The Launch of UNESCO’s Ethics Teachers Training Course in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Regard humans as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable humankind to benefit there from.”
This week (7-11 November), ethics educators from around the world are coming together at the Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM) in Kuala Lumpur, to take part in UNESCO’s Ethics Teachers Training Course (ETTC). Held for the first time in the Southeast Asian region, this ETTC is a collaborative effort between IKIM and UNESCO Jakarta Office.
Reflecting the truly global nature of bioethics, the participants from Bangladesh, Belgium, Egypt, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom are sharing experiences and enriching the debates from diverse cultural and faith traditions.
On the first day of the course, a multi-faith roundtable tackled complex questions:
- Is there a direct relation between faith and ethics education?
- How can bioethics be taught in modern societies characterized by cultural and religious pluralism?
- Can ethics education keep pace with the exponential advancements in science and technology?
The Course will feature sessions delivered by the leading ethics education experts, focusing on two important aspects of bioethics: what to teach (content), and how to teach (pedagogy). The Programme of the Course also includes teaching demonstrations by the participants, followed by immediate constructive feedback from the experts and the fellow participants.
The Ethic Teachers Training Course (ETTC) was developed by UNESCO and a group of experts from diverse cultural backgrounds to build the capacity of ethics educators on the methodology and pedagogy behind ethics teaching.
Upcoming ETTC Events:
- ETTC Colombo, Sri Lanka, 20-24 February 2017, in partnership with the Institute for Research and Development (IRD).
- ETTC Surabaya, Indonesia, 24-28 April 2017, in partnership with Airlangga University.
- ETTC New Zealand, 13-17 November 2017, in partnership with the University of Otago Bioethics Center.
For more information on ETTC project, please consult the ETTC Brochure or contact Irakli Khodeli at Jakarta Office of UNESCO (email@example.com).
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