Meaningful progress in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be supported through education and lifelong learning that builds social cohesion and promotes gender equality, human rights, global citizenship, peaceful resolution of conflicts, appreciation of cultural diversity and sustainable development.
NISSEM is committed to assisting education authorities in low- or middle-income, conflict-affected and post-conflict settings to advance the SDG goal for quality education. In particular, NISSEM focuses on all themes listed in Target 4.7, which incorporates, elevates and expands long-standing international commitments to education for positive behavioural and societal transformation. These themes will have to be adapted and refined into different languages, messages, and approaches by local policy-makers, curriculum developers, writers, and educators in ways that inspire appropriate local responses. The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report, for example, refers to many of the Target 4.7 themes as relating to ‘people and planet’. 1
1 The 2016 GEM Report sets out a comprehensive agenda on the need for ‘education for people and planet’, including several key messages:
+ Living sustainably requires a huge shift in mind set. Education has to be part of that change.
+ Progress in health, nutrition and gender equality is inextricably linked with progress in education.
+ Getting children into school does not result in more peace but the right type of education can help. Conflict and violence are meanwhile destroying education systems.
+ The world must pull together to overcome barriers to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
RECOMMENDATION 1: All existing education laws, policies, curricula, textbooks and other instructional materials, teacher education, and student assessments should be evaluated and strengthened to better support national and global SDG progress. Specific steps should be taken to incorporate messages for ‘people and planet’, including Global Citizenship Education (GCED) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD).