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Event
  • 07.10.2021

Build Back Better: Ensuring Education Systems Become Resilient and Inclusive

The Inclusion and Equity Thematic Group is organising two webinars on 19 October at 8.00 am and 17 November at 12.00pm (London time) prior to the Policy Dialogue on Innovation in Teacher Policy and Practice for Educational Recovery, to collect the perspectives of stakeholders, which we will both inform the design of the workshop and provide content for sharing during the workshop. 

The Webinars and the Workshop will provide an opportunity for  stakeholders from across all UNESCO regions to share their perspectives on the following questions :

  • How can teacher policies become more inclusive and equitable by embracing local innovations that meet local needs while ensuring consistency in quality?
  • What steps need to be taken to enable more innovation in policy making? Who might be included in policy making processes? Whose voices count. How can we ensure that policy making process is inclusive?
  • What coalitions and partnerships are needed to ensure that inclusion and equity are central to planning for innovation at different levels in education systems? What role could fund agencies, civil society organisations, teacher unions, teacher educators and other partners play in planning, promoting, supporting, and sustaining innovation?

Both webinars will last for one hour. We will present perspectives gathered during the webinars at the Policy Forum to assist policy makers understand the role of inclusion and equity in innovation in teacher policy and practice for educational recovery.

Join us here.

Meeting ID: 930 6845 0130

Passcode: 796319

For more information please contact Purna Shrestha - Purna.Shrestha@vsoint.org.

Photo: Kenya, copyright VSO/Paul Wambugu.

Event
  • 07.10.2021

Build Back Better: Ensuring Education Systems Become Resilient and Inclusive

The Inclusion and Equity Thematic Group is organising two webinars on 19 October at 8.00 am and 17 November at 12.00pm (London time) prior to the Policy Dialogue on Innovation in Teacher Policy and Practice for Educational Recovery, to collect the perspectives of stakeholders, which we will both inform the design of the workshop and provide content for sharing during the workshop. 

The Webinars and the Workshop will provide an opportunity for  stakeholders from across all UNESCO regions to share their perspectives on the following questions :

  • How can teacher policies become more inclusive and equitable by embracing local innovations that meet local needs while ensuring consistency in quality?
  • What steps need to be taken to enable more innovation in policy making? Who might be included in policy making processes? Whose voices count. How can we ensure that policy making process is inclusive?
  • What coalitions and partnerships are needed to ensure that inclusion and equity are central to planning for innovation at different levels in education systems? What role could fund agencies, civil society organisations, teacher unions, teacher educators and other partners play in planning, promoting, supporting, and sustaining innovation?

Both webinars will last for one hour. We will present perspectives gathered during the webinars at the Policy Forum to assist policy makers understand the role of inclusion and equity in innovation in teacher policy and practice for educational recovery.

Join us here.

Meeting ID: 930 6845 0130

Passcode: 796319

For more information please contact Purna Shrestha - Purna.Shrestha@vsoint.org.

Photo: Kenya, copyright VSO/Paul Wambugu.

Blog
  • 06.09.2021

Ensuring inclusion and equity in teacher policies and practices: A sustainable strategy for post-pandemic recovery

Authors: James O'Meara from ICET and Purna Shresta from VSO.

The Global Education Summit in July raised a record US$4 billion, which will help 175 million children learn. This stunning effort shows what is possible when governments work with the UN and other intergovernmental organizations, alongside development agencies and organizations from civil society and the private sector. Such cooperation will help us achieve the common objective envisaged in the fourth Sustainable Development Goal: ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

Education that includes everyone and gives everyone a fair chance of learning is not possible without ensuring that everyone has access to quality teachers. It is crucial to implement policies and practices that promote inclusion and equity for teachers in every educational context, considering gender, socio-economic status, location, ability, and other factors that can lead to exclusion.

Ensuring that everyone has access to quality teachers requires significant levels of investment, especially in least developed countries and small island developing states. To ensure quality education for all by 2030, Sub-Saharan Africa – the region with the highest concentration of least developed countries – will need to recruit and prepare 15 million teachers.

Providing access to quality teachers for all requires:

Helping 175 million children learn moves us closer to the shared vision expressed in SDG4. The international education community will be able to maintain the momentum created by the Global Education Summit – and help to ensure quality teachers for all – at the 13th Policy Dialogue Forum and governance meetings of the International Task Force on Teachers for Education 2030, which will be held in Kigali, Rwanda, and online from December 1 to December 3, 2021. The meetings provide the ideal setting to come together again and invest in teachers now ­to ensure sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and prepare today’s learners for tomorrow.

Have your say in developing, implementing and assessing teaching policies

The Inclusion and Equity in Teacher Policies and Practices Thematic group is launching a series of online discussions – synchronous (September 2021) and asynchronous (October and November). The discussions are designed to allow you to get involved with shaping policies and practices that promote fair opportunities for all teachers. By sharing your knowledge, you can help bridge the growing gaps in teacher recruitment, preparation and deployment, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19.

