19.02.2013 - UNESCO Office in Brasilia

Seminar in Brasilia discusses Ethics in Basic Education

UNESCO and Serviço Social da Indústria (Social Service for the Industry - SESI) are hosting the Seminar on Ethics in Basic Education on 21 February. Its objective is to promote discussion and to share experience among high level specialists on Moral and Ethics Education. The seminar will gather professionals and educators to talk about the challenges of ethical matters in contemporary education.

The meeting will provide initial subsidies to launch the implementation of the project on Ethics, a UNESCO/SESI partnership for teacher training at SESI schools. The project’s pilot experiences will take place in Distrito Federal and Bahia. The project is to be extended throughout the country.

The project aims at setting off significant changes on SESI schools’ educational process. It leans on a program of internalization of ethical and universal values that allows a shift in the educator’s role that echoes in students’ behaviour and attitude, transforming the school environment.


SESI National Superintendent Director Renato Caporali will launch the seminar at 9:30am followed by a conference by Colombian Bernardo Toro. UNESCO Brasilia Office Director, Lucien Muñoz, will moderate the Moral and Ethics in the Contemporary World roundtable at 10:20am. The roundtable will also be attended by USP (University of São Paulo) professors Renato Janine Ribeiro and Yves de La Taille, as well as the SESI Director himself.

The afternoon will bring speakers José Pastore, Professor of Work Relations at the Faculty of Economy and Administration at USP and President of the Employment and Work Relations Board at Fecomercio/SP, Cláudio Moura Castro, UNESCO Consultant, and William Reese, from International Youth Foundation, among others.

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