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Online Campus for Global Citizenship Education

ASIA-PACIFIC CENTRE OF EDUCATION FORINTERNATIONAL UNDERSTANDING
(APCEIU
)

APCEIU invites youto GCED ONLINE CAMPUS, our e-learning platform on
Global Citizenship Education (GCED)! The platform providesnot only GCED
online courses but also special lectures by speakers andprofessionals
from around the world. These courses and lectures are free ofcharge and
we encourage anyone who's interested in GCED toparticipate.

We would like to bring to your attention that the CALL FORAPPLICATIONS
FOR GCED ONLINE COURSES is now open! Please refer to Courseinformation
below for more details.

AvailableCourses:

CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FOR GCED EDUCATORS:PERSPECTIVES, PURPOSES AND PRACTICES

Instructor: Virginia Cawagas

Application period: 11-27 May 2018

Learning period 3-30 June 2018


This course provides a basic introduction to the principles,conceptual
underpinnings, and creative design of curricula relevant to
transformative education, especially GCED in both formal andnon-formal
contexts. Emphasis is placed on curriculum developmentapproaches that
promote conflict transformation, transformative learning,critical
pedagogy, and education for a holistic culture of peace.Participants of
the course will explore practical ideas for appropriate,effective and
creative teaching of GCED-related curricula for all levels offormal
schooling, non-formal peace education programmes ofgovernment and
nongovernment agencies and community organizations.

 

GLOBAL JUSTICE AND PEACEBUILDING

Instructor: Toh Swee-Hin

Application Period: 16 April -23 May2018

Learning Period: 28 May -24 June 2018


This course seeks to provide an overview of the relationshipbetween conflicts and social justice at local and global levels as wellas peacebuilding initiatives to transform such conflicts in both Southand
North contexts.  It identifies structural violence or social andeconomic inequalities and injustices as one of the root causes of global
and local (glocal) conflicts  and also exploresstrategies whereby
nations and their citizens can live together with justice andcompassion
to build a culture of peace through personal and socialaction. Drawing
on case studies in diverse regions in the Global South, four specific
themes or sectors will be critically examined, includingparadigms of
development and globalization, the rural poor, women andchildren, and
indigenous peoples.

 

Upcoming Special Lectures

UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP AND GCED Open in May


GCED PEDAGOGY: COMMUNITY-BASED LEARNING Open in June

 

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First Lady Credits Efforts to Guarantee Education for Sustainable Development in Uganda

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has appreciated various stakeholders across the government and non-government divide for striving to guarantee that Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) is realized in Uganda.

She was opening a Mid-term review meeting of Uganda's National Action Plan on Education for Sustainable Development for the period 2015 to 2020. The meeting organized by Uganda National Commission for UNESCO was held at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on Wednesday 28th March 2018.

The National Action Plan on ESD is in pursuit of the UN Global Action Plan on Education for sustainable development which is about life-long learning and an integral part of quality.

The First Lady commended the partnership between Government and other stakeholders in the ESD strategy for Uganda saying this will aid to leverage and harness all efforts, talents and resources needed to promote the objectives and activities of ESD in the country.

"It is only through partnerships that we will be able to achieve Government commitments," she observed.

She emphasized the relevancy of the national strategy for ESD for example infuse values training in the education system. She said that through the Curriculum review, the education and learning system in Uganda is being tailored towards promoting awareness, practices, values, attitudes and behavior consistent with sustainable development including environmental protection.

She pointed out that environmental sustainability is still a challenge in the country and expressed delight that schools are now involved in saving the environment.

"We are not doing much to sustain our environment at the family level, in the communities and even in schools. The more our country becomes urbanized, the more our environment is threatened by destruction," she argued.

She said she believes the ESD policy will provide the much-needed framework to make Uganda's education system holistic and strategically contribute to the attainment of Uganda’s Vision 2040.

The Chairperson National Committee for the Global Action Plan on ESD in Uganda Augustine Omare Okurut reported that the National ESD Policy has already been approved by the Ministry of Education and Sports Top Management and now awaits being presented to Cabinet. He proposed that the Ministry of Education and Sports takes the lead in the promotion of ESD by integrating it into the existing curriculum, infusing it across learning areas and involving everyone in the school and community.

The Secretary General Uganda National Commission for UNESCO Rosie Agoi explained that ESD is holistic and transformational education which addresses learning content and outcomes, pedagogy and the learning environment and it empowers learners with values, knowledge and skills to address social, economic and environmental challenges to transform society. She said the ESD Policy will address some of the challenges of implementing ESD in the country such as lack of awareness, funding and coordination of activities as well as achieving the objectives of the Global Action Plan on ESD.

