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[Presentation Materials] 5th UNESCO Forum on Transformative Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship, Health and Well-being ​

5th UNESCO Forum on Transformative Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship, Health and Well-being: The implementation of transformative education – where do we stand?


Presentation materials from the 5th UNESCO Forum on Transformative Education are now available to download at the GCED Clearinghouse.


From 29 November to 1 December 2021, the 5th UNESCO Forum on Transformative Education for Sustainable Development, Global Citizenship, Health and Well-being was held virtually from Seoul, Republic of Korea. Co-organized by UNESCO and APCEIU, and hosted by the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea, the forum gathered about 3,000 online participants.


In view of underlining the complementarity and synergy among diverse education programmes and approaches that have been furthering increased quality and relevance of education and learning, UNESCO has been moving towards an integrated approach to SDG Target 4.7 that brings together under the term of “transformative education” to open the way for innovation in education today.


In recent years, many global, regional and national efforts have been made to monitor progress towards Target 4.7, or transformative education. Against the background of these efforts, which all have their respective strengths and weaknesses, and in light of the many efforts underway to implement transformative education, Member States and other stakeholders have increasingly voiced the need to understand better what concrete progress in transformative education looks like and how it can best be captured. The 5th Forum responded to this need.



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Opening remarks

·         Ms Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

·         Ms Eun-hae Yoo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Republic of Korea

·         Mr Jong-ho Kyun, Director-General, Public Diplomacy and Cultural Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea

·         Mr Hyun Mook Lim, Director, APCEIU


·         Mr Alexander Leicht, Chief, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO

·         Ms Jeongmin Eom, Head of Office of Research and Development, APCEIU


A moderated conversation on transformative education

Moderator: Mr Eric Falt, Director, UNESCO New Delhi Office


·         Mr Nepomuceno A. Malaluan, Undersecretary of Education, Department of Education, Philippines

·         Mr Amr Abdalla, Professor Emeritus, the University for Peace, Egypt


Strand 1 – What does progress in transformative education look like – a look at practices at the country level 


Plenary session 1

Moderator: Ms Krista Pikkat, Director, UNESCO Almaty Office


·       Mr Shadreck Majwabe, Director of the Department of Curriculum Development and Evaluation, Ministry of Basic Education, Botswana

·       Mr Thomas Greiner, Head of Subdivision,Lifelong Learning, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

·       Ms Taka Horio, Assistant Secretary-General, the Japanese National Commission for UNESCO & ASP National Coordinator, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan

·       Ms Niveen Jouhar, Member of Directorate of Curricula, Ministry of Education, Jordan


Concurrent sessions 1


Session 1.1 – Policy

Moderator: Ms Akpezi Ogbuigwe, Founder, Anpez Centre for Environment and Development, Nigeria


·         Mr Arjen Wals, UNESCO Chair, Social Learning and Sustainable Development, University of Wageningen, Netherlands

·         Ms Anna-Karin Johansson, Swedish National Commission for UNESCO, Ministry of Education, Sweden

·         Mr Felipe de Souza Costa, São Paulo Municipal Secretariat of Education, Brazil

·         Mr El Hadji Gueye, Founder, Banlieu UP, Senegal


Session 1.2 – Curricula, pedagogy and assessment

Moderator: Mr Yao Ydo, Director, UNESCO International Bureau of Education (IBE)


·         Dr Esther Care, Professor, University of Melbourne, Australia

·         Ms Lynndina Essack, Senior Education Officer, Department of Education Services, Ministry of Education, Seychelles

·         Mr Daehoon Jho, Professor, Sungshin Women's University, Republic of Korea

·         Dr Jinan Karameh Chaya, Principal, Al Manar Modern School (UNESCO Associated Schools Network member), Lebanon


Session 1.3 – Learning environment

Moderator: Mr Chris Castle, Chief of Section of Education for Health and Well-being, UNESCO


·         Prof. Didier Jourdan, UNESCO Chair and Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center "Global Health & Education"

·        Prof. James O’Higgins Norman, Director of the National Anti-Bullying Centre, the Dublin City University, Ireland & UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace

·         Ms Bolorchimeg Dagva, Adolescents and HIV Specialist, UNICEF, Mongolia


Strand 2 – What does progress in transformative education look like – a look at recent global and regional data


Plenary session 2

Moderator: Mr Sobhi Tawil, Director, Future of Learning and Innovation, UNESCO


·         Ms Miho Taguma, Senior Policy Analyst on OECD Learning Compass 2030 and SDG 4.7

