APCEIU 안과밖2017.03.24 17:46

More than 500 experts, practitioners, and policymakers from across the world gathered in Ottawa, Canada and explored pedagogical approaches and teaching practices to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED). 

The UNESCO Week for Peace and Sustainable Development: the Role of Education (6-10 March 2017) brought together the Global Review Forum for the Global Action Programme on ESD (GAP) and the Third UNESCO Forum on GCED representing UNESCO's two major educational approaches. Participants examined good policies and practices for educators and teacher trainers to empower learners to become global citizens. 

On 8 March, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova officially opened the 5 - day event and an exhibition of 42 booths showcasing a wide variety of practices and approaches to ESD and GCED. “We need the education that promotes understanding between cultures, that strengthens the resilience of societies. And we need teachers equipped with the skills and confidence to foster these competences.” She highlighted the importance of teachers’ role to cultivate global citizenship. 

APCEIU participated in the exhibition under the name of ‘Global Citizen Campus’ which consists of hands-on activities related to GCED as well as SGDs, Global Citizen Passport, online materials such as GCED Clearing House, APCEIU’s publications including GCED best practices, etc. The APCEIU’s booth drew the attention of many participants, providing a platform for sharing practices, ideas, and insights on GCED.  

The Third UNESCO Forum on GCED, which opened on 8 March, drew together GCED experts, educational practitioners, civil society organizations, young people, research institutions and universities, UN agencies and other partners from the public, non-governmental and private sector from all regions.

“Teachers are on the frontlines of bringing GCED into learning environments. Without confident, qualified and well-prepared teachers, we cannot advance GCED,” said UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Qian Tang, at the official opening of the Forum.

Utak Chung, Director of APCEIU, in remarks at the opening of the Forum, pledged that APCEIU will continue to support promoting GCED with UNESCO and other partners. He also renewed the APCEIU’s endeavours towards the global advancement of GCED and reaffirmed that fostering global citizenship is not just the UN or UNESCO’s agenda, but ultimately a global agenda for all. 

During the Forum, APCEIU co-organised and supported two concurrent sessions. In collaboration with the UNESCO Bangkok Office, APCEIU organised a session titled “Preparing teachers for global citizenship education in Asia: what works?” on 9 March. Inviting two experts from the region, Francis Daehoon Lee (Sungkonghoe University) and Toh Swee-Hin (University of Alberta), the session explored themes and pedagogical methods through which GCED can be approached.

On 10 March, APCEIU supported a session titled “Teaching with young people: What do learners expect from GCED?”, led by the GCED Youth Network. The GCED Youth Network was established by a group of youth advocates for GCED who participated in APCEIU’s annual programme for youth. Anna Susarenco from Moldova and Lorena Gamarra from Peru introduced advocacy techniques which teachers and educators can use to engage young people in GCED. 

The third UNESCO Forum on GCED focused on teachers’ crucial role for pioneering frontline to bring GCED into classrooms and for achieving SDGs. Throughout the Forum, participants exchanged ideas and information on GCED and strengthened networks to ensure that practical change is brought into learning environment

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APCEIU 안과밖2014.02.07 11:11

SEOUL, 3 February 2014 - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova paid an official visit to the Asia Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (hereafter, APCEIU) on 3 February 2014.

The visit was in response to the invitation extended to her by Mr. Utak Chung, the Director of APCEIU, during the last 192th Executive Board.
Mr. Chung appreciated Mrs. Bokova for keeping her promise to visit APCEIU and stated that APCEIU also is trying its best to respond to the request of UNESCO HQ. “Madame Bokova suggested that we launch our projects for Myanmar; we are willing to hold a training workshop for educators and an EIU Photo Class for youth in Myanmar this year.” 
“This historic visit will encourage our staff, especially our female members who think Madame Bokova as a role model and are eager to work for UNESCO’s vision and mandate.” he added.


Following his introduction, Mrs. Bokova gave a speech. In her remarks, she stressed the importance of reconciliation through dialogue on shared history between different nations and races, mentioning APCEIU’s project ‘Promoting intercultural dialogue and a culture of peace in Southeast Asia through shared histories.’
“APCEIU is exercising its core function of fulfilling UNESCO’s mandate through various programmes of Education for International Understanding and Global Citizenship Education.”
Most of all, Mrs. Bokova applauded the ‘Technical Consultation on Global Citizenship Education’ organized by APCEIU under the auspices of UNESCO and the Korean government last year. She emphasized that fostering global citizenship through education is not only one of the three pillars of the Global Education First Initiative launched by the UN Secretary-General but also an imperative of education for the 21st century.
“As we now are moving toward 2015 when we will talk about the MDGs,” Mrs. Bokova said, “it is timely and necessary for us to craft sustainable and universal agendas.” In this regard, she mentioned that what UNESCO and APCEIU are doing is critical in promoting sustainable development and peace.
The visit provided an opportunity for both Mrs. Bokova and APCEIU to get feedback from each other directly. Mrs. Bokova was welcomed by almost 40 staff members and governing board members of APCEIU as well as delegates from Guro District in Seoul where APCEIU is located.


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EIU in the world2013.11.19 11:23



10 November, 2013 - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova expressed her sincerest condolence to the victims of the Super Typhoon Haiyan. Expressing her profound sympathy to the unprecedented devastation and terrible loss of lives, Ms Bokova promised to “stand ready to provide, within the Organization’s fields of competence, all the assistance the Philippines authorities may desire.”
Ms Bokova’s comments are in line with ongoing international efforts to rebuild the cities devastated by the super typhoon. Their efforts coincide after Climate Change Commissioner Yeb Sa?o delivered an emotional plea in the 19th United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Warsaw, Poland, as he claimed the typhoon was a manmade disaster also alerting global warming.
As the media reports, the United Nations pledged to provide 25 million US Dollars’ worth of medical supplies, drinking water and sanitary equipment. The World Food Programme (WFP) has agreed to allocate 2 million US Dollars for the disaster response while its officials joined an assessment mission to survey damage in the struck areas of Leyte and Samar. Meanwhile, the Korean government has decided to provide 5 million US Dollars of assistance, dispatching an emergency response team comprised of medical staff, rescue workers, KOICA staff and officials the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs report that a total of 9.5 million people across the Philippines have been affected by the super typhoon when it slammed the country last 8 November. Recorded as the most powerful storm to strike land, President Benigno Aquino III declared a state of emergency and implemented a curfew in the devastated area of Tacloban City.
(Photo ⓒ UN Information Centre Canberra, News by UNESCO)
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