The ESD review meeting attracted a cross section of delegates including experts, representatives from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, civil society, faith-based institutions, academia, media, plus champions and promoters of Education for Sustainable Development among others.

A consortium of NGOs, supported by the National Commission for UNESCO (UNATCOM), Conservation Efforts for Community Development (CECOD) and Foundation for Environment Education International (FEE) to implement the Eco-Schools Project in Primary Schools, also exhibited demonstrations of how ESD is being promoted in schools and the communities.

 

Education Minister Welcomes Shs2Billion Norwegian Initiative to Have More Qualified Teachers

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports Mrs. Janet Museveni has welcomed the 'New Norwegian Teacher Initiative' a project that is focused on strengthening Multi-Partner Cooperation to support the teacher policy and improve learning.

The Government of Norway funded 2-year project aims at facilitating the realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 target and its central role in quality learning. SDG4 requires to substantially increase the supply of qualified teachers by 2030.

The project will be implemented in Uganda with effect from June 2018 by UNESCO Teachers' Task Force, as the overall coordinating agency, in partnership with the World Bank, UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO and Education International.

It will support the implementation of the thematic areas in Uganda's National Teacher Policy.

Mrs. Janet Museveni on Tuesday met with the scoping mission team for the project who were in the country to identify and work with the Education Ministry, key partners and stakeholders to set the groundwork for the project implementation and identify relevant project initiatives.

She appreciated the project saying it comes at an appropriate time when Uganda is striving to achieve quality and inclusive education for all children and having qualified teachers is key to this.

She pointed out a challenge of some teachers who refrain from working in rural areas and said Uganda can learn from other countries' experiences on what incentives to apply in such a situation. "I want to see this project succeed in Uganda and all learners across the country accessing qualified teachers and quality education," she said.

Mrs. Janet Museveni pledged the Government's and her Ministry's support towards the success of the project. The mission team was led by Dr. Edem Adubra who is the Chief of Section for Teacher Development and Head of the Secretariat of the International Task Force on Teachers in the Division for Support and Coordination of Education 2030 for UNESCO Headquarters in Paris France. Other members included Nikolina Postic from the ILO Headquarters in Geneva Switzerland, Lucy Barimbui from Education International and Dr. Victoria Kisaakye Kanobe from UNESCO Kampala Office.

In his brief about the project Dr. Edem Adera explained that Uganda is among the four beneficiary countries to this New Norwegian Teacher Initiative in its pilot phase. Others are Burkina Faso, Ghana and Malawi and each target country will receive US$ 584,800 (Shs2,165,925,925) for the project.

He added that the Norwegian Government wants emphasis on the quality of teachers and the project will ensure improved coordination among partner organizations and strengthened national teacher policies that impact teaching and learning. It will also support the target countries to make significant progress in closing the teachers' gaps, ensuring equitable allocation of teachers, their training and appropriate management, plus addressing the needs of the marginalized teachers such as those in crisis areas.

He said UNESCO's will use their coordination role for this project to underscore what the organization does globally.

State Minister for Higher Education Dr.  John Chrysostom Muyingo said teacher policy and teacher education is very important and having a helping hand will contribute to Uganda's effort to address many of the challenges arising from unqualified teachers.

The meeting at State House Nakasero was also attended by the Education and Sports' Under Secretary for Finance and Administration Aggrey Kibenge, the Commissioner Teacher/Tutor, Instructor Education and Training (TIET) Dr. Jane Egau Okou, and Rosie Agoi the Secretary General Uganda National Commission for UNESCO (UNATCOM).

 Courtesy of the Kampala Post.

Twelve new members elected to World Heritage Committee

The 21st General Assembly of the States Partiesto the World Heritage Convention met on 14 and15 November 2017 at UNESCOHeadquarters in Paris, France, convening the 193 States Parties to the WorldHeritage Convention, under the chairmanship of H.E. Mr Adrian Cioroianu,Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Romania to UNESCO.

During the session, the GeneralAssembly elected twelve new members to the World Heritage Committee: Australia,Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Guatemala, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan,Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain and Uganda.

The current composition of the WorldHeritage Committee is therefore as follows:

Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Cuba, Guatemala, Hungary, Indonesia, Kuwait,

 Kyrgyzstan, Norway, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Spain, Tunisia, Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Uganda elected to serve on the World Heritage Committee

          In summary:

There are three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Uganda; two of them are National Parks; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park. The other is a cultural site, Kasubi Tombs (Amasiro), which is presently under reconstruction following a 2010 fire.

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