ANGEL (Academic Network on Global Education & Learning) Conference 2023: “Global Education & Learning for a Just, Peaceful and Sustainable World”

The ANGEL (Academic Network on Global Education & Learning) Conference 2023 ended today at the UNESCO headquarters, after two intensive days of exchange, dialogue and networking. The ANGEL’s biennial conference brings together academics, researchers, policymakers and practitioners with an interest in research on Global Education & Learning, Education for Sustainability, and Global Citizenship. 

This year´s theme “Global Education & Learning for a Just, Peaceful and Sustainable World,” offered an opportunity to highlight ESD, GCED and Transformative Learning for education practice, research and policy. The Conference highlighted the importance of the relationship between researchers and policymakers and encouraged policy-relevant research and research-based policymaking, and well as generating activities that promote and enrich connections between researchers, policy-makers, and civil society organizations.

The conferenced counted with various presentations such as: Transforming Education for Just and Sustainable Futures by Sobhi Tawil (UNESCO) and GEL Database as a tool for research and policy by Massimiliano Tarozzi (ANGEL/University of Bologna) & La Salete Coelho. Global Citizenship, Sustainable Development and Transformative Education 

An interesting session on “Global Citizenship Education and Sustainability: Engaging the Earth Charter and Value-Creating Perspectives” with Prof. Hiroko Tomioka, Soka University Japan, Prof. Michiyo Kakegawa, Soka University Japan; Dr. Namrata Sharma, State University of New York USA (session chair and presenter) and Alexis Stones, IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education & Society (respondent).

Global partnerships to accelerate action for the SDGs – Research and Teaching Good Practices from Higher Education with Hilligje van’t Land, Secretary General, International Association of Universities, Isabel Toman, IAU Programme Officer, France, Beate Baldwin, Executive Director, Institute of Intercultural Communication and Management (ISIT), France, Max Spiegelberg, UNESCO Chair Coordinator and Researcher, Pädagogische Hochschule Heidelberg, Germany, Charles Hopkins, UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability and Katrin Kohl, UNESCO Chair Coordinator, York University, Canada.

Our executive director, Mirian Vilela and Prof. Arjen Wals (Wageningen University) offered the two keynotes in the last day afternoon on “Nurturing values of sustainability and global citizenship through education with the Earth Charter: A contribution to building a better” and “Fools rush in where ANGELs fear to tread: On the moral responsibility of educators, researchers, and policymakers in the Anthropocene” respectfully.

The event concluded with a beautiful reflection by Dr. Doug Bourn (ANGEL Chair / UCL University College London) on Where next for Global Education and Learning and ANGEL? 

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