Consultation and Planning meeting “Education for Sustainable Development in Central Asia” in Almaty
In the framework of the Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO Almaty launches a first meeting for the project "Sustainability begins with Teachers in Central Asia". The meeting brings together a number of key experts and partners working in the field of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and teacher education in order to consult with them on the project and plan the work ahead.
The preliminary results of the Needs Assessment study on ESD and teacher education in Central Asia conducted by several invited experts will be presented at the meeting.
UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office for Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in cooperation with UNESCO Office in Tashkent and Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education, with support of Japan Funds-in-Trust, organizes a meeting to facilitate the progress towards successful implementation of ESD among teachers of Central Asia. This meeting focuses on preparing the project for the GAP Priority Action Area 3 - building capacities of educators and trainers, and it will be implemented in Central Asia.
Educators of Central Asia face the task of adopting the values of ESD and incorporating ESD goals in education. Education institutions, teacher educators and teachers are responsible for delivery of quality education. Therefore, a Consultation and Planning meeting serves to assess the engagement of these actors in the process of implementing the ESD programme in Central Asia.
As a consequence, the civil society, government and international agencies will rely on the findings presented at the meeting to adopt the means and employ new tools suited for integrating ESD into education programmes, education institutions and teacher curricula of the countries of Central Asia.
The invited experts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are expected to prepare a Needs Assessment study to identify the practices of implementing ESD in corresponding countries and demonstrate the impact of enacted ESD programmes in teacher curricula and education institutions of Central Asia.
Some of the invited participants are UNESCO representatives from Asia-Pacific, other Central Asia offices and UNICEF, members of SWEDESD, Central Asian policy-makers and non-governmental organizations.
The two-day consultation and planning event expects up to 25 participants participants from Europe, Central Asia and Asia-Pacific region to empower teachers in mainstreaming ESD and support education centers and institutions to enable learners to contribute to sustainable societies in Central Asian countries.