Your engagement in this inclusive policy dialogue will ensure teachers and their representative organizations have a greater voice in policy-making processes. You can participate in these discussions at a time and place convenient to you, increasing the diversity of perspectives on how to provide pathways into teaching for the underserved, vulnerable and underrepresented (including migrants, people with disabilities, indigenous people, ethnic minorities and the poor), closing the teacher numbers gap across the globe.


Details of the first synchronous session on September 24 will be posted on the TTF website. If you are already a TTF member, please visit the TTF website and join the Inclusion and Equity in Teacher Policies and Practices thematic group in the Member Space before the event so you can receive information on TTF events. If you are not a TTF member, please contact the coordinators of the thematic group: Purna Shrestha at purna.shrestha@vsoint.org or James O’meara at james.omeara@tamiu.edu.


Photo: The teacher and her students in a Rwanda primary school. Credit: GPE

Event
  • 17.08.2021

Teacher training and curriculum: Developing teachers’ understanding of inclusive principles

The webinar aims to improve understanding of how teacher education can be fundamentally transformed to ensure that schools and the larger education system become more inclusive, a goal of inclusivity that will ultimately improve the quality of education for all children.

Objectives

  1. To raise understanding among partners of the importance of transforming the initial teacher training curriculum and the continuing of professional teacher development priorities
  2. To share research and learning on ‘best practice models’ for teacher development and practice, which aims to enhance innovative inclusive pedagogy and to ‘build back better’ after the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. To share ‘best practice’ examples from the region on how to support teachers providing individualised attention to children with disabilities, as well as to school managers to drive whole whole-school change
  4. To create momentum and collaboration potential across various stakeholders for the purpose of aligning technical resources at the country and global levels, thereby improving teacher training curricula that adhere to principles of inclusion in line with global commitments

 
Target Audience

The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders (including both policymakers and implementers) interested in reliable teacher training resources promoting inclusive education for all learners.


Working Language

English will be the working language of the webinar; live captioning and sign language will be made available.

Registration link

https://leonardcheshire.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bN072lrKTjSIgwZZGceH8A

For more information, please visit: https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/teacher-training-and-curriculum-developing-teachers-understanding-inclusive-principles

Event
  • 17.08.2021

Teacher training and curriculum: Developing teachers’ understanding of inclusive principles

The webinar aims to improve understanding of how teacher education can be fundamentally transformed to ensure that schools and the larger education system become more inclusive, a goal of inclusivity that will ultimately improve the quality of education for all children.

Objectives

  1. To raise understanding among partners of the importance of transforming the initial teacher training curriculum and the continuing of professional teacher development priorities
  2. To share research and learning on ‘best practice models’ for teacher development and practice, which aims to enhance innovative inclusive pedagogy and to ‘build back better’ after the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. To share ‘best practice’ examples from the region on how to support teachers providing individualised attention to children with disabilities, as well as to school managers to drive whole whole-school change
  4. To create momentum and collaboration potential across various stakeholders for the purpose of aligning technical resources at the country and global levels, thereby improving teacher training curricula that adhere to principles of inclusion in line with global commitments

 
Target Audience

The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders (including both policymakers and implementers) interested in reliable teacher training resources promoting inclusive education for all learners.


Working Language

English will be the working language of the webinar; live captioning and sign language will be made available.

Registration link

https://leonardcheshire.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bN072lrKTjSIgwZZGceH8A

For more information, please visit: https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/teacher-training-and-curriculum-developing-teachers-understanding-inclusive-principles

Event
  • 17.08.2021

Teacher training and curriculum: Developing teachers’ understanding of inclusive principles

The webinar aims to improve understanding of how teacher education can be fundamentally transformed to ensure that schools and the larger education system become more inclusive, a goal of inclusivity that will ultimately improve the quality of education for all children.

Objectives

  1. To raise understanding among partners of the importance of transforming the initial teacher training curriculum and the continuing of professional teacher development priorities
  2. To share research and learning on ‘best practice models’ for teacher development and practice, which aims to enhance innovative inclusive pedagogy and to ‘build back better’ after the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. To share ‘best practice’ examples from the region on how to support teachers providing individualised attention to children with disabilities, as well as to school managers to drive whole whole-school change
  4. To create momentum and collaboration potential across various stakeholders for the purpose of aligning technical resources at the country and global levels, thereby improving teacher training curricula that adhere to principles of inclusion in line with global commitments

 
Target Audience

The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders (including both policymakers and implementers) interested in reliable teacher training resources promoting inclusive education for all learners.


Working Language

English will be the working language of the webinar; live captioning and sign language will be made available.

Registration link

https://leonardcheshire.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bN072lrKTjSIgwZZGceH8A

For more information, please visit: https://bangkok.unesco.org/content/teacher-training-and-curriculum-developing-teachers-understanding-inclusive-principles