previous and upcoming events

SEL SPOTLIGHT: THE GEORG ECKERT INSTITUTE

July 16, 2018

Are you interested in how SEL relates to global citizenship education (GCE) and their application to textbook revision? A recent project by the Georg Eckert Insitute (GEI) used the UNESCO guidelines on GCE to examine the dynamic between GCE at a local and national level in addition to the Global North and South. The aim was to provide insights in the field using a post-colonial lens and examine how GCE values are depicted and modified during textbook revision and the form GCE values take in the classroom.

Among the conceptual dimensions of GCE outlined by the GEI, the socio-emotional dimension involves a a sense of shared connectedness and common values along the lines of "solidarity, empathy and respect for cultural and religious diversity" ("Textbooks Put to the Test," 2017).

For additional information please take a look at the "Textbooks Put to the Test: Global Citizenship Education in International Perspective" page available on the Georg Eckert Institute website (Click here). The page is approximately a 2 minute, 32 second read.

USAID/AFRICA BUREAU PROJECT “EXPANSION OF THE USAID GENDER AND INCLUSIVENESS GUIDE”

July 16, 2018

A new project was launched on June 1 aimed at producing an SEL supplement and video to accompany USAID’s A Guide for Strengthening Gender Equality and Inclusiveness in Teaching and Learning Materials (RTI International, 2015). Under the supervision of NISSEM organizing committee member Jean Bernard and with major contributions from other NISSEM members, content is currently being drafted that will provide additional guidance to writers and illustrators in Africa on how to embed SEL into textbooks and other materials in ways that support the key messages of the 2015 Guide. Following a process of review by a group of international researchers and practitioners, the guidance document and instructional video for writer’s workshops are scheduled for completion by September, 2015.

NISSEM UPDATE: UNESCO COMMISSIONED REPORT

September 06, 2018

Prof Aaron Benavot, of the University at Albany, SUNY, supported by NISSEM colleagues, is undertaking a research project for UNESCO, on Learning and Teaching Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Global Citizenship Education (GCED) in the Transition from Early Childhood to Primary and Secondary Education.

The project is...being undertaken jointly with the Sustainability and Education Policy Network of the University of Saskatchewan, directed by Prof Marcia McKenzie. The aim of the study is to compare the balance of cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioural objectives in national education policies for global citizenship education (GCED) and education for sustainable development (ESD) at pre-primary primary and secondary level, in two selected countries from each of the five UNESCO Regions..The research report will feed into a global meeting on ESD and GCED to be convened by UNESCO in April 2019.

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