Dear ASPnet community,Dear National Coordinators,Dear teachers, students and parents,
Among our ASPnet members, we have over 100 Teacher Training Institutes (TTIs) in more than 30 countries around the world. TTIs are the fundamental vehicles to achieve SDG4 target 4.7 through the capacity-building of future educators. For that reason, we dedicate this issue to the role of TTIs within the context of UNESCO and as ASPnet members. And we are happy to include a special message from Mr Borhene Chakroun, Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems and Chief of the Section for Teacher Education a.i. about UNESCO's work with TTIs and Global Citizenship Education for Sustainable Development.
We also feature a mapping on how TTIs are engaged within ASPnet, and information on our current "Change Initiative" activity which was launched with a successful webinar, the first in a series, aimed at promoting SDG target 4.7 through Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development in teacher education and training. The image accompanying my message is a thought cloud shared by the participants at the webinar, which shows their positive experiences and appreciation for the exchanges with colleagues around the world.
This issue also highlights good examples of ASPnet's increasing involvement and visibility in numerous UNESCO activities, as well as inspiring voices shared by some amazing students. We encourage you to regularly check our new dedicated page on the ASPnet website for interesting and relevant news as they happen! Finally, yet importantly, as we strive to continually improve our newsletter, we want to sincerely thank those who have provided us with their valuable inputs through the survey shared in the last issue. I also invite again those who have not yet done so to contribute your inputs! You are the network, and your voices are essential!
Stay safe. Stay CONNECTed!
Julie Saito, ASPnet International Coordinator
Mapping of ASPnet Teacher Training Institutions
ASPnet's Change Initiative – First Webinar with Teacher Training Institutions
News from ASPnet
In 2021, UNESCO will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme and its World Network of Biosphere reserves, intended as 'learning places for sustainable development', ASPnet schools having been involved frequently. The Programme would like to find out more about partnerships between ASPnet schools and UNESCO biosphere reserves in your country, including collecting examples of good practices. The call to participate in a short survey before 20 November 2020.
"Solidarity France-Lebanon" Project
We are very excited to share with you an article ASPnet contributed to the 21st edition of the education magazine "ENGAGE– Changing Lives through Education", with the issue focusing on the theme of "Education and Sustainability". ENGAGE is a magazine published by the Steve Sinnot Foundation, a UK based NGO supporting teachers and educators in the pursuit of SDG 4. Read the full article.