·         Ms Leanne Riley, Unit Head, Surveillance, Monitoring and Reporting, Department of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs), World Health Organization

·         Ms Valeria Damiani, Associate Professor, La Libera Università Maria SS. Assunta (LUMSA) University, Italy

·        Mr Carlos Henríquez Calderon, Coordinator of the Latin American Laboratory for Assessment of the Quality Education (LLECE), Regional Bureau for Education in Latin America and the Caribbean (OREALC), UNESCO Santiago Office


Concurrent sessions 2


Session 2.1 – How to address social and emotional dimensions of learning in assessment?


·         Ms Cecilia Barbieri, Chief, Section of Education for Global Citizenship & Peace, UNESCO


·         Ms Nandini Chatterjee, Senior National Project Officer, UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)

·         Ms Valerie Shapiro, Associate Professor, University of California Berkeley, USA

·         Mr Pablo Pincheira, Training Director, Forja Chile, Chile


Session 2.2 – Making adult learning and education visible within lifelong learning: strengthening non-formal education for individual, social and system level transformation

Moderator: Mr Jose Roberto Guevara, President, International Council for Adult Education


·         Mr Nicolas Jonas, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)

·         Ms Mo Winnie Wang, Programme Specialist, UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL)

·         Mr Denis Barrett, Coordinator of Cork Learning City, Ireland


Session 2.3 – What do we need to monitor/measure/assess in transformative education - gaps and opportunities?

Moderator: Dr Marcia McKenzie, Director, MEECE Project and SEPN, and Professor, the University of Melbourne, Australia


·         Mr Doug McCall, Executive Director, International School Health Network

·         Mr Antoine Marivin, Project Manager, UNICEF-East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO)

·         Dr Julia Kim, Programme Director, the Gross National Happiness Centre, Bhutan


Special Session by the Host Country (Plenary)Experiences from the Republic of Korea and Beyond: Progress, Challenges and New Visions

Moderator: Mr Soon-yong Pak, Professor, Yonsei University, Republic of Korea


·         Mr Hwanbo Park, Professor, Chungnam University, Republic of Korea

·         Mr Cheol-Jin Yang, Teacher at Songwoo Middle School & Co-Founder/Director of Neuroo, Republic of Korea


·         Ms Sun-Kyung Lee, Professor, Cheongju National University of Education, Republic of Korea

·         Mr Aaron Benavot, Professor, University of Albany, USA


Strand 3– What does progress in transformative education look like – the crucial role of teachers


Plenary session 3


·         Ms Antonia Wulff, Director of Policy, Advocacy and Research, Education International

·         Mr Christophe Cornu, Senior Project Officer, Section of Education for Health and Well-being, UNESCO


·         Mr William Gaudelli, Dean, College of Education & Vice Provost for innovation in education, Lehigh University, USA

·         Mr Carmel Cefai, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Malta, Malta


·         Mr Anil Ramdewor, Ministry of Education, Mauritius

·         Mr Souphap Khounvixay, Advisor, Cabinet Office of the Minister for Education and Sports, Lao People's Democratic Republic

·         Ms Miri Yemini, Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Administration, the Jaime and Joan Constantiner School of Education, Tel Aviv University, Israel

·         Mr Bert Tuga, President, Philippines Normal University, Philippines

·         Ms Anh Duong Phuong, Teacher and youth activist for gender equality and girls’ rights, Viet Nam

·         Mr Renato Jiménez Cabrera, teacher trainer, the Benemérita Escuela Nacional de Maestros, Mexico


Concurrent sessions 3


Session 3.1 – Teacher preparedness

Moderator: Dr Jim Taylor, Research Associate, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


·         Dr Dy Samsideth, Deputy Director General for Education, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, Cambodia

·         Dr Mieke van Ingelghem, Lecturer, UC Leuven Limburg Teacher Education (UNESCO Associated Schools Network member), Belgium


Session 3.2 – Teaching and learning resources and materials

Moderator: Ms Yumiko Yokozeki, Director, UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA)


·         Mr Dennis Sinyolo, Director, Education International’s African Regional Office

·         Ms Mary Sichangi, Head of Department, Partnerships & Linkages, Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in Africa (CEMASTEA)

·         Mr Temechegn Engida, Program Officer, UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA)


