UNESCO’s Ethics Teachers Training Course in Fiji: Focus on Quality Ethics Education in the Pacific

UNESCO’s Ethics Teachers Training Course (ETTC) hosted by Fiji National University on 14-18 October 2019 is bringing together ethics educators from around the country for an intensive week of immersive and interactive learning.

Held for the first time in the Pacific Small Island Developing State, this ETTC is a collaborative effort between UNESCO and Fiji National University, designed to respond to the bioethics teaching needs in Fiji and a wider Pacific region, with particular emphasis on Small Island Developing States. The participants are exploring effective ways to teach the universal ethical principles enshrined in UNESCO’s global standard-setting instruments, such as the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights and the Declaration on Ethical Principles in relation to Climate Change.

The Course features sessions delivered by the leading ethics education experts, including the lecturers from the Fiji National University and University of South Pacific, focusing on two important aspects: what to teach (content), and how to teach (pedagogy). The Programme of the Course also includes teaching demonstrations by the participants, followed by immediate feedback from the experts and the fellow participants.

The Ethic Teachers Training Course 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. UNESCO’s Bioethics Core Curriculum is a key ethics education tool that provides the structure of the ETTC.

For more information on ETTC project, please consult the ETTC Brochure or Mr Irakli Khodeli (i.khodeli(at) at UNESCO Office, Jakarta.  

For the Programme of the ETTC at Fiji National University and the list of facilitators, please click here.