UNESCO Chair Newsletter December 2021 Long Journey Home #Sustainability4Ed

Long journey home - great discovery: when UNESCO thinking turns into action

Thank you for the incredible response towards the story of Lithuanian treaty documents. Following our newsletter in September 2021, we received an unbelievable number of kind messages from you. Thank you so much for showing your interest in this personal story.
For 42 years, our Chairholder Charles Hopkins kept invaluable Lithuanian treaties in his basement to rescue them from being destroyed. Despite several attempts, he was only able to return them to their rightful home this year and they have now arrived in Vilnius, Lithuania, and are being prepared for a National Exhibition to be opened in July 2022.
Why did a diplomat bring the original Lithuanian treaties, signed by many of the world leaders at the time, to Canada in 1949? Why did everyone think they had been lost during World War II? Find out more about this story, full of surprising turns and mystery.
virtual exhibition was launched by the Lithuanian Museum – Archives Canada on 24 November 2021. For his safekeeping, Charles Hopkins was awarded the Honors of the Archives by Dalius Žižys,
 Director of the Lithuanian Central State Archives.

#IndigenousESD at the 5th UNESCO Forum on Transformative Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship on 1 December 2021

Co-organized by UNESCO and the Asia-Pacific Centre of Education for International Understanding (APCEIU), and hosted by the Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea, this virtual event for 2,500 participants is a forum for discussion and promotion of transformative education.
Today, on 1 December 2021, York University´s UNESCO Chair
 will present the findings from the second research phase in the #IndigenousESD project, together with Pigga Keskitalo from Finland and Sheila Santharamohana from Malaysia. The research was used in advocating at the UN Human Rights Council at its 48th session in September 2021 to put access to quality education for all at the core of global COVID-19 recovery efforts for Indigenous communities. Forum sessions are streamed for the public.

Launching the new UNITWIN Network at the 5th UNESCO Forum on Transformative Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship on 1 December 2021

Today, on 1 December 2021, for the last day, you can also come visit us in our virtual booth at the venue of the UNESCO Forum in Korea. We welcome you to chat with us! We are launching the new UNITWIN Network and presenting the network and its founding partners in a virtual exhibition over the three days of the forum.
The UNITWIN Network on ESD and Social Transformation (UNiESD&ST) is a new collaboration between UNESCOYork UniversityRhodes UniversityHeidelberg University of EducationUniversity of CreteEarth Charter Centre at University of Peace and Leuphana University of Lueneburg to foster sustainability learning with teacher education and capacity building at the core.
The Chairs and their partner institutions are recognized think tanks in embedding ESD within education systems, pursuing transformative learning approaches, structurally changing curriculum development and delivering education services through technology. The main focus of this new UNITWIN Network
 is on strengthening the capacities of teachers at all levels of education-primary to tertiary in the space of formal and non-formal education to effectively and respectfully contextualize ESD knowledge, insight, research, and experience to enhance understanding in all UN regions.

Only a few days left to apply for contributions: York University and partners are looking for contributors for the Sustainable on the Go Conference

York University and partners are looking for contributors, such as moderators, speakers, rapporteurs, artists, and volunteers, to contribute to the Sustainable on the Go 2022, to be held on 24 January 2022, the fourth UN International Day of Education. Apply now to get involved!
Free registration for the event is also open for early birds. If you wonder what happened during the first conference in January 2021, the Sustainable on the Go 2021 Publication is also available online, check out the multimedia publication website.

Second International Conference on Innovation in Learning Instruction and Teacher Education on 11-12 December 2021

The Hanoi National University of Education (HNUE) will hold the Second International Conference on Innovation in Learning Instruction and Teacher Education virtually on 11-12 December 2021, with the support of the World Bank and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training. York University´s UNESCO Chair together with the National Taiwan Normal University, a member in the International Network of Teacher Education Institutions (INTEI), is proud to partner with HNUE for this event. Charles Hopkins will hold the keynote on Do our education systems hold a key to unlock a better world?
Registration for the event is still open until 9 December 2021 .

The promise of higher education: third launch event on 9 December 2021
Reimagining our futures together: a new social contract for education

In September 2021, the International Association of Universities (IAU) launched a new book ‘The Promise of Higher Education: Essays in Honour of 70 Years of IAU’ as part of their ongoing anniversary celebrations. The collection of 65 essays by 82 authors from all around the world, represents a fine analysis of and reflection on the past, current, and future of higher education and is a convincing testament to the work of the IAU over the years and into the future. IAU is celebrating the book launch with several online events. Register for the third launch event on Thursday, 9 December 2021 at 2:30 – 4:00 pm CET/8:30-10:00 am EST. Download your copy of the open access book.

Let’s reflect on education as we look to 2050: What should we continue doing? What should we abandon? What needs to be creatively invented afresh? UNESCO is proposing answers to these three essential questions in its new global report on the Futures of Education entitled Reimagining our futures together: A new social contract for education. Over a million people have taken part in the global consultation process that informed this long-awaited flagship publication which calls for a major transformation in education to repair past injustices and enhance our capacity to act together for a more sustainable and just future. Get involved with the report.

Virtual launch of the 2021/2 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report
UNESCO higher education conversation series: futures of higher education and the digital age

The 2021/2 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report will launch on 10 December 2021 with a global event taking place at the RewirEd Summit on 12 December 2021. Entitled ‘Who chooses, who loses?’ the 2021/2 GEM Report provides a balanced and informed global take on the theme of non-state actors in education; it concludes with recommendations that will enhance good practices in policies, laws and regulations.
Sign up to receive a copy of the UNESCO report in your inbox as soon as it’s launched.

The second event in the series of Higher Education Conversations in the leadup to the 3rd World Higher Education Conference (Barcelona, 18 – 20 May 2022) will take place on 7 December, 13-14 CET/7-8 am EST. It aims to bring together policy makers and higher education stakeholders to discuss how higher education must transform itself, as it faces one of the greatest periods of uncertainty in its long history, including the digital aspect. Find out more about the event and join the conversation.