19.01.2018 - UNESCO Office in Nairobi

UNESCO organizes Ethics Teachers' Training Course in Uganda

Participants of the Ethics Teachers' Training Course in Uganda @Uganda National Commission for UNESCO

UNESCO organized the first Ethics Teachers’ Training Course (ETTC) in Uganda, from 27 November to 1 December 2017, hosted by Martyr University in Nkozi.

UNESCO organized the first Ethics Teachers’ Training Course (ETTC) in Uganda, from 27 November to 1 December 2017, hosted by Martyr University in Nkozi.

In the past four years, Uganda is the 4th country in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region to host the ETTC after Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa” highlights Dr. Abdul Rahman Lamin, Programme Specialist in Social and Human Sciences at the UNESCO Regional Office for Eastern Africa. “Our mission is to contribute to building a strong network of experts in the region, who can contribute to global debates on Bioethics and the ethics of science and technology, on the one hand, and on the other, to popularize the subject and make it part of the public conversation in Member countries, he added.

The ETTC is designed to advance pedagogical capacity for ethics teaching, and improve the quality of ethics education around the world.
The Course is conducted by a team of international and local facilitator with extensive experience in ethics education, and is based on a training module developed by UNESCO, which is based on the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights, adopted by Member States in 2005. The module contains the following key components: Global Perspective on Ethics Teaching: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities; The UNESCO Core Curriculum as a Tool for Promoting Quality Ethics Education; Ethics Teaching in Action: What and How to Teach (A Model Lesson); Workshop: Sharing Experiences in Ethics Teaching from the Local perspectives; Classroom Communication: Pedagogy and Psychology of Ethics Teaching; Simulated Teaching Presentations by Participants Followed by feedback from the Course Instructors

The team of experts facilitating the course included Professor Leonardo D. De Castro, from the Department of Philosophy of the University of the Philippines, Dr. Masoud Nassor, coordinator and lecturer in Philosophy and Applied Ethics at the University of Namibia, Professor. Obijiofor Aginam, Deputy Director of the United Nations University‘s International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), based in Malaysia, and Professor Julius Kipkemboi Dear of the Faculty of Science, and Coordinator of the UNESCO Regional Documentation and Research Center on Bioethics at Egerton University,- Kenya. In all, 21 participants from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, ranging from medicine to law and philosophy took the course, with 9 female and 12 male. Even though the main target country was Uganda, participants were however drawn from 4 countries in both Eastern and Southern Africa, namely; Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.

UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme contributes to all three main functions of the Organization These are standard setting, which involves developing internationally agreed normative frameworks to guide policymaking in member states; capacity building, which involves enhancing the ethics infrastructure in member states so that they will be able to cope better with the ethical issues emerging from the application and development of science and technology; and finally awareness-raising which involves supporting public debates on ethical issues so that all persons involved will have a better understanding of the moral choices at stake in a globalized world.

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