17.10.2013 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

MOET and UNESCO organize Education for Sustainable Development Workshop for primary teachers in Viet Nam

17 October, Ha Noi - Today, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), UNESCO, Associate Prof. Dr. Tran Duc Tuan, Director of the Centre for Research and Promotion of Education for Sustainable Development at Ha Noi National University, national experts and universities, the Viet Nam Man and Biosphere National Committee (MAB) and Live & Learn, a learning network of locally registered non-governmental organizations throughout Asia-Pacific, held an Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Workshop with 26 principals, vice principals and teachers from Ha Noi, Hue, Cat Ba and Nam Dinh to brainstorm on their understanding of ESD and provide recommendations on mainstreaming it in primary school activities.

The workshop is a part of the MOET, UNESCO and Samsung Education for Sustainable Development Initiative, which aims to enhance education system response to contemporary challenges to sustainable development and to integrate ESD into education policies and development plans. By raising awareness of community, media, authorities, parents and school principles, developing e-learning teacher training courses, and developing disaster risk reduction strategies for incorporation into Viet Nam’s heritage site management plans, Viet Nam will shape more resilient and sustainable learning society.

At the opening, Ms. Nguyen Thuy Hong Hong, Deputy Director General of the Department of Teachers and Educational Administrators of MOET, and Ms. Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, reiterated the importance of ESD in the contemporary world and presented some of the characteristics of ESD. Use of e-learning materials was highlighted as a new, efficient way of teaching and learning in education.

During the workshop, participants brainstormed on ESD concepts, identified their training needs in the area and proposed recommendations for mainstreaming ESD into school and extra-curricular activities. Throughout the discussions, participants enhanced their understanding of the importance of integrating ESD into daily teaching practices and identified focus areas of ESD relevant for Viet Nam, including disaster risk reduction, climate change, biodiversity conservation, cultural diversity, gender equality and sexuality education.

As a result of the workshop, teachers’ training needs on ESD were identified, which – along with the recommendations provided with the teachers – will provide important inputs for the development of ESD e-learning courses for primary school teachers under the MOET, UNESCO and Samsung ESD Initiative.

For more information:

please contact Vu Chien Thang, Assistant to the UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, at vc.thang@unesco.org

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