WES 2012 - School Education Track: Contextual Education Practices... - Simmi Kher
Simmi Kher, Coordinator India, Tony Blair Faith Foundation
Speaker at: World Education Summit 2012
Date: 23-24 July, 2012
Venue: Le Meridien, New Delhi
Brief: Many years have passed since the United Nations launched the decade of education for sustainable development during the years 2005 to 2014. Now we are at the last two years of that decade. The UN General Assembly has designated UNESCO as a lead agency to promote the initiative of education for sustainable development.
The vision for this decade (2005- 2014) was to ensure that everyone in the world had the opportunity of benefitting from quality education. Everyone should be able to learn values and master new skills. Now the question to the educators is – Have we been successful in providing equal educational opportunities to all?
Education for sustainable development should focus on key issues like climate change, disasters reduction, biodiversity , poverty reduction, sustainable consumption, etc. This requires farreaching changes in the way education is practiced today. The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is devoted to contributing its mite in promoting cultural and religious empathy in the world. The Foundation is currently active in 19 countries.
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