for the future was at the centre of the 5th UNESCO Forum on transformative education for sustainable development, global citizenship, health and well-being.
From 29 November to 1 December 2021, UNESCO and APCEIU convened over 1600 experts and practitioners in the virtual Forum hosted by the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.
“Education should play the role of building peace in the minds of men and women of future generations and nurturing mature citizens with a sense of responsibility towards the global challenges we are facing today,” said Ms Eun-hae Yoo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Republic of Korea said in the opening of the Forum.
Launched at the Forum, the Teachers Have Their Say report showed that although the vast majority of teachers regard the themes related to sustainable development and global citizenship as important, nearly a quarter don’t feel ready to teach them.
The global survey of 58,000 teachers conducted by UNESCO and Education International found that although 81% of teachers were interested in learning more about the themes, training opportunities were not always available and half the respondents face challenges in teaching sustainability and global citizenship, typically because they are not familiar with suitable pedagogies.