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Here you can discover background documents, interactive websites and major publications by UNESCO, other UN agencies, international NGOs or national initiatives which shall incite you to think and act.

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GCED Paper: Constellation of Twinned NGO-Schools - Brazil

The nature of this paper is to study and reflect upon the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) proposed by UNESCO in the post-2015 Development Agenda led by the United Nations. It is research for the triumverate of an epistemological-theoretical-methodological field that seeks to develop a consciousness-identity of “Earth-Homeland”, where human beings are seen as a same biological species with the same evolution, because the future history of humanity requires knowledge evolution towards new transcultural and transhumanist dialectics concepts in order to prevent future war conflicts. We propose the creation of a Constellation of Twinned NGO-Schools which develop altruistic educational projects of cooperation in all corners of the planet to build, ultimately, a new transdemocratic horizon in the GCED proposed by UNESCO for the twenty-first Century. Click here to read the paper

Underwater Cultural Heritage and Peace Education - Belgium

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War. The First World War is usually associated with the battles in the trenches. That the war also featured an important naval component is less known. Therefore, UNESCO has developed a project to focus on the sunken heritage of the First World War and to use it as a basis for peace and remembrance education. This project is supported by the Flemish Government. UNESCO Platform Vlaanderen provides a brochure on the importance of the protection of underwater heritage. It explains the potential of underwater heritage to make young people aware of the importance of heritage and the benefits of non-violent conflict resolution. Download

Education for peace and sustainable development - Concepts, clarity and cohesion

"Education for peace and sustainable development - Concepts, clarity and cohesion" is a set of papers commissioned by the UNESCO Mahatma Gandi Institute of Education (MGIEP). The future we want will demand approaches to peace and development that strike at the very core of our challenges, and change will have to be behavioural and systemic. Download

Teacher Training Module on "Sustainable Management of Schools" - Portugal

Report of the Teacher Training Module on "Sustainable Management of Schools", as a training material useful for head teachers and teacher trainers (in Portuguese) - This training module was held in the Algarve, Portugal, as a dissemination strategy of the project: "Education Action Plan about Millennium Development Goals through Schools twinning between North and South", coordinated by the University Ca Foscari of Venice. The "Centro de Formação Dr. Rui Grácio" (Lagos, Portugal) is an associated partner of this international project partnership and has collaborated with the Algarve Regional Board of Education for the implementation of a training module addressed to all school head teachers of the Algarve. The training module practiced within the framework of the Project with the Portuguese head teachers was developed on two pillars: Environmental management and intercultural management of schools. It focuses on the exigency to provide to all participants useful instruments that contribute effectively to the implementation of the School Agenda 21. This Agenda 21 is oriented towards Decentralized Cooperation and to the North - South planning in the Italian, French, Bulgarian, Portuguese, Cameroonian and Burkinabé schools.
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Synthesis of the global Teacher Training project (English) 
Synthesis of the Training Module for Head teachers (French)

Learning to Live Together Programme for Ethics Education

"Learning to Live Together: An Intercultural and Interfaith Program for Ethics Education" is a tool-kit for educators to teach children about respecting and understanding diverse faiths, religions and ethical beliefs. The toolkit aims to help young people and children develop ethical decision-making skills and nurture a sense of belonging, community and values. Its aim is to ultimately shape attitudes for building peace through teaching tolerance and mutual understanding. Download

MDG Teaching Resources

The website of the "End Poverty 2015 Millennium Campaign" regroups a wide collection of teaching and learning resources around the 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), in English, French and Spanish. You will find basic information pamphlets, toolkits, games, booklets, reports and classroom activities. You can search the database by language, a specific MDG or a specific resource type. Access the site

Teaching Respect for All Implementation Guide

Teaching Respect for All (TRA) is a joint UNESCO-USA-Brazil project to counteract discrimination both in and through education, by strengthening the foundations of mutual tolerance and cultivating respect for all people, regardless of colour, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or religious orientation/identity. TRA focuses efforts on the formal and informal classroom, targeting learners of 8-16 years old. This TRA Implementation Guide comprises a set of policy guidelines, questions for selfreflection, ideas and examples of learning activities to integrate TRA into all aspects of upper primary and lower secondary education. It mainly targets policy makers as well as formal and informal educators. Download

GCED: Preparing Learners for the Challenges of the 21st Century

What is GCED? Do we learn it in school? What difference can it make if it is a common feature of all education systems? How can it be implemented and scaled up? The answers to these questions and others can be found in a new publication released by UNESCO in May 2014. It has been prepared for education policy makers, practitioners, civil society organizations and young people from all regions of the world with an interest in equipping learners with the knowledge, skills and values they need to thrive as global citizens in the twenty-first century. Download

From Green Economies to Green Societies

Education, sciences, culture, information and communication have the power to induce and support the necessary transformational changes towards sustainable development and green societies. The Sourcebook "From Green Economies to Green Societies – UNESCO’s Commitment to Sustainable Development" provides concrete examples of UNESCO’s work at the global, regional and national level to achieve this grand objective.

Learning to live together in the Asia-Pacific

Is it possible to devise a form of education which might make it possible to avoid conflicts or resolve them peacefully by developing respect for other people, their cultures and their spiritual values? "Learning to Live Together: Education Policies and Realities in the Asia-Pacific" seeks to answer this question and sheds light on how ‘Learning to Live Together’ can be implemented and become a reality in the classroom.