12.04.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Education for Sustainable Development training course and materials for secondary school teacher educators in Southern Africa validated

Workshop participants

The Southern Africa Regional Reference Group on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) met in Johannesburg, South Africa from 5-6 April 2017 and validated the ESD training course and materials for secondary school teacher educators.

Addressing the Reference Group at the validation workshop, UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA), Director and Representative, Professor Hubert Gijzen, emphasised the need to build partnerships to mainstream knowledge, values, attitudes and skills on ESD into teacher development programmes in the region. 

The Reference Group that consists of representatives from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, reflected on the elaborated training course materials and provided critical assessment (including feedback and suggestions) of the materials prepared. The need to ensure contextualized stories and characters was emphasized.

The suggestions proposed by the reference group will help in finalizing the course materials for the training programmes planned for June and July 2017. These training will consist of two-week long, regional workshops, featuring 30 participants (proportionally selected from 60 Teacher Educational Institutions from Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe).

The first workshop is tentatively set for Zambia from 5-10 June 2017 and will be attended by representatives from Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The second one will take place in Swaziland from 17-22 July 2017 and attended by representatives from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Swaziland.  

UNESCO ROSA organized the validation workshop in collaboration with the Southern African Universities Association (SARUA). This was part of the Japanese Funds-in-Trust (JFIT) project entitled “Sustainability Starts with Teachers”. 

For more information, please contact: p.awopegba(at)unesco.org or c.medel-anonuevo(at)unesco.org 




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