Session 3.3 – School and community support

Moderator: Mr Carlos Vargas, Chief of Section of Teacher Development, UNESCO


·         Mr Carlos Enrique Rodoriguez Rivas, Head, National Teacher Training Institute, Ministry of Education, El Salvador

·         Dr James Williams, Professor, School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University, USA

·         Mr Kiichi Oyasu, Director, Education Cooperation Department of Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU), Japan


Strand 4 – What does progress in transformative education look like – conclusions and next steps


Plenary session 4

Moderator: Ms Vibeke Jensen, Director, Division of Peace and Sustainable Development, UNESCO

Presentation of the key ideas for recommendation:

·         Mr Alexander Leicht, Chief of Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO


·         Mr Nilantha Gunasekara, Deputy Director, School Health and Nutrition Branch, Ministry of Education, Sri Lanka

·         Ms Chandrika Bahadur, Director, SDG Academy

·         Ms Katarina Popovic, Professor, Department of Andragogy, University of Belgrade, Serbia & Secretary General, the International Council for Adult Education (ICAE)

·         Mr Hyun Mook Lim, Director, APCEIU, Republic of Korea

·         Mr Aaron Benavot, Professor, University of Albany, USA


Concurrent sessions 4


Session 4.1 – Policy makers

Moderator: Mr Sam Loni, Programme Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, USA


·         Ms Catherine Matara, Assistant Director of Education, Ministry of Education, Kenya

·         Ms Sandra Allison Soria Mendoza, Head of the Environmental Education Unit and Environmental Education Specialist, Ministry of Education of Peru

·         Ms Saher Baig, Representative, Youth4Climate


Session 4.2 – Practitioners

Moderator: Ms Monica Froehler, CEO, Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens


·         Mr Umair Mushtaq, Project Manager, The Little Art, Pakistan

·         Ms Elena Diryugina, Head of methodology and evaluation department, Investment to the Future, Russian Federation

·         Ms Libby Giles, Head of Global Citizenship, St Cuthbert’s College, Director, New Zealand Centre for Global Studies, New Zealand


Session 4.3 – Monitoring experts on measurement frameworks, M&E, and data

Moderator: Mr Ralph Carstens, Senior Research Advisor, International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA)


·         Ms Mónika Réti, Representative of Hungary, UNECE working group on monitoring of the ESD strategy

·         Mr Le Anh Vinh, Deputy Director General, Viet Nam Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES)

·         Mr Hilaire Hounkpodoté, Coordinator of the Programme for the Analysis of Education Systems (PASEC), CONFEMEN

·         Mr Guy-Roger Kaba, Coordinator of the Observatory on the Quality of Education, CONFEMEN


Special concurrent sessions


Special Concurrent Session 1  

Sulitest – Raising & Mapping Awareness of the Global Goals

·         Mr Aurelien Decamps, Co-founder, Sulitest

The Danish Institute for Human Rights / SDG Target 4.7

·         Ms Kristina Helland Strandby, Senior Advisor, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Sweden


Special Concurrent Session 2  

Mapping GCED network in North America and Europe

·         Mr Massimiliano Tarozzi, Professor, University of Bologna, Italy

Monitoring and Evaluating Climate Communication and Education (MECCE) Project

·         Dr Marcia McKenzie, Director, MECCE Project and SEPN, and Professor, the University of Melbourne, Australia


Special Concurrent Session 3

Reorienting education and training systems to improve the lives of indigenous youth

·         Mr Charles Hopkins, Chairholder, UNESCO Chair in Reorientating Education towards Sustainability, York University

·         Ms Katrin Kohl, Executive Chair Coordinator, UNESCO Chair in Reorientating Education towards Sustainability, York University

·         Ms Pigga Keskitalo, University Researcher, University of Lapland, Finland

·         Ms Sheila Santharamohana, Designer of Curriculum and Instructional Design, LeadEd Services, Malaysia

Mapping Education for Sustainability in the Nordic countries

·         Mr Robert J. Didham, UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Lifestyles, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway




Celebration (Korean cultural performance)

Messages from Youth

·         Ms Anna Susarenco, Youth Leader, Moldova

·         Ms Shamah Bulangis, Co-chair, Transform Education, Philippines

Concluding remarks

·         Mr Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education

·         Mr Hyun Mook Lim, Director, APCEIU


·         Ms Jun Morohashi, Programme Specialist, Section of Education for Sustainable Development, UNESCO

·         Ms Jeehyeon Kim, Senior Programme Specialist, Office of Research and Development, APCEIU