Earth Charter Education Conference 2019

A conference on Education, the Earth Charter,
and the Sustainable Development Goals

29 - 31 January 2019

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Leading the Way to Sustainability 2030

Organizer: Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace, Costa Rica
UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter

Objectives

  1. To share experiences and research on pedagogical approaches and lessons learned of the use of the Earth Charter in education settings, in connection with Education for Sustainable Development or Global Citizenship Education as indicated in the SDG 4.7.
  2. To generate a dialogue on a pedagogical approaches and research agenda for the EC Center for ESD, and its partners and affiliates to advance the implementation of the SDG 4.7 and the mission of the EC Initiative with regards to education
  3. To highlight programmes and offer some training opportunities that provide support to partners and the larger ESD community in using the Earth Charter to promote values related to sustainability and global citizenship education.

This event will also offer an opportunity to plan future conferences and identify research initiatives of common interest.

Context

In 2019, the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development will be focusing on the progress of SDG 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (among other interrelated goals), and will launch the Global Sustainable Development Report.  This report will be the first of a quadrennial series that will inform the high-level global reviews of the 2030 Agenda at the United Nations. In this sense, 2019 is an important year not only for governments, but also for civil society in general, to review the progress made towards the realization of the SDGs, specifically on education.

Education is central to the mission of the Earth Charter International, which is why it established an Education Center, whose activities highlight the importance of incorporating sustainability values and principles into the processes of learning and decision-making. The Center forges new paths in education for sustainable development, global citizenship education, and emerging leadership paradigm. The Center’s work is implemented under the framework of the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter, which works to generate educational programmes and research activities specifically on the intersection of sustainability, ethics and education.

Considering this context, ECI is organizing a conference on education around the SDG 4 target 7 implementation and the importance of education for the Earth Charter Initiative mission. The overall objective is to bring together academics and practitioners who have been using the Earth Charter in the sphere of education (through teaching or research), to present their experiences and share their lessons learned, and how these connect with the SDG 4.7, which states:

By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

This conference will contribute to the overall objectives of the EC+20, and will serve as a preamble for the major EC+20 networking event to take place in 2020.   In addition, the conference will offer some training opportunities for participants.

Call for abstracts

Those interested in participating as speakers, please send an abstract by 1 August 2018 to: info@earthcharter.org

The abstract should contain a title and a short description of the research or work to be presented, connecting it with at least one of the conference’s objectives.

Methodology

A three-day event with various type of activities:  keynote presentations, dialogue forums on research projects, good practice experiences, and workshops.

Options for field trips after the conference will be offered.

The conference’s main language will be English, with translation services to Spanish.

This will be the first of a series of academic conferences focus on the Earth Charter in education, and its contributions to the realization of Global Citizenship Education and Education for Sustainable Development. These conferences will take place every 2 years.

Participants

Around 60 to 90 participants representing ECI Affiliates, EC Center programme Alumni, EC Youth Leaders, ECI Partners, ECI Council members and other interested organizations. (Limited spaces available).

Registration

Registration Fee: US$200.00

Includes: meals during the conference, transportation from surrounding hotels to the conference venue, translation service.
Participants will be responsible to cover their travel costs (airfare, lodging and meals outside the conference), in addition to arrange transportation to and from the airport.
Information about hotels will be provided to interested participants.

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By 2030, ensure that all learners acquire the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including, among others, through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.

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Place and Date

This conference will take place on 29-31 January 2019, at the Earth Charter Center for ESD facilities, in the University for Peace, Costa Rica.

Registration

Registration Fee: $200

Includes: meals during the conference, transportation from surrounding hotels to the conference venue, translation service.
Participants will be responsible to cover their travel costs (airfare, lodging and meals outside the conference), in addition to arrange transportation to and from the airport.
Information about hotels will be provided to interested participants.