Ethics Teachers’ Training Course (ETTC)

Ethics Teachers’ Training Course (ETTC) project is one of the main components of UNESCO’s bioethics capacity-building programme, targeting ethics educators who have recently began teaching, or will soon commence their teaching carriers at various institutions of higher education.

Ethics Teachers' Training Courses are designed to:

  • Introduce the students to the means and resources of teaching ethics;
  • Teach the students the methodologies and methods of teaching ethics;
  • Assess and provide feedback on the students’ demonstrations of teaching skills under the guidance of experienced teachers.

Ethics Teacher Training Courses are conducted by a team composed of international and local experts with extensive experience in ethics education.

More information can also be found in the ETTC Brochure [PDF].


The Course is based on a five-day training module developed by UNESCO in collaboration with the global experts in ethics education.

The module contains the following key components:

  • Global Perspective on Ethics Teaching: trends, challenges and opportunities
  • The UNESCO Core Curriculum as a tool for promoting quality ethics education
  • Ethics Teaching in Action: what and how to teach (a model lesson)
  • Workshop: Sharing experiences in ethics teaching from the local perspective
  • Classroom communication: pedagogy and psychology of ethics teaching
  • Simulated teaching presentations by participants followed by feedback from the Course instructors

Within this framework, the Course can be modified to accommodate the specific needs and the expectations of the country and the region hosting the training.


The venues for ETTC events are selected based on the expressed regional capacity-building need for bioethics education, and an agreement made with the hosting institution. Often, the ETTC is offered in conjunction with the introduction of Bioethics Core Curriculum in the participating universities, with a view to training the instructors working with the curriculum.

In the past, the Ethics Teacher Training Courses have been held in the following locations: Baku, Azerbaijan (2012); Belgrade, Serbia (2011); Bratislava, Slovakia (2007); Bucharest, Romania (2006); Dubrovnik, Croatia (2012); Egerton, Kenya (2007); Minsk, Belarus (2008); Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2007); Vinvius, Lithuania (2012); Windhoek, Namibia (2012).


Mr Germán Solinís
Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology Section
Sector for Social and Human Sciences
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 45 68 38 37
E-mail: g.solinis(at)

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