8 – 8 November, 2022

Webinar: Re-thinking Education for the current times: A conversation with Fernando Reimers, Mirian Vilela and Akpezi Ogbuigwe

This webinar will be an opportunity to identify synergies and opportunities between the UNESCO’s Futures of Education Initiative and ESD 2030 Roadmap, and other similar efforts.  

Date: Tuesday, 8 November (11:00am Costa Rica, 12:00pm ET, 6:00pm CET)

The United Nations, especially through UNESCO, has been putting as a high priority the transformation of education to face our current challenges and help better shape the future. The invitation to rethink education is not only for governmental institutions, but all individuals and institutions working in this field, who are also called to rethink and reimagine how education can help us build a more just, sustainable and peaceful world. 

In this webinar, moderated by Akpezi Ogbuigwe, we will learn about these ongoing efforts from Fernando Reimers, member of the International Commission on Futures of Education convened by UNESCO, that was responsible of drafting the report: Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education, which is part of the Futures of Education Initiative.  

We will also learn from Mirian Vilela, Executive Director of Earth Charter International, who has been collaborating with UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development efforts since 2004, and was member of the UNESCO Expert Group for the UN Decade on ESD, then the Global Action Programme on ESD and now is part of the Education for Sustainable Development ESD 2030 Network. She holds the UNESCO Chair on ESD with the Earth Charter, based at the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at the University for Peace.  

This webinar will identify synergies and opportunities between the UNESCO’s Futures of Education Initiative and ESD 2030 Roadmap, and other similar efforts.  

In specific, this webinar will:  

  • Look at key ideas highlighted in these two major efforts, their similarities, and the opportunities they present to transform education at various contexts. 
  • Look at how these efforts emphasize the need to reorient the purpose of education towards fostering a culture of care and responsibility and ecological consciousness. 
  • Explore the role values education and ethics have in the transformation of education practice and the notion of education as a global common. How do we envision bringing values and ethics more to the center of education?  

The spaces in Zoom will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  

If you are unable to participate in zoom, or did not get a ticket, this webinar will be also broadcasted on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/ECInternational  

Fernando M. Reimers

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Fernando M. Reimers is the Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of The International Education Policy Program at Harvard University. He is interested in advancing understanding of the ways schools can empower students to participate civically and economically, and to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. He is a member of UNESCOs Commission on the Futures of Education that authored the report Reimagining Our Futures Together. A New Social Contract for Education.
Learn more here: https://fernando-reimers.gse.harvard.edu/

Mirian Vilela

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Mirian Vilela is the Executive Director of the Earth Charter International Secretariat and the Center for Education for Sustainable Development at UPEACE. Mirian has been working with the Earth Charter Initiative since early 1996. She coordinates the UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development with the Earth Charter and served as a member of the UNESCO Expert Reference Group for the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (DESD). Over the years she has led and facilitated numerous international workshops, courses and seminars on values and principles for sustainability. Prior to her work with the Earth Charter, Mirian worked for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) for two years in preparation of the 1992 UN Earth Summit and a year at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). She actively participated in the 2002 World Summit of Sustainable Development, held in Johannesburg, and the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development/Rio+20. Mirian holds a PhD. in Education from LaSalle University and a Master´s Degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was an Edward Mason Fellow. She is originally from Brazil.

Akpezi Ogbuigwe

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Akpezi Ogbuigwe (Nigeria, Lagos) – A true nationalist and internationalist, Dr. Akpezi Ogbuigwe is a respected and high-profile expert in transformational change in higher education in Africa, environmental law, environmental education, and climate change education. She leads the Star Advantage Network. Her International Career saw her in various leadership positions with the United Nations where she was opportune to initiate and promote several initiatives on environment and sustainable development issues. She has a passion for equity, freedom and transparency in the promotion and execution of sustainable development policies and goals. She believes we can all in the context of respect for all peoples and the environment, achieve the sustainable development goals for a more peaceful and prosperous future for all. She is a Board Member of the Earth Charter International where she helps promote the Earth Charter Principles of respect and care for the community of life, ecological integrity, social and economic justice, and democracy, nonviolence and peace.