2 April 2009

Special Event "The forgotten priority: Promoting gender equality in ESD"

Organizer: UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, Bangkok
Time: 13.30 - 14.30h
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Abstract: The side event aimed to examine how gender can be mainstreamed and gender equality promoted in the current development of ESD and to explore applicable tools that can assist stakeholders in assessing and increasing the gender sensitivity of their current strategic planning of ESD. While focusing on observations from the Asia-Pacific region, the event drew upon experiences from other regions. Key speakers representing different regions presented showcase examples of how gender equality can be successfully addressed in the context of ESD. Furthermore, a conceptual “framework” including practical strategies and tools for the purpose of assessing the gender sensitivity of current educational planning and policymaking for ESD in a global context was presented and discussed.

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Special Event "Synergies between Intangible Cultural Heritage and ESD"

Organizer: Austrian Commission for UNESCO/National Agency for the Intangible Cultural Heritage
Time: 13.30 - 14.30h

Abstract: This special event reflected on whether DESD has taken sufficient account of cultural issues. It showcased some inspiring examples of integrating culture into ESD, and also point to valuable synergies.

© Producing “Heilsam” – traditional method to make pitch oil for salubrious purposes

Synergies between Intangible Cultural Heritage and ESD – Austrian experiences

It has been frequently illustrated that Intangible Cultural Heritage containing sustainable behaviour is a powerful and yet underestimated tool to promote ESD locally. However, neither the public authorities nor academia have so far paid due consideration to the close connection of transmitting indigenous knowledge, environmental changes, and the respectful use of local resources. Intangible cultural heritage, passed on through generations, may provide answers to current questions about managing and preventing future challenges.

Austria shared its established focus subjects defined by “knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe” in the UNESCO-Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Speaker: Ms Maria Walcher, Head of the Austrian National Agency of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

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The Canoe is the People CD-ROM

Indigenous navigational practices underpin many ocean voyages in the Pacific, and form an important component of local identity. UNESCO’s “The Canoe is the People: Indigenous Navigation in the Pacific” CD-ROM is a unique multimedia tool that explores this knowledge. A Maori version, “He Waka He Tangata”, is also available. A Learning Resource Pack, with the CD-ROM, a teacher’s guide, curriculum and lesson plans, will be piloted in Pacific Schools in 2009. 

Speaker: Ms Konai Thaman, University of the South Pacific

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Cultural mapping in Africa

UNESCO supports cultural mapping as a methodology for the elucidation of indigenous knowledge, creating media through which different cultural systems can enter into dialogue. UNESCO supports pilot projects, information exchange and training to reinforce the awareness of decision makers with responsibility in ESD, highlighting the technique’s potential for stimulating the transmission of indigenous knowledge and safeguarding intangible heritage.

Speaker: Kanyinke Paul Sena, Dorobo Trust & IPACC, Kenya

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Launch of UNESCO publication

'Learning and Knowing in Indigenous Societies Today'

 

Special Event "Integrating the values and principles of sustainability into education; the promise of the Earth Charter"

Organizer: Earth Charter International
Time: 13.30 - 14.30h

Abstract: According to UNESCO Plan of Implementation, the overall goal of the DESD is to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning.

In 2003, UNESCO adopted a resolution “recognizing the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development.”

Some of the questions that were addressed in this session were:

  • What are the values and principles of sustainability that should be integrated into education and learning?
  • How can we integrate values of sustainability into education?
  • How can the Earth Charter be used to advance processes of ESD and dialogue on shared sustainability values?

This was an interactive session that first engaged the audience in answering the above questions, then hearing the feedback from the speakers.

Speakers:
Peter Blaze Corcoran, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA
Moacir Gadotti, Paulo Freire Institute, Brazil
Alejandrina Mata, Vice Minister of Education, Costa Rica
Kartikeya Sarabbhai, Center for Environment Education, India

 

Special Event: "Integrating the values and principles of sustainability into education; the promise of the Earth Charter"

Organizer: Earth Charter International

Time: 13.30 - 14.30h

Room: Wasserwerk (Waterworks)

Abstract: According to UNESCO Plan of Implementation, the overall goal of the DESD is to integrate the principles, values and practices of sustainable development into all aspects of education and learning. In 2003, UNESCO adopted a resolution “recognizing the Earth Charter as an important ethical framework for sustainable development.”

Some of the questions that will be addressed in this session will be:

  • What are the values and principles of sustainability that should be integrated into education and learning?
  • How can we integrate values of sustainability into education?
  • How can the Earth Charter be used to advance processes of ESD and dialogue on shared sustainability values?

This will be an interactive session that will first engage the audience in answering the above questions, then hearing the feedback from the speakers.

Speakers:
Peter Blaze Corcoran, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA
Moacir Gadotti, Paulo Freire Institute, Brazil
Alejandrina Mata, Vice Minister of Education, Costa Rica
Kartikeya Sarabbhai, Center for Environment Education, India

Moderator:
Mirian Vilela, Earth Charter International

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