10.06.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

UNESCO Assistant Director General for Education addresses ESD teacher educators in Zambia

UNESCO Assistant Director General for Education, Dr. Qian Tang has reminded teacher educators of their important role in contributing to sustainable development.

Addressing delegates from 27 Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) from Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Namibia as well as members of the countries’ Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) reference groups at a teacher educators action learning workshop in Lusaka, Zambia on 8th June 2017, Dr. Tang said teacher educators are change agents who contribute significantly to sustainable development.

He acknowledged the achievements of the action learning workshop and commended delegates for establishing ESD best practices in Southern Africa.

The four-day workshop was part of the “Sustainability Starts with Teachers” project, a UNESCO international flagship action learning programme of the Global Action Plan on ESD. It is being implemented by UNESCO ROSA, in partnership with the Southern African Universities Association (SARUA), Rhodes University and the Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD).

Dr. Tang said the rest of the world can learn from “Sustainability Starts with Teachers” project and urged delegates to continue playing a positive role as change agents.

The “Sustainability starts with teachers” project supports teacher educators from 60 Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) in nine countries to work on exemplary ESD change projects that will model best practice for ESD in the SADC region, on the African continent and internationally. It also offers a learning network for these 60 southern African TEIs to drive curriculum innovation and transformation of secondary teacher education towards sustainability.

Workshop delegates worked through the course programme, while continuously reflecting on a change project that they were asked to define prior to the workshop. As the workshop progressed, delegates continue to improve these change projects which they will share with their communities of practice when back home.

The teacher educators who attended the workshop have a very important role – they were identified as change agents in their respective TEIs and their change projects remain ‘works in progress’ which will be evaluated in March 2018.

The delegates also visited a Faecal Sludge Management plant designed by a young engineer, Mr. Kameya Kasweka. His project is about water and sanitation for the urban poor.

For more information, please contact: p.awopegba(at)unesco.org

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