A new Teacher Competency Framework for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) has been created in the Asia Pacific region through the collaboration of 34 teacher education institutions from Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Bhutan, the Republic of Korea and beyond. The objective of the framework is to contribute to the achievement of the UN’s SDG targets 4.7 and 12.8 by 2030.
The framework provides a blueprint to support the training of both pre-service and in-service teachers in the Asia-Pacific region and globally. It outlines three key domains for Education for Sustainable Development: 1) to facilitate learning; 2) to connect collaborate and engage; and 3) to continue to learn, reflect, innovate and transform.
Over 70 teacher educators, researchers, and education ministry representatives actively participated in the development of the framework during two UNESCO-funded meetings of the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting of Teacher Education for ESD held in Bangkok and Okayama, in September and November 2019. The dissemination of the framework is supported by a variety of organizations such as UNESCO Bangkok, the Asia-Pacific Cultural Centre for UNESCO (ACCU), and the Japan and York University (Canada) International Network of Teacher Education Institutions (INTEI). Each contributory institution is committed to shaping the future by developing, implementing and evaluating new courses and classes for ESD teacher education based on this framework.
The implementation of the framework has the potential to create valuable academic ESD networks, to generate abundant ESD research opportunities and to create future leaders in sustainability who will inspire generations of sustainability-conscious citizens across Asia-Pacific and the globe.
Contributed by Kimberly Pallozzi, with special thanks to Dr. Hiroki Fujii, UNESCO Chair on Research and Education for Sustainable Development, Okayama University, Japan.
For more information see: Report on the Porject "Teacher Education for ESD in the Asia-Pacific Region", and Asia-Pacific ESD Teacher Competency Framework.